I am hoping some people with more experience than me can point me in the right direction for identifying an isolate. I am a student performing research and have been collecting data on an isolate throughout the quarter, however sequencing was unfortunatly unsuccessful and I do not have time to redo it before the end of the quarter. So, I am hoping that someone can suggest a broad category my isolate may fit into based on the information I have, or perhaps point me to a resource.
Here is the information that I have
Origin: Soil at the edge of a duck pond, located on a horse farm in western Washington state
Colonies: Colonies are bright, highlighter pink. Circular with entire margins. Somewhat shiny and slightly translucent. Fairly flat. Fairly consistent size, ~1mm diameter. No distinct scent that I could detect.
Cellular morphology: Gram positive cocci. Seem to appear in clumps. There is an interesting "pea pod" structure around some of them where there is a gram-negative staining envelope structure containing 4-6 cells.
Aerobic, non-motile. Uses respiration to metabolize sugars. The cells did not grow very well in my metabolism assay, but it appears to be able to metabolize starch, glucose, maltose, sucrose and fructose. And not citrate, lactose, sodium pyruvate or amino acids. It did not show any signs of fermentation of CO2 production.
Thank you very much, any suggestions are welcome.