A bacillus (plural bacilli) is a rod-shaped bacterium. Bacilli are found in many different taxonomic groups of bacteria. However, the name Bacillus, capitalized and italicized, refers to a specific genus of bacteria. The name Bacilli, capitalized but not italicized, can also refer to a more specific taxonomic class of bacteria that includes two orders, one of which contains the genus Bacillus.
Bacilli are usually solitary, but can combine to form diplobacilli, streptobacilli, and palisades.
Examples of Gram positive bacilli
Examples of Gram negative bacilli
- CHAPTER 4 FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY OF PROKARYOTIC AND EUKARYOTIC CELLS.
- "Gram Negative Bacilli".