Movies of swimming motility

Escherichia coli

Rhodobacter sphaeroides

Synechococcus


Movies of swarming motility

Escherichia coli swarm

Salmonella typhmurium swarm

Serratia marcescens swarm


Movies of gliding motility

Cytophaga

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



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Swimming Synechococcus

This organism swims without flagella at speeds up to 25 µm/s -- see project Swimming without flagella. When cells hit a glass wall, they pinwheel, rather like a tethered cell. The first movie shows swimming. The second movie (at higher magnification) shows pinwheeling.

Movies

Synechococcus swimming

Synechococcus spinning


References

Waterbury, J.B. et al. A cyanobacterium capable of swimming motility. Science 230, 74-76 (1985).