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Species/Subspecies: Campylobacter fetus subsp. fetus
Etymology: Genus name: a curved rod.
Species epithet: of a fruit.
Subspecies epithet: see Species epithet.
Significance:  [Very important]   
Old Species Name(s):Vibrio fetus
Type Strain: ATCC 27374 = CCUG 6823 A = NCTC 10842.
Macromorphology (smell): Small colorless to cream-colored colonies (about 1 mm in diameter).
Micromorphology: Curved or helical rod (0.2-0.3 x 1.5-5.0 µm). Highly motile with a corkscrew-like motion.
Gram +/Gram -:G-
Metabolism: Microaerophilic
Other Enzymes: Hippuricase - (= hippurat -), urease -
Biochemical Tests: Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) +
Fermentation of carbohydrates: Campylobacter spp. can neither ferment nor oxidize carbohydrates.
Spec. Char.: Optimal growth temperature: about 37°C.
Hosts: Cattle, sheep
Disease (Swedish):Abort, enterit
Disease (English):Abortion, enteritis
Clinical Picture:
Genome Sequence:
Acc-noStrainSize (bp)Genome
NC_008599 82-40 1 773 615 1c + 0 

16S rRNA Seq.:
Acc-noStrainNumber of NTOperon
DQ174127 ATCC 27374T 1343 

 Campylobacter fetus Campylobacter fetus
About 25 species have been described within in the genus Campylobacter and some of these are further divided into subspecies. This genus is closely related to the following genera: Sulfurospirillum, Arcobacter and Helcobacter. C. fetus is closely related to C.jejuni, C. hyointestinalis, C. coli and C. lari.


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