|Etymology:||Genus name: small fungus-like rod.|
Species epithet: from goat.
|Significance:||[Of minor importance]|
|Old Species Name(s):||Mycobacterium bovis subsp. caprae, Mycobacterium tuberculosis subsp. caprae|
|Type Strain:||ATCC BAA-824|
|Gram +/Gram -:||G+ (but difficult to gram stain)|
|Spec. Char.:||M. caprae is a slow grower (it takes more than 7 days to see colonies with the naked eye).|
|Disease:||Has been isolated from lymph nodes and lungs of tuberculous animals.
|Hosts:||Ruminants, pig and wild boars, deers, camels, bison as well as humans.|
|Diagnostics:||Sequence analysis of the gyrB gene can be used to differentiate M. capri from M. bovis and other members of the M. tuberculosis complex.|
|16S rRNA Seq.:|
||About 175 species have been described within genus Mycobacterium and this genus is closely related to Rhodococcus, Nocardia and Corynebacterium. M. tuberculosis, M. bovis and M. caprae are very closely related to each other and have sometimes been regarded as subspecies of M. tuberculosis.
It is common to use the term Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTC or MTBC) or Mycobacterium tuberculosis clade for the following very closely related species: M. africanum, M. bovis, M. canetti, M. caprae and M. tuberculosis and some other species, which are less important.