Electrothrix communisTs


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Electrothrix communisTs Plum-Jensen et al., 2024
Effective publication
Plum-Jensen et al., 2024
SeqCode status
Valid (SeqCode)
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seqco.de/r:lmyvwfoa (validated)
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L. fem. adj. communis, common
Nomenclatural type
NCBI Assembly: GCA_030644725.1
Reference strain
Nomenclatural status
Validly published under the SeqCode


Filamentous bacteria of centimeter length that inhabit the surface of brackish/intertidal sediment and conduct electrons from sulfide-oxidizing cells to oxygen-reducing cells. Gliding motility. Gram-negative, with 15 distinct ridges running longitudinally along the filament. Width of individual cells is 0.8 µm. Can assimilate acetate and propionate; CO2 fixation via the Wood-Ljungdahl pathway. Contains c-type cytochromes, type IV pili (PilA) and Na+ antiporters. Polyphosphate and polyglucose storage. Distinguishable by morphology and genome.
First proposed as Candidatus Electrothrix communis on the basis of 16S rRNA and dsrAB sequences, and FISH identification by Trojan et al. 2016
First partial genome (from same material as Trojan et al. 2016) published by Kjeldsen et al. 2019
First enrichment and closed (circular) genome, and publication as valid species under the SeqCode by Plum-Jensen et al. 2024
Bacteria » Desulfobacterota » Desulfobulbia » Desulfobales » Desulfobulbaceae » Electrothrix » Electrothrix communisTs
Electrothrix gtdb assigned in Trojan et al., 2016


NCBI Assembly:GCA_030644725.1
Enrichment Genome
Estimated Quality Metrics
  • Completeness: 95.88%
  • Contamination: 1.14%
  • Quality: 90.18
Ribosomal and transfer RNA genes
  • 2 16S rRNAs (up to 100.0%)
  • 2 23S rRNAs (up to 100.0%)
  • tRNAs for 20 amino acids
Sequencing depth
166.0 ×
Other features
  • G+C Content: 48.36%
  • Coding Density: 86.33%
  • Codon Table: 11
  • N50: 4,845,585 bp
  • Contigs: 1
  • Largest Contig: 4,845,585 bp
  • Assembly Length: 4,845,585 bp
  • Ambiguous Assembly Fraction: 0.0%
Submitter comments
This is a circular genome after hybrid assembly of Illumina and Nanopore reads; still completeness (by CheckM2) was only estimated to 95.88%.
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Local history
Registered by
Schramm, Andreas 7 months ago
Submitted by
Schramm, Andreas 4 months ago
Endorsed by
Palmer, Marike 4 months ago
Validated by
Palmer, Marike 4 months ago
Date of priority
2024-02-27 01:47 AM (UTC)


Citation Title
Plum-Jensen et al., 2024, Systematic and Applied Microbiology First single-strain enrichments of Electrothrix cable bacteria, description of E. aestuarii sp. nov. and E. rattekaaiensis sp. nov., and proposal of a cable bacteria taxonomy following the rules of the SeqCode
Effective publication
Geelhoed et al., 2023, Microbiology Spectrum Indications for a genetic basis for big bacteria and description of the giant cable bacterium Candidatus Electrothrix gigas sp. nov
Sereika et al., 2023, The ISME Journal Closed genomes uncover a saltwater species of Candidatus Electronema and shed new light on the boundary between marine and freshwater cable bacteria
Oren et al., 2020, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology Lists of names of prokaryotic Candidatus taxa
Kjeldsen et al., 2019, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences On the evolution and physiology of cable bacteria
Trojan et al., 2016, Systematic and Applied Microbiology A taxonomic framework for cable bacteria and proposal of the candidate genera Electrothrix and Electronema
Assigned this taxon

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