|Category:||Primarily of interest in human medicin|
|Etymology:||Genus name: Named after Howard T. Ricketts, who showed which organism caused Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which resulted in his death|
Species epithet:from Switzerland.
|Significance:||[Of minor importance]|
|Type Strain:||C3 = ATCC VR-1375|
|Macromorphology (smell):||Cannot be cultivated on cell free substrates (for instance agar plates).|
|Micromorphology:||Pleomorphic rods (0.3-0.5 x 0.8-2.0 µm).|
|Gram +/Gram -:|
|Vector:||Tick (Ixodes ricinus).|
|Disease:||Tick borne rickettsiosis
|16S rRNA Seq.:|
||About 30 species have been described within the genus Ricketsia. This genus is relatively closely related to other genera within the orderRickettsialas (Anaplasma, Ehrlichia and Neorickettsia).|
|Comment:||An evolutionary interesting bacterium, because its ancestors invaded cells and formed the mitochondria by endosymbiosis.|
|The revised taxonomy of the mollicutes|
The revised taxonomy of mollicutes (mycoplasmas) has now been introduced on VetBact, which means that many of the species have been given new genus names or moved to another higher taxon.Published 2021-11-25. Read more...