Chain of cocci

(b) Packets

Cell divides in two or more planes perpendicular to one another

(c) Clusters

Cell divides in several planes at random mi



Figure 3.22 Typical Cell Groupings The planes in which cells divide determine the arrangement of the cells.These characteristic arrangements can provide important clues in the identification of certain bacteria: (a) chains; (b) packets; (c) clusters.

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