|Turicibacter sp. H121 cells under microscope|
|Turicibacter sp. H121 colonies|
Bosshard, Zbinden and Altwegg 2002
Turicibacter is a genus in the Firmicutes phylum of bacteria that has most commonly been found in the guts of animals. The genus is named after the city in which it was first isolated, Zurich (Latin = Turicum), Switzerland.
The position of Turicibacter within the Firmicutes could not be resolved using 16S rRNA gene-based analyses. However, it was tentatively placed in the class Bacilli, then the class Erysipelotrichia.
In a tree built using a concatenated protein alignment containing data from two draft Turicibacter genomes, the group was placed at the base of the class Bacilli. Later analyses that also included amino acid sequences predicted by a complete Turicibacter genome came to the same conclusion.
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