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Бактерии рода Cytophaga, выросшие на твёрдой питательной среде.jpg
Cytophaga image.
Scientific classification

C. columnaris
C. hutchinsonii
C. johnsonae
C. psychrophila

Cytophaga is a genus of Gram-negative, gliding, rod-shaped bacteria. This bacterium is commonly found in soil, rapidly digests crystalline cellulose[1] C. hutchinsonii is able to use its gliding motility to move quickly over surfaces. Although the mechanism for this is not known, there is a belief that the flagella is not used [2]


The following are some species in Cytophaga:

  • Cytophaga columnaris — the cause of columnaris disease in salmonid fish, as associated with increased water temperature; it is characterized by white necrotic plaques overlaying skin ulcers; formerly called: Flexibacter columnaris.
  • Cytophaga johnsonae — associated with false columnaris disease.
  • Cytophaga psychrophila — causes peduncle or cold water disease in Brook trout; predisposed by subnormal water temperature.
  • Cytophaga hutchinsonii --- aerobic cellulolytic soil bacterium that is known for its ability to rapidly glide over surfaces. The mechanism of cellulose digestion is not fully known; however, it is known that C. hutchinsonii has multiple cell-associated cellulolytic enzymes.[3]


  1. ^ Home - Cytophaga hutchinsonii ATCC 33406. (n.d.). Retrieved May 02, 2017, from
  2. ^ Home - Cytophaga hutchinsonii ATCC 33406. (n.d.). Retrieved May 02, 2017, from
  3. ^ Zhu, Yongtao; McBride, Mark (2014). "Deletion of the Cytophaga hutchinsonii type IX secretion system gene sprP results in defects in glinding motility and cellulose utilization" (PDF). Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 98: 763–755. doi:10.1007/s00253-013-5355-2.
  • Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary (3rd ed.). Elsevier. 2007.

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