Journal article

MOLECULAR DELINEATION OF SPECIES IN THE CORAL HOLOBIONT

Michael Stat, Andrew C Baker, David G Bourne, Adrienne MS Correa, Zac Forsman, Megan J Huggett, Xavier Pochon, Derek Skillings, Robert J Toonen, Madeleine JH van Oppen, Ruth D Gates, M Lesser (ed.)

ADVANCES IN MARINE BIOLOGY, VOL 63 | ELSEVIER ACADEMIC PRESS INC | Published : 2012

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 futu..

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