Steinert, Georg and Rohde, Sven and Janussen, Dorte and Blaurock, Claudia and Schupp, Peter J. (2017) Host-specific assembly of sponge-associated prokaryotes at high taxonomic ranks. Scientific reports, 7 (1). ISSN 2045-2322

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Sponges (Porifera) are abundant and diverse members of benthic filter feeding communities in most marine ecosystems, from the deep sea to tropical reefs. A characteristic feature is the associated dense and diverse prokaryotic community present within the sponge mesohyl. Previous molecular genetic studies revealed the importance of host identity for the community composition of the spongeassociated microbiota. However, little is known whether sponge host-specific prokaryotic community patterns observed at 97% 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity are consistent at high taxonomic ranks (from genus to phylum level). In the present study, we investigated the prokaryotic community structure and variation of 24 sponge specimens (seven taxa) and three seawater samples from Sweden. Results show that the resemblance of prokaryotic communities at different taxonomic ranks is consistent with patterns present at 97% operational taxonomic unit level.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publiziert mit Hilfe des DFG-geförderten Open Access-Publikationsfonds der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.
Subjects: Science and mathematics > Life sciences, biology
Divisions: Faculty of Mathematics and Science > Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM)
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2017 10:04
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 10:38
URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:715-oops-34234
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-02656-6

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