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The Family Ectothiorhodospiraceae

  • Johannes F. Imhoff


The family Ectothiorhodospiraceae at present contains a single genus, Ectothiorhodospira. All species of this genus have rod- to spiral-shaped cells, with intracytoplasmic membranes as lamellar stacks (Cherni et al., 1969; Holt et al., 1968; Imhoff and Trüper, 1977, 1981; Imhoff et al., 1981; Raymond and Sistrom, 1967, 1969; Remsen et al., 1968; Oren et al., 1989). Species of this genus form two subgroups, one containing extremely halophilic species, the other containing species with lower salt requirements. The division into two subgroups is supported by the type of flagellation, the quinone content, and the similarity coefficients of the 16S rRNA (Imhoff, 1984b; Stackebrandt et al., 1984).


Soda Lake Phototrophic Bacterium Purple Sulfur Bacterium Reduce Sulfur Compound Purple Nonsulfur Bacterium 
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