filaments from mat
Chloroflexus (cloe-row-flecks-us) is a filamentous green prokaryote, but not a cyanobacterium. It is common in some of the microbial mats which cover the sediments at some of the thermal sites. This image shows a few dispersed filaments. Phase contrast. Material provided by Mike Ferris from Mushroom Spring, a thermal site within Yellowstone Park, photographs by Mike Ferris and David Patterson. Images were taken of samples from thermal sites in Yellowstone National Park at the Thermal Biology Institute of Montana State University, August 2001. Image copyright: D. J. Patterson, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, USA)
|Description of Chloroflexus: A filamentous phototroph that does not produce oxygen as a by product of photosynthesis. May glide, may have gas vacuoles. Pigment located in chlorosomes. |