|Scanning electron micrograph of Actinomyces israelii.|
Actinomycetales is an order of Actinobacteria. They are very diverse and contain a variety of subdivisions as well as yet-unclassified isolates. This is mainly because some genera are very difficult to classify because of a highly niche-dependent phenotype. For example Nocardia contains several phenotypes that were first believed to be distinct species before it was proven that their differences are entirely dependent on their growth conditions.
Difficulty of classification
- See the NCBI webpage on Actinomycetales Data extracted from the "NCBI Taxonomy Browser". National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved 2011-06-05.
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