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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Division: Proteobacteria
Class: Epsilonproteobacteria
Genus: Sulfurovum
Inagaki et al. 2004 [1]

Sulfurovum is a genus within the Epsilonproteobacteria which was first described in 2004 with the isolation and description of the type species Sulfurovum lithotrophicum from Okinawa trough hydrothermal sediments.[1] Named for their ability to oxidize sulfur and their egg-like shape, cells are gram-negative, coccoid to short rods. Mesophilic chemolithoautotrophic growth occurs by oxidation of sulfur compounds coupled to the reduction of nitrate or molecular oxygen.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Inagaki, Fumio; Ken Takai; Kenneth H. Nealson; Koki Horikoshi (2004-09-01). "Sulfurovum lithotrophicum gen. nov., sp. nov., a novel sulfur-oxidizing chemolithoautotroph within the ε-Proteobacteria isolated from Okinawa Trough hydrothermal sediments". International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 54 (5): 1477–1482. doi:10.1099/ijs.0.03042-0. ISSN 1466-5026. Retrieved 2013-06-27.