New species definitions in phages of gram-positive cocci

Intervirology. 1984;22(4):181-90. doi: 10.1159/000149550.


About 290 phages of the bacterial genera Leuconostoc, Micrococcus, Staphylococcus, and Streptococcus were surveyed. The phages belong to the Myoviridae, Siphoviridae, and Podoviridae families and comprise seven basic morphotypes. Fourteen new species are proposed, bringing the number of phage species for gram-positive cocci to 27. The distribution of particular phage types may indicate phylogenetic relationships between host bacteria.

MeSH terms

  • Bacteriophages / classification*
  • Bacteriophages / ultrastructure
  • DNA, Viral
  • Leuconostoc
  • Micrococcaceae*
  • Micrococcus
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Staphylococcus
  • Streptococcaceae*
  • Streptococcus


  • DNA, Viral