Identification of coagulase-negative staphylococci from farm animals

J Appl Bacteriol. 1985 Jan;58(1):45-55. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.1985.tb01428.x.


The species identify of 661 strains of coagulase-negative staphylococci isolated from the skin and nares of cattle, pigs, poultry, goats and sheep was determined. They belonged either to the novobiocin-sensitive species Staphylococcus hyicus, Staph. simulans, Staph. epidermidis, Staph. haemolyticus and Staph. warneri or to the novobiocin-resistant species Staph. sciuri, Staph. lentus, Staph. xylosus, Staph. cohnii, Staph. saprophyticus and Staph. gallinarum; twenty-one strains remained unidentified. The staphylococcal flora of the farm animals studied differed markedly from that associated with man; several species which do not occur in man were isolated and novobiocin-resistant strains, which occur infrequently in man, were present in large numbers in animals. Two simplified schemes for the identification of staphylococci from farm animals and man are presented.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Domestic / microbiology*
  • Cattle / microbiology
  • Coagulase / analysis*
  • Goats / microbiology
  • Novobiocin / pharmacology
  • Poultry / microbiology
  • Sheep / microbiology
  • Staphylococcus / classification
  • Staphylococcus / drug effects
  • Staphylococcus / isolation & purification*
  • Swine / microbiology


  • Coagulase
  • Novobiocin