Archives of Virology

, Volume 141, Issue 2, pp 209–218

Frequency of morphological phage descriptions in 1995

  • H. -W. Ackermann
Brief Review

DOI: 10.1007/BF01718394

Cite this article as:
Ackermann, H.W. Archives of Virology (1996) 141: 209. doi:10.1007/BF01718394


At least 4500 bacterial viruses have been examined in the electron microscope since 1959. About 4400 phages (96%) are tailed and only 162 phages (4%) are cubic, filamentous, or pleomorphic. Phages belong to 12 virus families and occur in about 130 bacterial genera. Phages are listed by morphotypes and host genera.Siphoviridae or phages with long, noncontractile tails include about 60% of tailed phages.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. -W. Ackermann
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  1. 1.Félix d'Hérelle Reference Center for Bacterial Viruses, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of MedicineLaval UniversityCanada