Staphylococcus epidermidis

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Staphylococcus epidermidis

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.