Help identify bacterium

Daniel Elad elad at agri.huji.ac.il
Tue Dec 24 15:08:29 EST 1996

Season's greetings to everybody

Recently I had the occasion to culture swabs from ears, eyes and noses
of 22 lions which were anesthetized for other reasons. The most
frequent bacterium isolate grows at 37C under normal atmosphere as
pinpoint alpha hemolytic colonies on blood agar, grows on McConkey
agar, seems to be Gram positive (although some faint Gram negative
forms are present in the background), but the most impressive
characteristic is that it is extremely pleomorphic: forms from cocci
to long, thick, filaments, some tapering at their end, are present.
Additional biochemical is gathered currently but I wonder if somebody
could give me a hint as to identity of these isolates.

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year


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