Table 2.

Morphological diversity of filamentous bacteria as revealed by fluorescent oligonucleotide probing

Filament typeGeneral filament morphologyLength (μm)Probe(s)Example
1Long rods; dividing stages5–10ALF1bFig.5A
2Strongly curved and S-shaped filaments with pointed ends7–25BET42aFig. 5B
3Long linear threads; septae not visible5–55BET42a, CF319a
4Slender, slightly curved filaments with pointed ends; septae not visible5–35BET42aFig. 5C
5Small to medium-sized rods, arranged in chains5–100CF319a, BET42a; EUB338-negativeFig. 5D