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A genus of bacteria that has characteristics identical to those of the genus Mycoplasma, with the exception that the acholeplasmas do not require sterol for growth; saprophytic and parasitic species occur. Acholeplasma appears as a contaminant in tissue culture media that have been supplemented with animal sera. The type species is Acholeplasma laidlawii.
a genus of the class Mollicutes and very closely related to the genus Mycoplasma.
a common isolate in the lungs of calves with enzootic pneumonia but of doubtful significance.
is a common finding in the conjunctivae of sheep with contagious ophthalmia but the bacteria have not been proven to be pathogenic in this situation.