Escherichia coli

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domain Bacteria Escherichia coli, called E. coli, is a gram negative, facultatively anaerobic, rod-shaped bacterium that is commonly found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded animals. Most E. coli are harmless and benefit their hosts by producing vitamin K2, but some serotypes can cause serious food poisoning. E. coli is expelled into the environment within fecal matter.

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kingdom Bacteria
phylum Proteobacteria
class Gammaproteobacteria
order Enterobacteriales
family Enterobacteriaceae
genus Escherichia
species E. coli