Scientists discover world’s largest bacterium, the size of an eyelash

At about 1cm long, Thiomargarita magnifica is roughly 50 times larger than all other known giant bacteria

Scientists have discovered the world’s largest known bacterium, which comes in the form of white filaments the size of human eyelashes, in a swamp in Guadeloupe.

At about 1cm long, the strange organism, Thiomargarita magnifica, is roughly 50 times larger than all other known giant bacteria and the first to be visible with the naked eye. The thin white strands were discovered on the surfaces of decaying mangrove leaves in shallow tropical marine marshes.

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