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Acceptable symbiont cell size differs among cnidarian species and may limit symbiont diversity

Biquand, Elise; Okubo, Nami; Aihara, Yusuke; Rolland, Vivien; Hayward, David; Hatta, Masayuki; Minagawa, Jun; Maruyama, Tadashi; Takahashi, Shunichi


Reef-building corals form symbiotic relationships with dinoflagellates of the genus Symbiodinium. Symbiodinium are genetically and physiologically diverse, and corals may be able to adapt to different environments by altering their dominant Symbiodinium phylotype. Notably, each coral species associates only with specific Symbiodinium phylotypes, and consequently the diversity of symbionts available to the host is limited by the species specificity. Currently, it is widely presumed that species...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: The International Society of Microbial Ecology
DOI: 10.1038/ismej.2017.17
Access Rights: Open Access


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