THE GENERA CHLAMYDIA and CHLAMYDOPHILA. Characteristics. Rod-shaped or cocciod Obligate intracellular parasites Aerobic Gram negative but difficult to stain Cell w all – lipopolysaccharides form the outer membrane, not peptidoglycan. Forms elementary and reticulate bodies
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The by the Giemsa, Castaneda, Gimenez or Macchiavello methods. chlamydiae are verysmallbacteriawhich are obligateintracellularparasites. Theyhave a more complicatedlifecyclethan free-livingbacteriabecausetheycanexist in twodifferentforms: