Microbial signatures can help distinguish moon sponges (family Tetillidae) from Darwin Harbour, Australia

K Chambers, Anna Padovan, Belinda Alvarez de Glasby, Karen Gibb

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    Abstract

    The bacterial communities of two sponge morphs collected as part of an ecological study and initially allocated to the genus Paratetilla (Demospongiae: Spirophorida: Tetillidae) were analysed using denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) targeting a region of the 16S rRNA gene. The results showed that the two morphs had different bacterial communities, which suggested that they might be distinct Paratetilla species. The sponge samples were further analysed using conventional taxonomy and cytochrome oxidase I (COI) gene sequencing. These data confirmed that (1) the two morphs belonged to different species, and (2) one morph was more closely related to the tetillid genus Cinachyrella than to Paratetilla.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)716-725
    Number of pages10
    JournalMarine and Freshwater Research
    Volume64
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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