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What you should know:

Rickettsias are among the smallest bacteria known, measuring ~ 0.3 - 0.5 um. They are obligate intracellular parasites (similar to chlamydia) in warm-blooded animals. Pathogens among these include R. rickettsii (Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever) and R. prowazekii (typhus fever). They are Gram-negative.


Domain Bacteria

    Phylum Proteobacteria 

        Class α - Proteobacteria 

Bergey's Manual Volume 2: The Proteobacteria