Spirochaetes are motile bacteria. They have very fine flagella attached to the cell surface, and the rotating action of these propel spirochaetes through the medium. Spirochaetes have a spiral body and twist through the medium. Several different sized-spirochaetes can be seen in this image. From the termite Incisitermes. Very common inhabitants of the gut. Phase contrast. This picture was taken by Linda Amaral Zettler, Lorraine Olendzenski, and David Patterson of material from the intestines of the termite, Incisitermes. Image copyright: L Amaral-Zettler, L. Olendzenski and D. J. Patterson, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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