Do introduced endosymbiotic dinoflagellates 'take' to new hosts?

LaJeunesse, TC, Loh, W and Trench, RK (2009) Do introduced endosymbiotic dinoflagellates 'take' to new hosts?. BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS, 11 4: 995-1003. doi:10.1007/s10530-008-9311-5

Author LaJeunesse, TC
Loh, W
Trench, RK
Title Do introduced endosymbiotic dinoflagellates 'take' to new hosts?
Journal name BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1387-3547
Publication date 2009-04
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10530-008-9311-5
Volume 11
Issue 4
Start page 995
End page 1003
Total pages 9
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Language eng
Subject C1
960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
0608 Zoology
Formatted abstract
In a recent communication by Stat and Gates (Biol Invasions 10: 579–583, 2008), discovery of a symbiotic combination involving the coral Acropora cytherea and the dinoflagellate endosymbiont, Symbiodinium A1 (Symbiodinium microadriaticum, Freudenthal sensu stricto) in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands was interpreted to be the result of a ‘recent’ introduction. While introductions of symbiotic dinoflagellates have occurred and are occurring, the authors’ conclusion was made without sufficient information about the geographic range and host specificity exhibited by A1. The only direct genetic analysis of symbionts from the putative host vector, a jellyfish in the genus Cassiopeia sp., from Kaneohe Bay on the Island of Oahu, found that it contained a different symbiont species, A3. Furthermore, Stat and Gates (Biol Invasions 10: 579–583, 2008) did not consider the importance of host-symbiont specificity in preventing the establishment of a foreign symbiont species. In comparison to A. cytherea, A. longicyathus on the southern most Great Barrier Reef also hosts Symbiodinium A1 and a closely related endemic, A1a. Instead of assuming that A. cytherea has an unnatural association, a practical explanation is that long-term ecological and evolutionary processes influenced by local environments underlie the unusual, but not unprecedented finding of a Pacific acroporid associating with Clade A Symbiodinium spp
Keyword Acropora
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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