Cell diameter in culture (largest reported archaea)

Range ≤15 μm
Organism Archaea Staphylothermus marinus
Reference Schulz HN, Jorgensen BB. Big bacteria. Annu Rev Microbiol. 2001 55: 105-37. p.106 2nd paragraph & p.115 bottom paragraphPubMed ID11544351
Primary Source Fiala G, StetterKO, JannaschHW, Langworthy TA, Madon J. 1986. Staphylothermus marinus sp. nov. represents a novel genus of extremely thermophilic submarine heterotrophic archaebacteria growing up to 98°C. Syst. Appl. Microbiol. 8: 106– 13
Comments "The largest reported Archaea are probably the extremely thermophilic Staphylothermus marinus, which in culture may occasionally have cell diameters up to 15µm (primary source)...the thermophilic archaea, S. marinus, are normally 0.5–1µm wide but may form giant cells up to 15µm in diameter at high yeast extract concentration (primary source)."
Entered by Uri M
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