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Mycobacterium lentiflavum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Actinobacteria
Order: Actinomycetales
Suborder: Corynebacterineae
Family: Mycobacteriaceae
Genus: Mycobacterium
Species: M. lentiflavum
Binomial name
Mycobacterium lentiflavum
Springer et al. 1996, ATCC 51985

Mycobacterium lentiflavum
Etymology: Lentus from Latin for slow, flavus, Latin for yellow.



Gram-positive, nonmotile and acid-fast coccobacilli.

Colony characteristics

  • Smooth colonies, with bright yellow pigmentation 1-2mm in diameter.


Differential characteristics


Type Strain

  • First isolated from a patient with spondylodiscitis (verterbral osteomyelitis). Further isolates from clinical specimens were obtained due to the use of contaminated bronchoscopes. Also recovered from gastric juice, sputum and urine samples.

Strain 2186/92 = ATCC 51985 = CCUG 42422 = CCUG 42559 = CIP 105465 = DSM 44418 = JCM 13390.


  • Springer et al. 1996. Isolation and characterization of a unique group of slowly growing mycobacteria: description of Mycobacterium lentiflavum sp. nov. J. Clin. Microbiol. 34, 1100-1107.


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