Acinetobacter parvus sp. nov., a small-colony-forming species isolated from human clinical specimens

Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2003 Sep;53(Pt 5):1563-1567. doi: 10.1099/ijs.0.02631-0.


The taxonomic status of seven glucose-non-acidifying, non-proteolytic Acinetobacter strains characterized by forming small colonies on agar media was studied. With one exception, all strains were from human specimens. They could be distinguished from all described Acinetobacter (genomic) species by their ability to grow on ethanol and acetate as sole sources of carbon but not on 22 other substrates tested including DL-lactate or DL-4-aminobutyrate. DNA-DNA hybridization studies, 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, amplified rDNA restriction analysis and DNA polymorphism analysis by AFLP showed that these strains represent a hitherto unknown species of the genus Acinetobacter, for which the name Acinetobacter parvus (type strain LMG 21765(T)=LUH 4616(T)=NIPH 384(T)=CCM 7030(T)) is proposed.

MeSH terms

  • Acinetobacter / classification*
  • Acinetobacter / genetics
  • Acinetobacter / isolation & purification*
  • Acinetobacter / metabolism
  • Animals
  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics
  • DNA, Ribosomal / genetics
  • Dogs
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Phenotype
  • Phylogeny
  • RNA, Bacterial / genetics
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / genetics


  • DNA, Bacterial
  • DNA, Ribosomal
  • RNA, Bacterial
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AJ293690
  • GENBANK/AJ293691