The largest bacterium

  title={The largest bacterium},
  author={Esther R Angert and Kendall D. Clements and Norman R. Pace},
THE large, morphologically peculiar microorganism Epulopiscium fishelsoni1,2 inhabits the intestinal tract of Acanthurus nigrofuscus, a brown surgeon fish (family Acanthuridae) from the Red Sea. Similar microorganisms have been found in surgeonfish species from the Great Barrier Reef3. As these microorganisms have only been seen in surgeonfish and no free-living forms have been found, they are considered to be specific symbionts of surgeonfish, although the nature of the symbiosis is unclear1–4… CONTINUE READING