A total of 41 Staphylococcus intermedius isolates were isolated from skin of healthy members of six phylogenetic groups within the Canoidea (the dog family, skunk subfamily, weasel subfamily, racoon family, red panda and bear family) of different geographical origin and compared by EcoRI ribotyping and cluster analysis. The S. intermedius isolates from the different families and subfamilies clustered together in separate groups, almost completely following the phylogenetic relationship of the animal hosts. These ribotype data indicate host-specificity of different types of S. intermedius and suggest co-evolution between the animal hosts within the Canoidea and S. intermedius.


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