Proteus mirabilis. Pigment ink on 6"x6" Bristol Board. Inverse colors.

Kingdom: Bacteria; Phylum: Proteobacteria; Class: Gamma proteobacteria; Order: Enterobacteriales; Family: Enterobacteria; Genus: Proteus; Species: Proteus mirabilis

Swarming Proteus

Proteus mirabilis was first discovered by Gustav Hauser, a German pathologist. He named the genus Proteus, after the character in Homer’s The Odyssey. Proteus had an uncanny ability to change his shape and evade being questioned, just like the organism’s ability to avoid the host’s immune system. Proteus mirabilis is a gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium and a natural flora of the intestine.  http://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/Proteus_mirabilis

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