Caption: Prosthecobacter fusiformis - prosthecate, prokaryote (bacterium). Unusual bacterium that is heterotrophic / aquatic and belongs to a new division of bacteria called Verrucomicobia. Found also in soild environments they comprise up to 3% of the microbiota of soil. Some species have bacterial tubilin genes. Prosthecobacter attaches by a holdfast at the tip of its prosthecate to algae and sheathed bacteria. Its life cycle resembles that of Caulobacter sp. but has no motile stage.
Magnification*: x3,400
Type: SEM
Copyright 2004 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
Keywords: 23364C,06.01.04,aquatic bacterium,bacteria,bacterium,heterotrophic,microbiota,prosthecate prokaryote,Prosthecobacter fusiformis,Proteobacteria,soil bacteria,soil bacterium,tubulin synthesis,Verrucomicrobia,Verrucomicrobiales,SEM