Oceanospirillum

Oceanospirillum

(ō'shen-ō-spī-ril'ŭm),
A genus of motile, non-spore-forming, aerobic bacteria (family Spirillaceae) containing gram-negative, rigid, helical cells that are 0.3-1.2 mcm in diameter. Motile cells contain bipolar fascicles of flagella. There is no growth anaerobically with nitrate. These organisms are chemoorganotrophic and possess a strictly respiratory metabolism; they neither oxidize nor ferment carbohydrates; found in marine environments. There are at present five species in this genus, of which the type species is Oceanospirillum linum.
[L. oceanus, ocean, + spirillum, coil]
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1994b) studied aerobic, gram negative bacteria associated with oysters and surrounding water in Valencia (Spain), identifying species of Alteromonas, Shewanella, Deleya, Flavobacterium, Oceanospirillum, Pseudomonas, and marine Agrobacterium-like organisms.