Dermatophilus

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Dermatophilus

[dər¦mad·ə′fil·əs]
(microbiology)
A genus of bacteria in the family Dermatophilaceae; mycelial filaments are long, tapering, and branched, and are divided transversely and longitudinally (in two planes) by septa; spherical spores are motile.
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It is caused by the bacterium Dermatophilus congolensis which is present on the skin of healthy sheep; prolonged wetting of the fleece allows the disease to become active.