Intestinal microbiota in fishes

What's known and what's not

Kendall D. Clements, Esther R. Angert, Linn W Montgomery, J. Howard Choat

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Abstract

High-throughput sequencing approaches have enabled characterizations of the community composition of numerous gut microbial communities, which in turn has enhanced interest in their diversity and functional relationships in different groups of vertebrates. Although fishes represent the greatest taxonomic and ecological diversity of vertebrates, our understanding of their gut microbiota and its functional significance has lagged well behind that of terrestrial vertebrates. In order to highlight emerging issues, we provide an overview of research on fish gut microbiotas and the biology of their hosts. We conclude that microbial community composition must be viewed within an informed context of host ecology and physiology, and that this is of particular importance with respect to research planning and sampling design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1891-1898
Number of pages8
JournalMolecular Ecology
Volume23
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • 16S rRNA
  • gut bacteria
  • hindgut fermentation
  • intestine
  • microbial ecology
  • symbiosis

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics

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Intestinal microbiota in fishes : What's known and what's not. / Clements, Kendall D.; Angert, Esther R.; Montgomery, Linn W; Choat, J. Howard.

In: Molecular Ecology, Vol. 23, No. 8, 2014, p. 1891-1898.

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Clements, Kendall D. ; Angert, Esther R. ; Montgomery, Linn W ; Choat, J. Howard. / Intestinal microbiota in fishes : What's known and what's not. In: Molecular Ecology. 2014 ; Vol. 23, No. 8. pp. 1891-1898.
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