Terminal bulging spores of Clostridium tetani

  • Clostridium tetani is a Gram-positive, sporeforming, rod-shaped bacterium that is resistant to temperature modifications, moisture, and chemical disinfectants. C. tetani is strictly anaerobic and dies in the presence of oxygen; however, spores produced by this species are able to withstand oxygenated environments and other harmful environments. The endospores are produced in a swollen sporangium and their shape generally resembles a ‘drumstick‘.
Drumstick shape of Clostridium tetani

Drumstick shape of Clostridium tetani

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