Classification Specifications
Reasons for the specific placement of Bacillus anthracis on the Family Tree

Text Box: Domain:  Eubacteria
	No nuclear membrane, no organelles in the cytoplasm, 	genetic material in single-strand form
Text Box: Kingdom:  Bacteria
	Unicellular microorganism, no nucleus, can be found anywhere 	on Earth

Phylum:  Firmicutes
           Produce endospores

Class:  Bacilli
           Gram-positive cell wall (containing peptidoglycan), cocci            or rod shaped

Text Box: Order:  Bacillales
	Order of Gram-positive bacteria
Text Box: Family:  Bacillaceae
	Heterotrophic, often rod-shaped bacteria, produce endospores

Genus:  Bacillus
           Anaerobic organisms, rod shaped with oval endospore at one end,            endospores can remain dormant for long periods of time

Text Box: Species:  B. anthracis
	Gram-positive, anaerobic, rod-shaped, forms 	endospores, soil-dwelling, usually 1 by 6 micrometers in size