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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Firmicutes
Class: Clostridia
Order: Clostridiales
Genus: Metabacterium
Species: M. polyspora
Binomial name
Metabacterium polyspora
Chatton and Perard, 1913

Metabacterium polyspora is an unusual multiple endospore-producing bacterium isolated from the cecum of guinea pigs.[1] This bacterium is physically similar to the phylogenetically related surgeonfish intestinal symbiont Epulopiscium fishelsoni.[2]


  1. ^ Chatton E, Perard C (1913). "Schizophytes du caecum du cobaye. II. Metabacterium polyspora n. g., n. s.". C.R. Hebd. Soc. Biol. 74 (156): 1232–34. 
  2. ^ Angert ER, Brook AE, Pace NR (1996). "Phylogenetic Analysis of Metabacterium polyspora: Clues to the Evolutionary Origin of Daughter Cell Production in Epulopiscium Species, the Largest Bacteria". J Bacteriol. 178 (5): 1451–56. PMC 177821Freely accessible. PMID 8631724. 

Further reading[edit]

Ward, Rebekah J. (March 2008). "DNA replication during endospore development in Metabacterium polyspora". Molecular Microbiology. 67 (6): 1360–1370. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2958.2008.06129.x. PMID 18284580.