Structure and Physiology
This bacteria is a Gram-positive, cocci-shaped, facultative anaerobe. S. epidermidis is part of the human bacterial flora, mostly located on skin.
Transmission and Disease
It is not usually pathogenic; however, antibiotic resistant strains have evolved.
Most Staphylococcus species are a hardy microorganisms capable of surviving on surfaces and under dry conditions. This bacteria, specifically, is regularly used in quality control, media testing, and pharmaceutical/personal care products testing.