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Giant Bacteria

  1. Heide N Schulz-Vogt1,
  2. Esther R Angert2,
  3. Ferran Garcia-Pichel3

Published Online: 28 SEP 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0020371



How to Cite

Schulz-Vogt, H. N., Angert, E. R. and Garcia-Pichel, F. 2007. Giant Bacteria. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Leibniz University of Hannover, Hannover, Germany

  2. 2

    Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

  3. 3

    Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 SEP 2007


For almost all bacteria it is convenient to be very small, but a few highly specialist groups of bacteria have evolved to be orders of magnitude larger than ordinary bacteria.


  • spirochaetes;
  • epulopiscium;
  • cyanobacteria;
  • sulfur bacteria