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Myxobacteria(Greek myxa-, slime) a group of Gram-negative (see GRAM'S STAIN), AEROBIC, gliding BACTERIA, within the PURPLE BACTERIA, that characteristically form fruiting bodies. The bacteria move by gliding and leave a trail of slime. Bacterial CELLS aggregate, many undergo LYSIS, the remainder become resting SPORES (myxospores) contained within a stalked fruiting body. Myxospores can subsequently germinate to produce new vegetative cells. Myxobacteria occur in the SOIL and on decaying vegetation and dung.
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