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  1. Epsilonproteobacteria

    Epsilonproteobacteria is a class of Proteobacteria. All species of this class are, like all Proteobacteria, gram-negative. The Epsilonproteobacteria consist of few known genera, mainly the curved to spirilloid Wolinella spp., Helicobacter spp., and Campylobacter spp. Most of the known species inhabit the digestive tract of animals and serve as symbionts or pathogens. There have also been numerous environmental sequences of Epsilonproteobacteria recovered from hydrothermal vents and cold seep habitats. A member of the class Epsilonproteobacteria occurs as an endosymbiont in the large gills of the deep water sea snail Alviniconcha hessleri. Often the Epsilonproteobacteria living in hydrothermal deep sea-vents exhibit chemolithotrophic features, and they are able to meet their energy needs by reducing or oxidixing chemical compounds.

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  1. Epsilonproteobacteria

    A group of proteobacteria consisting of chemoorganotrophs usually associated with the DIGESTIVE SYSTEM of humans and animals.


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