Details for Thermofilum

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NCBI Taxonomy ID: 2268
NCBI Taxonomy Rank: Genus
The genus Thermogilum consists of rod-shaped cells that inhabit neutral or slightly acidic hot springs. Filaments of  Thermofilum are thin, some 0.17-0.35 µm wide with filament lengths ranging up to 100 µm. Thermophilum is a strict anaerobes that carry out a S0-based anaerobic respiration. Unlike most hyperthermophiles, the oxygen sensitivity of Thermophilum is extreme, comparable to that of the methanogens; thus, strict precautions must be taken in their culture.
Taken from the text Brock Biology of Microorganisms (10th ed.). Madigan, M.T., Martinko, J.M., and Parker, J. 2003. Prentice Hall. 465p.