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A Whiff of Taxonomy – Archaeoglobus fulgidus

Pick an archaeon, any archaeon, and you will find it has a story to tell. Not all archaea are exotic but plenty of them are. These stalwarts live in environments we humans call extreme, where they carry out what to us seem extreme types of metabolic conversions. Most have come rather late into our awareness. To redress their neglect, I picked one almost at random. It’s a hyperthermophile called Archaeoglobus fulgidus (the genus name derives from “ancient sphere,” the species from “shining,” for its UV fluorescent glow under 420 nm light). The genus was proposed by Stetter in 1988.

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