Staphylococcus Species Identification [A Test in Focus]

Audrey N., Schuetz, M.D., gives an overview of the new Staphylococcus Species Identification assay available through Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She discusses when this testing should be ordered, how this testing compares to previous testing approaches, and what clinical action can be taken due to the results of this testing.


Useful for:

  • Identification of pure isolates of aerobic bacteria
  • Differentiation of members of the Staphylococcus aureus complex ( S aureus, S argenteus, S schweitzeri)

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type 


Specimen Required 

Specimen Type: Pure culture of organism from source cultured

Container/Tube: Agar slant or other appropriate media

Preferred: Ambient

Specimen Volume: Entire specimen

Collection Instructions:

  1. Perform isolation of infecting bacteria.
  2. Bacterial organism must be submitted in pure culture, actively growing. Do not submit mixed cultures.

Performance Information

Day(s) and Time(s) Test Performed 

Monday through Sunday; Continuously

Analytic Time 

5 Days

Samantha Rossi

Samantha Rossi

Samantha Rossi is a Marketing Associate at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She supports marketing strategies for product management and specialty testing. Samantha has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2019.