Thiomargarita magnifica

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Thiomargarita magnifica is a species of sulfur-oxidizing gammaproteobacteria. It is found growing underwater on the leaves of red mangroves from Guadeloupe archipelago in Lesser Antilles.[1] This bacterium is the largest known bacterium, with an average length of 10 mm and some reaching 20 mm.[2] The bacterium was found in February 2022.[3]

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  1. "Record bacterium discovered as long as human eyelash". BBC News. 23 June 2022. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  2. Pennisi, Elizabeth. "Largest bacterium ever discovered has unexpectedly complex cells". Science. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  3. Volland, Jean-Marie; Gonzalez Rizzo, Silvina; Gros, Olivier; Tyml, Tomáš; Ivanova, Natalia; Schulz, Frederik; Goudeau, Danielle; Elisabeth, Nathalie H; Nath, Nandita; Udwary, Daniel; Malmstrom, Rex R; Guidi-Rontani, Chantal; Bolte-Kluge, Susanne; Davies, Karen M; Jean, Maïtena R; Mansot, Jean-Louis; Mouncey, Nigel J; Angert, Esther; Woyke, Tanja; Date, Shailesh V (18 February 2022), A centimeter-long bacterium with DNA compartmentalized in membrane-bound organelles, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, doi:10.1101/2022.02.16.480423, S2CID 246975579