Corynebacterium minutissimum

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Corynebacterium minutissimum
Corynebacterium minutissimum bacteria
Scientific classification edit
Domain: Bacteria
Phylum: Actinomycetota
Class: Actinomycetia
Order: Mycobacteriales
Family: Corynebacteriaceae
Genus: Corynebacterium
C. minutissimum
Binomial name
Corynebacterium minutissimum
(ex Sarkany et al. 1962) Collins and Jones 1983

Corynebacterium minutissimum is a species of Corynebacterium associated with erythrasma,[1] a type of skin rash.

It can be distinguished from similar-appearing rashes by exposing the area to the light of a Wood's lamp; C. minutissimum produces porphyrins that fluoresce coral-red.[2]


  1. Dalal A, Likhi R (January 2008). "Corynebacterium minutissimum bacteremia and meningitis: a case report and review of literature". J. Infect. 56 (1): 77–9. doi:10.1016/j.jinf.2007.10.006. PMID 18036665.
  2. Habif, Thomas R (2004). Clinical Dermatology (4th ed.). Mosby. p. 419. ISBN 0-323-01319-8.

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