Cystobacteraceae

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Cystobacteraceae

[¦sis·tə‚bak·tə′rās·ē‚ē]
(microbiology)
A family of bacteria in the order Myxobacterales; vegetative cells are tapered, and microcysts are rod-shaped and enclosed in sporangia.
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Moreover, they calculate, the thrust from just 50 nozzles is sufficient to move both cyanobacteria and myxobacteria at their observed gliding speeds.
Myxobacteria are sometimes called slime bacteria because they produce a sugary slime in which they glide en masse.
Not only has William Lanier at Oberlin (Ohio) College discovered the first myxobacteria remains, but these fossils are very old, having been preserved in 2-billion-year-old rocks.
The myxobacteria were in cavities that had formed between stromatolites -- layered columns built by communities of microbes.