Fruiting bodies of Myxococcus xanthus, copyright Michiel Vos.

Belongs within: Deltaproteobacteria.

The Cystobacterineae are a group of myxobacteria with slender, flexible rod-shaped cells that tend to form thin, filmlike swarms on agar and transform into myxospores via sustantial shortening and fattening.

Cystobacterineae [Cystobacteraceae, Myxococcaceae]
    |--Stigmatella aurantiaca IJ03
    `--+--+--Cystobacter fuscus IJ03
       |  `--+--Angiococcus disciformis IJ03
       |     `--Archangium [Archangiaceae] IJ03
       |          `--A. gephyra IJ03
       `--+--Melittangium lichenicola IJ03
          `--Myxococcus IJ03
               |--M. coralloides IJ03
               |--M. fulvus PHK96
               |--M. stipitatus PHK96
               `--M. xanthus IJ03

*Type species of generic name indicated


[IJ03] Iizuka, T., Y. Jojima, R. Fudou, A. Hiraishi, J.-W. Ahn & S. Yamanaka. 2003. Plesiocystis pacifica gen. nov., sp. nov., a marine myxobacterium that contains dihydrogenated menaquinone, isolated from the Pacific coasts of Japan. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 53: 189–195.

[PHK96] Prescott, L. M., J. P. Harley & D. A. Klein. 1996. Microbiology 3rd ed. Wm. C. Brown Publishers: Dubuque (Iowa).

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