Current Microbiology

, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp 311–314 | Cite as

Intestinal microflora in the deep-sea isopodBathynomus giganteus

  • Paul J. Boyle
  • Ralph Mitchell


Observations with the scanning electron microscope showed that the deep-sea isopodBathynomus giganteus harbors a dense microflora within the digestive tract. The gut microflora is composed of a diversity of microorganisms, including an unusually large bacterial morphotype that predominates almost exclusively in the anterior end of the hindgut. The majority of these large bacteria measured 1.9 μm×8.5 μm and many reached a size of 2.0 μm×10.0 μm.


Electron Microscope Scanning Electron Microscope Digestive Tract Intestinal Microflora Large Bacterium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul J. Boyle
    • 1
  • Ralph Mitchell
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Microbial EcologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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