Movies of swimming motility

Escherichia coli

Rhodobacter sphaeroides


Movies of swarming motility

Escherichia coli swarm

Salmonella typhmurium swarm

Serratia marcescens swarm

Movies of gliding motility


Mycoplasma mobile

Flavobacterium johnsoniae

Movies of Twitching motility

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Other movies

Tethered bacteria

Escherichia coli patterns

Carpets and microchannels

Miscellaneous movies

Marvels of Bacterial Behavior - History & Physics of Bacterial Motion

Rowland Institute         Harvard University


Fluorescently labeled E.coli.

Here is a collection of movies of swimming, swarming, twitching, gliding and tethered bacteria, cataloged on the left. The miscellaneous category includes a range of phenomena relevant to bacterial behavior. If you would like to download any of these files, click on Download files and then on the file of interest. The .mov files are QuickTime files suitable for playing over the web. The .avi files are less compressed and often at higher resolution, therefore much larger.