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Arch Virol. 1992;124(3-4):201-9.

Frequency of morphological phage descriptions.

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Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University, Quebec, Canada.

Abstract

Bacteriophages are listed by morphotypes and host genera. At least 4.007 phages, belonging to 13 virus families, have been described since 1960. About 3,850 phages (96%) are tailed and 154 phages (4%) are cubic, filamentous, or pleomorphic. Siphoviridae or phages with long noncontractile tails constitute 60% of tailed phages. Phages are found in over 100 bacterial genera including archaebacteria and rickettsiae. Their distribution is very uneven and probably reflects the evolutionary history of bacteria.

PMID:
1605737
DOI:
10.1007/bf01309802
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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