The Family Fusobacteriaceae

  • Ingar OlsenEmail author
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The family Fusobacteriaceae, which falls in the Fusobacteria class and the order Fusobacteriales, consists of microaerophilic to obligate anaerobic Gram-negative rods. All of them are nonmotile and fermentative. The members ferment carbohydrates or amino acids and peptides producing various organic acids such as acetic, propionic, butyric, formic, or succinic acid depending on the bacterium and the substrate. Habitats are oral and intestinal mucosae of animals including mammals, as well as anaerobic sediments. Fusobacteriaceae includes the genera Cetobacterium, Fusobacterium, Ilyobacter, Propionigenium, and Psychrilyobacter. The type genus is Fusobacterium Knorr 1922AL. “F. naviforme” and “I. delafieldii” fall outside the phylogenetic tree established for Fusobacteriaceae.


Internal Transcribe Spacer Succinic Acid Liver Abscess Minke Whale Colistin Sulfate 
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The author wants to thank Raúl Muñoz for preparing the phylogenetic trees.


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