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Species/Subspecies: Mycoplasma felis
Etymology: Genus name: fungus shaped.
Species epithet: of cat.
Significance:  [Important]   
Taxonomy:
Phylum
Tenericutes
Class
Mollicutes
Order
Mycoplasmatales
Family
Mycoplasmataceae 
Genus
Mycoplasma
Type Strain: CO = ATCC 23391 = NCTC 10160.
Macromorphology (smell):
 
Forms small and typical umbonated colonies ("fried egg appearance"), which can be observed in a microscope.
Micromorphology: Small coccoid to filamentous.
Gram +/Gram -:G-, but is normally not gram stained because the cells will then be fragmented.
Metabolism: Energy source: glucose (pH is decreased).
Catalase/Oxidase:?/-
Spec. Char.: Lacks a cell wall.
Disease:Conjunctivitis in cats
Hosts: Cat
Clinical Picture:
16S rRNA Seq.:
Acc-noStrainNumber of NTOperon
U16758 ATCC 25749 1459  

Taxonomy/phylogeny:
 
About 125 species have been described within the genus Mycoplasma. M. felis belongs to the hominis group and is closely related to M. cynos and M. synoviae.
Comment:Note that the mycoplasmas have recently been transferred to a new phylum, Tenericutes.
Updated:2016-01-28

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