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Bacilli is one of the characteristic o bacteria' That have cylindrical parts. 17:38, 6 November 2007 (UTC)

All Bacilli are not gram positive. Examples of gram negative bacilli include anaerobes such as Prevotella, Bacteroides and Fusobacterium.Mrcooker (talk) 00:51, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

The last two sentences of the Ambiguity section are kind of funky - perhaps they belong somewhere else? Friendlyliz (talk) 21:41, 1 March 2009 (UTC)

All Bacilli are rod shaped?[edit]

In the lede, it says "All Bacilli are rod-shaped bacteria", but in the Ambiguity section it says "Not all members of class Bacilli are rod-shaped (Staphylococcus is spherical)" ... is one of these wrong, or is there some clarification that needs to be made regarding what's meant by each? -- (talk) 20:19, 25 March 2016 (UTC)

To expand on the above comment, the articles on both Streptococcus and Staphylococcus (as well as the infobox) say that Streptococcus and Staphylococcus are members of the class, Bacilli. This is a surprise, isn't it? Bwrs (talk) 14:32, 15 September 2016 (UTC)

A number of genera under the class Bacilli are not rod-shaped (Marinococcus, Planococcus, Nosocomiicoccus, Saccharococcus... the list goes on...). Someone must have mistakenly noted here that all Bacilli (the class) are rod-shaped. All Bacilli (the genus) are rod-shaped. So you could see how one could get confused. In fact, I'm getting confused just typing it. I'll change it here and remove the tag, but if you vehemently disagree feel free to revert me and we'll chat about it here. Happy editing! Ajpolino (talk) 19:37, 15 September 2016 (UTC)
Just a quick added note, a brief description of the class Bacilli is in Bergey's Manual. Note that cell shape isn't mentioned in the description. Ajpolino (talk) 19:39, 15 September 2016 (UTC)

Name confusion and forsaken name[edit]

The naming here is obviously not ideal and the article says "Some microbiologists have forsaken the general "bacillus" term because of the confusion it can create" - is that true? What names would they use instead? I couldn't find anything. II | (t - c) 04:56, 31 October 2016 (UTC)

I'm fairly certain that was just someone editorializing. There is not some alternative word folks would use to replace Bacilli (the class, and subject of this article), Bacillus (the genus), or bacillus (the cell shape). I'll try to reword it later this week as time allows (though anyone else feel free to jump in on it!). I think it would be ideal if this article had more info on the class Bacilli rather than being mostly taken up with discussing the ambiguous nature of the word "bacillus"... Thoughts? Ajpolino (talk) 03:22, 1 November 2016 (UTC)
That would be nice, but I hope you don't remove the substance of the helpful explanation, as it's rather hard to learn about these things when there's all these similar but different quite terms being thrown around. II | (t - c) 06:58, 1 November 2016 (UTC)

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