March 4, 2024



Giant bacteria FIVE THOUSAND times bigger than normal are discovered in a Caribbean mangrove swamp – and they are even visible to the naked eye

Daily Mail UK

Scientists have discovered the world’s largest known bacteria, reaching up to one centimetre (0.4-inches) in length.

The species, called Thiomargarita magnifica, was discovered on sunken leaves in the waters of a mangrove swamp in Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean.

It appears as thin white filaments like vermicelli pasta, and contains microscopic sulphur granules that scatter light, giving it a pearly gleam.

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