The largest bacteria
yet found. This strain
of bacteria is so large, that a single cell
is about the same size
as the period
at the end of this sentence
. Yes, for one single cell. It's almost as large
as the head
of a fruit fly
. It's large enough that it has other bacteria living on it's outside
For a comparison in sizes - if a normal bacterium were the size of a mouse, the previous largest bacteria would be the size of a lion, and this new one would be the size of a blue whale.
It was discovered in samples of sediment from Africa.