An aerobic gram-positive coccus that produces a smooth to rough colony. Pigment production is varied from gray, gray-white with a yellowish tint, yellowish, or yellow-orange. It may free coagulase, bound coagulase or hemolysins. It makes up the majority of the normal bacterial flora of the skin, skin glands, and mucus membranes of humans, animals, and birds. It has be isolated from food, dairy products, soil, beach sand, and water. It is an opportunistic pathogen for humans, animals, and birds.