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Bacterium Alcyoneum - Green

Bacterium Alcyoneum - Green

True unicellular extremophiles capable of living in the full spectrum of temperatures, chemical soups and atmospheres. They form a kaleidoscopic range of patterns and colours based on their method of metabolism. They derive energy from photosynthetic, chemosynthetic or thermosynthetic processes. There are believed to be the precursors for many life forms, and are often found in conjunction with other species. Links between the biochemistry of bacterial colonies and neighbouring organisms are likely but as yet unproven.

— In-Game Description

Bacterium are a species of alien organism found on planets and moons with thin atmospheres across the galaxy. They can be sampled with the Genetic Sampler and scanned with the Short Range Composition Scanner for a reward voucher of 2,500 credits.

Description[]

Bacteria appear as pattered mats at close range, but look like dark puddles from ~200m away. They do not protrude above the terrain and hence are invisible on Night Vision. They appear on flat ground: most commonly next to craters, but also in the middle of plains and hilly terrain.[1]

Distance[]

Minimum distance between two genetic samples: 500 m.

Conditions of occurrence[]

  • All planets with thin atmosphere
ATMOSPHERE TYPE SPECIES
Helium Bacterium nebulus
Neon, Neon-rich Bacterium acies

Bacterium omentum (Nitrogen or Ammonia based volcanism) Bacterium scopulum (Carbon or Methane based volcanims) Bacterium verrata (Water based volcanism)

Methane, Methane-rich Bacterium bullaris
Argon, Argon-rich Bacterium vesicula
Nitrogen Bacterium informem
Oxygen Bacterium volu
Ammonia Bacterium alcyoneum
Carbon dioxide

Carbon dioxide rich

Bacterium aurasus
Water, Water rich Bacterium cerbrus
Sulfure dioxide Bacterium cerbrus
Any Bacterium tela (Helium, Iron or Silicate based volcanism)

Types[]

There are thirteen known types of Bacterium:

  • Bacterium Acies
  • Bacterium Alcyoneum
  • Bacterium Aurasus
  • Bacterium Bullaris
  • Bacterium Cerbrus
  • Bacterium Informem
  • Bacterium Nebulus
  • Bacterium Omentum
  • Bacterium Scopulum
  • Bacterium Tela
  • Bacterium Verrata
  • Bacterium Vesicula
  • Bacterium Volu

Bacterium acies[]

Bacterium-acies-Aquamarine

CMDR Hanna Hunter, Bacterium acies, Slegeae UW-Z b46-0, 8

Description[]

A bacterial species that converts energy from neon-based atmospheres, creating looping whirls of bright colour.

Conditions of occurrence[]

  • Planet with thin Neon or Neon-rich atmosphere

Colored variants[]

Colored variant determined by rare material found on planet:

MATERIAL COLOR
Antinomy Cyan
Polonium Magenta
Ruthenium Cobalt
Technetium Lime
Tellurium White
Yttrium Aquamarine

Bacterium alcyoneum[]

Bacterium alcyoneum Emerald

CMDR Alistair Hope, Bacterium alcyoneum, Eafots LH-B c27-4, 9 f

Description[]

A bacterial species found in ammonia-based atmospheres that lives in sunlight. A colony’s appearance resembles an intricate maze.

Conditions of occurrence[]

  • Planet with thin Ammonia atmosphere

Colored variants[]

Colored variant determined by the parent star type:

STAR TYPE COLOR
O Turquoise
B Grey
A Yellow
F Lime
G Emerald
K Green
M Teal
L Sage
T Red
TTS Maroon
Y
W Amethyst
D Ocher
N Indigo

Bacterium aurasus[]

Bacterium aurasus Yellow

CMDR Tiberius Vaako, Bacterium aurasus, Seagull Sector IR-W d1-8, 7 A

Description[]

These bacteria thrive on sunlight in atmospheres rich with carbon clioxicle. They cause blanket coloration across a planetary surface.

Conditions of occurrence[]

  • Planet with thin Carbon Dioxide atmosphere

Colored variants[]

Colored variant determined by the parent star type:

STAR TYPE COLOR
O Turquoise
B Grey
A Yellow
F Lime
G Emerald
K Green
M Teal
L Sage
T Red
TTS Maroon
Y
W Amethyst
D Ocher
N Indigo

Bacterium bullaris[]

Bacterium bullaris Red

CMDR Tiberius Vaako, Bacterium bullaris, Slegeae GN-S c20-0 A4

Description[]

This species of bacteria thrives on atmospheric methane, appearing as a network of linked bubble paiterns.

Conditions of occurrence[]

  • Planet with thin Methane or Methane-rich atmosphere

Colored variants[]

Colored variant determined by rare material found on planet:

MATERIAL COLOR
Antinomy Cobalt
Polonium Yellow
Ruthenium Aquamarine
Technetium Gold
Tellurium Lime
Yttrium Red

Bacterium cerbrus[]

Bacterium cerbrus Grey

CMDR NuandaWM, Bacterium cerbrus, Eafots BF-R e4-11, 10 e

Description[]

A sunlight-converting bacterial species on worlds with atmospheres dominated by water and sulphur dioxide. Their colonies resemble a brain-shaped mass of smaller connected cells.

Conditions of occurrence[]

  • Planet with thin Water of Sulfur Dioxide atmosphere

Colored variants[]

Colored variant determined by the parent star type:

STAR TYPE COLOR
O Turquoise
B Grey
A Yellow
F Lime
G Emerald
K Green
M Teal
L Sage
T Red
TTS Maroon
Y
W Amethyst
D Ocher
N Indigo

Bacterium informem[]

Bacterium Informem Aquamarine 2

CMDR Teny Harko, Bacterium Informem, Skaudai CT-C c28-5, B 12 a

Description[]

These bacteria can be found in nitrogen atmospheres, and form a shapeless mass across the surface.

Conditions of occurrence[]

  • Planet with thin Nitrogen atmosphere

Colored variants[]

Colored variant determined by rare material found on planet:

MATERIAL COLOR
Antinomy Red
Polonium Lime
Ruthenium Gold
Technetium Aquamarine
Tellurium Yellow
Yttrium Cobalt

Bacterium nebulus[]

Bacterium Nebulus Gold

CMDR Vegassimus, Bacterium Nebulus, Nyeajaae HS-B a54-11, 5

Description[]

A bacterial species that survives exclusively on atmospheric helium. They are distinguished by a radial pattern extending outward from the colony’s centre.

Conditions of occurrence[]

  • Planet with thin Helium atmosphere

Colored variants[]

Colored variant determined by rare material found on planet:

MATERIAL COLOR
Antinomy Magenta
Polonium Gold
Ruthenium Orange
Technetium
Tellurium Green
Yttrium Cobalt

Bacterium omentum[]

Bacterium-Omentum

CMDR Hanna Hunter, Bacterium omentum, Eafots PS-I c23-4, 6 b

Description[]

These bacteria convert geothermal heat from nitrogen-based volcanic sites into energy. They appear as long interlinked strands across the surface.

Conditions of occurrence[]

  • Planets with thin Neon or Neon-rich atmosphere
  • Nitrogen or Ammonia based Volcanism

Colored variants[]

Colored variant determined by rare material found on planet:

MATERIAL COLOR
Cadmium Lime
Mercury White
Molybdenum Aquamarine
Niobium Peach
Tungsten Blue
Tin Red

Bacterium scopulum[]

Bacterium Scopulum Aquamarine

CMDR Banteay Srei, Bacterium Scopulum, Soul Sector VT-R b4-0, B 3

Description[]

These bacteria thrive on the heat generated by carbon-based volcanic activity and appear as long swirling ridges on the surface.

Conditions of occurrence[]

  • Planets with thin Neon or Neon-rich atmosphere
  • Carbon or Methane based volcanism

Colored variants[]

Colored variant determined by rare material found on planet:

MATERIAL COLOR
Cadmium White
Mercury Peach
Molybdenum Lime
Niobium Red
Tungsten Aquamarine
Tin Mulberry

Bacterium tela[]

Bacterium Tela - Orange

Bacterium Tela - Orange

Description[]

These bacteria appear as an intricate web pattern. They thrive in proximity to helium-based, iron-based and silicate-based volcanic sites.

Conditions of occurrence[]

  • Planets with thin atmosphere
  • Helium, Iron, Silicate or Ammonia based volcanism

Colored variants[]

Colored variant determined by rare material found on planet:

MATERIAL COLOR
Cadmium Gold
Mercury Orange
Molybdenum Yellow
Niobium Magenta
Tungsten Green
Tin Cobalt

Bacterium verrata[]

Bacterium-Verrata-White

CMDR Coddiwompler, Bacterium Verrata

Description[]

These bacteria appear as an intricate web pattern. They thrive in proximity to helium-based, iron-based and silicate-based volcanic sites.

Conditions of occurrence[]

  • Planets with thin Neon or Neon-rich atmosphere
  • Water based volcanism

Colored variants[]

Colored variant determined by rare material found on planet:

MATERIAL COLOR
Cadmium Peach
Mercury Red
Molybdenum White
Niobium Mulberry
Tungsten Lime
Tin Blue

Bacterium vesicula[]

Bacterium vesicula Lime 1

CMDR Kazahnn Drahnn, Bacterium vesicula, Seagull Sector IW-W c1-3, 6 a

Description[]

These bacteria survive on worlds with argon—based atmospheres, and appear as a collection of tight loops on the ground.

Conditions of occurrence[]

  • Planet with thin Argon atmosphere

Colored variants[]

Colored variant determined by rare material found on planet:

MATERIAL COLOR
Antinomy Cyan
Polonium Orange
Ruthenium Mulberry
Technetium Gold
Tellurium Red
Yttrium Lime

Bacterium volu[]

Bacterium-volu-Red

CMDR Arzae, Bacterium volu, Boewnst TG-J D10-3443, A 3 H

Description[]

A bacterial species dependent upon oxygen atmospheres, which creates random swirling patterns across the ground.

Conditions of occurrence[]

  • Planet with thin Oxygen atmosphere

Colored variants[]

Colored variant determined by rare material found on planet:

MATERIAL COLOR
Antinomy Red
Polonium Aquamarine
Ruthenium Cobalt
Technetium
Tellurium Cyan
Yttrium Gold

Locations[]

System Planet Coordinates Type Reported By
Grea Eaescs QX-W b29-0 B 2 Acies CMDR Backer #-1963
HD 77672 Alcyoneum CMDR Hyper Floyd
Gru Eoq JY-H d10-18 8 E 62.1297, 167.6814 Aurasus CMDR Methan Disery
LBN 623 Sector BQ-Y d42 7 38.0247, -75.5663 Aurasus - Yellow CMDR Flury
Belispel B 6 Bullaris CMDR Backer #-1963
Col 285 Sector RU-F c11-14 B 3 -7.2996, 6.0553 Cerbrus CMDR R0ss
Ra' Takakhan 9 D Informem CMDR Eleanor Daerani
Crucis Sector OI-T a3-1 Nebulus CMDR ModnMaster
Col 359 Sector NN-A c14-16 Omentum CMDR Zelenon
Graea Hypue GW-M d7-72 A 5 41.8816, 76.7138 Tela CMDR Chiozaki
Wregoe QT-A b45-0 Verrata CMDR Gookanheimer
Praea EUQ RF-T b5-0 Vesicula CMDR Hobo Jelly
Synuefe LG-B B47-6 5 -45.4559, 100.4002 Acies CMDR Flame Soulis

Tips[]

Bacterium can be very hard to find, as it tends to blend into the terrain. A good trick is to use the free cam on an SRV to get a bird's-eye view of the area while driving, and patches of Bacterium should stick out like a sore thumb. Searching at night is not recommended.

Notes[]

Trivia[]

  • On Earth, many types of microbes from microbial mats similar to this alien organism. These mats are communities formed from several types of microbes.

Gallery[]

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