Scientists have discovered a giant white bacterium named “ Thiomargarita magnifica Bacteria ” on rotting leaves in saline waters of red mangrove swamp in Guadeloupe in Lesser Antilles.

How is this bacterium different?

  • The average bacterium is commonly between 04 and 3 μm3 in volume. therefore, it’s only visible with important compound microscope, that use multiple objective lenses.
  • These lenses can be switched between for increasing the exaggeration situations. Until the latest discovery, bacteria were considered microbial or microscopic organisms.
  • Discovery of Thiomargarita Magnifica, defies all the stereotypical delineations by being visible to the naked eye.

Features of Thiomargarita Magnifica

  • It’s 1 cm in length. This discovery will help in working the mystification of which factors determine size of a cell.
  • Before discovered giant bacteria are made of hundreds of thousands of cells. But Thiomargarita Magnifica is composed of single bacterial cell. It’s roughly equal to the size of a human eyelash.
  • It’s the largest bacteria, discovered so far.
  • It’s around,000 times larger than most bacteria.
  • It has been named Thiomargarita Magnifica, because of its size and the presence of pearl-like beads of sulphur inside the cell.

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