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Scientific classification
Domain: Bacteria
Phylum: Lentisphaerae

Lentisphaerae is a phylum of bacteria closely related to Chlamydiae and Verrucomicrobia.[1][2]

It includes two monotypic orders Lentisphaerales and Victivallales. Phylum members can be aerobic or anaerobic and fall under two distinct phenotypes. One consists of terrestrial gut microbiota from mammals and birds. The other phenotype includes marine micro-organisms: sequences from fish and coral microbiomes and marine sediment.


Oligosphaera ethanolica Qiu et al. 2013

Lentisphaera araneosa Cho et al. 2004

Victivallis vadensis Zoetendal et al. 2003


  1. ^ Cho J, Vergin K, Morris R, Giovannoni S (2004). "Lentisphaera araneosa gen. nov., sp. nov, a transparent exopolymer producing marine bacterium, and the description of a novel bacterial phylum, Lentisphaerae". Environ Microbiol 6 (6): 611–21. doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2004.00614.x. PMID 15142250. 
  2. ^ Limam RD, Bouchez T, Chouari R, et al. (October 2010). "Detection of WWE2-related Lentisphaerae by 16S rRNA gene sequencing and fluorescence in situ hybridization in landfill leachate". Can. J. Microbiol. 56 (10): 846–52. doi:10.1139/w10-065. PMID 20962908. 
  3. ^ J.P. Euzéby. "Lentisphaerae". List of Prokaryotic names with Standing in Nomenclature. Retrieved 2013-03-20.