Molecular delineation of species in the coral holobiont

Stat, Michael, Baker, Andrew C., Bourne, David G., Correa, Adrienne M.S., Forsman, Zac, Huggett, Megan J., Pochon, Xavier, Skillings, Derek, Toonen, Robert J., van Oppen, Madeleine J.H., and Gates, Ruth D. (2012) Molecular delineation of species in the coral holobiont. Advances in Marine Biology, 63. pp. 1-65.

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Abstract

The coral holobiont is a complex assemblage of organisms spanning a diverse taxonomic range including a cnidarian host, as well as various dinoflagellate, prokaryotic and acellular symbionts. With the accumulating information on the molecular diversity of these groups, binomial species classification and a reassessment of species boundaries for the partners in the coral holobiont is a logical extension of this work and will help enhance the capacity for comparative research among studies. To aid in this endeavour, we review the current literature on species diversity for the three best studied partners of the coral holobiont (coral, Symbiodinium, prokaryotes) and provide suggestions for future work on systematics within these taxa. We advocate for an integrative approach to the delineation of species using both molecular genetics in combination with phenetic characters. We also suggest that an a priori set of criteria be developed for each taxonomic group as no one species concept or accompanying set of guidelines is appropriate for delineating all members of the coral holobiont.

Item ID: 51199
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2162-5875
Keywords: bacteria, coral, dinoflagellate, species, symbiodinium, symbiosis
Funders: National Marine Sanctuary Programme (NMSP), AIMS-CSIRO-UWA Collaborative Agreement, National Science Foundation (USA)
Projects and Grants: NMSP 2005-008/6688, NSF OCE-0752604
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2017 01:03
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0605 Microbiology > 060599 Microbiology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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