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. This cell is from the termite Incisitermes. The bubble at one end is the start of spore formation. Phase contrast. This picture was taken by David Patterson, Lorraine Olendzenski and Linda Amaral Zettler of material from the intestines of the termite, Reticulotermes. Image copyright: L Amaral-Zettler, L. Olendzenski and D. J. Patterson, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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Reticulotermes - termite
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