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Leptospira interrogans

Kingdom: Eubacterium
Scientific Name: Leptospira interrogans
Image Courtesy of: Johnson and Faine and Bergeys Manual Trust
Image Width: 11 microns
Image Technology: SEM

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This spiral-shaped bacterium is a member of the order Spirochaetales, which also includes the Spirochetes. These microbes have an unusual means of moving around. They swim by twisting back and forth, propelling themselves like a corkscrew being turned into the cork of a bottle of wine.

L. interrogans is harmful to humans. Harmful microbes that cause diseases are called pathogens.


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