Chromera velia: Coral symbiont or parasite?

Cumbo, V.R., and Baird, A.H. (2013) Chromera velia: Coral symbiont or parasite? Galaxea, Journal of Coral Reef Studies, 15 (1). pp. 15-16.

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[Extract] The discovery of a novel alga, Chromera velia, has generated much interest because it is a missing link between the non-photosynthetic apicomplexan parasites and dinoflagellates, which includes the coral endosymbiont Symbiodinium (Moore et al. 2008). Janouškovec, this new algal species has only been found in association with corals, having now been isolated from multiple coral species from a range of reefs worldwide (Moore et al. 2008; Cumbo et al. 2012; Janouskovec et al. 2012). C. velia can be endosymbiotic in coral larvae (Cumbo et al. 2012), and can also persist in culture, however, due to its close relationship to apicomplexans it may become parasitic under some conditions (Oborník et al. 2011). In support of this potential shift to parasitism, organelles putatively specialised for cell or host invasion are formed when C. velia is free-living and motile (Oborník et al. 2011).

Item ID: 29195
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1883-3969
Keywords: apicomplexan, coral reef, larval ecology, symbiosis
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2014 05:30
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0605 Microbiology > 060599 Microbiology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0699 Other Biological Sciences > 069999 Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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