The Moraxellaceae are a family of Gammaproteobacteria, including a few pathogenic species.[1] Other are harmless parasites of mammals and humans or occur in water or soil. The species are mesophilic or psychrotrophic (Psychrobacter).[2]

Moraxella catarrhalis is a human pathogen and Moraxella bovis is the cause of "pinkeye" (infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis) of cattle.[1]


  1. ^ a b George M. Garrity: Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology. 2. Auflage. Springer, New York, 2005, Volume 2: The Proteobacteria, Part B: The Gammaproteobacteria
  2. ^ R. Rossau, A. van Landschoot, M. Gillis & J. de Ley, "Taxonomy of Moraxellaceae fam. nov., a New Bacterial Family To Accommodate the Genera Moraxella, Acinetobacter, and Psychrobacter and Related Organisms". International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology, vol. 42 (1991), n.º 2, pp. 310-319.
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