The genus Actinomyces consists of facultatively anaerobic and obligately anaerobic gram-positive filamentous rods that microscopically resemble the hyphae of the eukaryotic fungi. Actinomyces are true bacteria (prokaryotic). They should not be confused with the aerobic "actinomycetes", which includes Nocardia and related bacteria that they resemble microscopically. The most common infection due to Actinomyces is actinomycosis, although this term can be applied to similar infections caused by other species, such as Propionibacterium propionicum.
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