Interspecific variations in the faecal microbiota of Procellariiform seabirds

Dewar, Meagan L., Arnould, John P. Y., Krause, Lutz, Dann, Peter and Smith, Stuart C. (2014) Interspecific variations in the faecal microbiota of Procellariiform seabirds. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 89 1: 47-55. doi:10.1111/1574-6941.12332

Author Dewar, Meagan L.
Arnould, John P. Y.
Krause, Lutz
Dann, Peter
Smith, Stuart C.
Title Interspecific variations in the faecal microbiota of Procellariiform seabirds
Formatted title
Interspecific variations in the faecal microbiota of Procellariiform seabirds
Journal name FEMS Microbiology Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1574-6941
Publication date 2014-07-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1574-6941.12332
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 89
Issue 1
Start page 47
End page 55
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Despite the enormous amount of data available on the importance of gut microbiota in vertebrates (especially mammals), there is no information available on the microbiota of seabirds. Procellariiformes are long-lived seabirds that consume a diet high in lipids and are characterised by their ability to produce and store large amount of stomach oils through the partial digestion of prey (with the exception of the Pelecanoididae). Examining the faecal microbiota of three Procellariiform species (short-tailed shearwater, common diving petrel and fairy prion) provided a unique opportunity to not only characterise the gastrointestinal (GI) microbial composition of seabirds but to also examine the influence of stomach oils on the microbial community. The results indicated that Procellariiform seabirds host a highly diverse community of faecal microorganisms, dominated by three phyla (Firmicutes, Proteobacteria and Bacteroidetes) and that each species has its own species-specific GI microbiota. In addition, significant differences were observed in the microbial communities of oil-producing and non-oil-producing seabirds. This study is the first whole-community examination and classification of the faecal microbiota of Procellariiform seabirds.
Keyword Microbiota
Short-tailed shearwater
Common diving petrel
Fairy prion
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 1 July 2014

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