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  • Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, Volume 78, Issue 3
  • August 1998, pp. 1007-1010

First Report of the Bacterium Thioploca in the Benguela Ecosystem off Namibia

  • V.A. Gallardo (a1), E. Klingelhoeffer (a2), W. Arntz (a3) and M. Graco (a1)
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Thioploca are sulphur oxidizing-nitrate reducing gliding filamentous benthic bacteria belonging to the Beggiatoaceae. In this paper we report on the discovery of Thioploca resulting from a commercial fishery survey of Trachurus capensis (horse mackerel) and Merluccius capensis (hake) carried out off Namibia between 18°00·1′S and 25°00·8′S from 4–10 December 1996, on board the RV ‘Welwitschia’. The first positive finding of sheathed, presumably vacuolated, Thioploca in the Benguela Current ecosystem is now reported.

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