Staphylococcus caprae

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Staphylococcus caprae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Firmicutes
Class: Bacilli
Order: Bacillales
Family: Staphylococcaceae
Genus: Staphylococcus
Species: S. caprae
Binomial name
Staphylococcus caprae
Devriese et al. 1983

Staphylococcus caprae is a Gram-positive, coccus bacteria and a member of the genus Staphylococcus. S. caprae is coagulase-negative. It was originally isolated from goats (caprae means "of a goat"), but members of this species have also been isolated from human samples.

Clinical importance[edit]

S. caprae occurs as a commensal on human skin, but has also been implicated in infections of the bloodstream, urinary tract, bones, and joints. Because S. caprae is difficult to identify definitively in the laboratory,[1] it likely occurs more often than the medical literature suggests.


  1. ^ Carretto E; Barbarini D; Couto I; De Vitis D; Marone P; Verhoef J; De Lencastre H; Brisse S. (2005). "Identification of coagulase-negative staphylococci other than Staphylococcus epidermidis by automated ribotyping.". Clin Microbiol Infect. 11 (3): 177–184. doi:10.1111/j.1469-0691.2004.01052.x. PMID 15715714. 

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