periplasmic flagellum

id: GO:0055040
name: periplasmic flagellum
namespace: cellular_component
type: go
obsolete: False

Description: Flagellar filaments located in the periplasmic space; characterized in spirochetes, in which they are essential for shape and motility. Composed of a core surrounded by two sheath layers, the flagella rotate to allow migration of the cell through viscous media, which would not be possible using external flagella.

Parent Functions

GO:0009288bacterial-type flagellum