Treponema carateum

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Treponema carateum
Scientific classification edit
Domain: Bacteria
Phylum: Spirochaetota
Class: Spirochaetia
Order: Spirochaetales
Family: Treponemataceae
Genus: Treponema
T. carateum
Binomial name
Treponema carateum

Treponema carateum is a species of spirochete bacteria in the genus Treponema.

It is the cause of pinta, a disease affecting exclusively the skin.[1] Children living in tropical American countries are most at risk.

Photomicrograph of a Krajain’s stained chimpanzee tissue sample, revealed the presence of numbers of spiral shaped, Treponema carateum bacteria


  1. Antal GM, Lukehart SA, Meheus AZ (January 2002). "The endemic treponematoses". Microbes Infect. 4 (1): 83–94. doi:10.1016/S1286-4579(01)01513-1. PMID 11825779.