Gut microbial ecology of lizards: insights into diversity in the wild, effects of captivity, variation across gut regions and transmission.

@article{Kohl2017GutME,
  title={Gut microbial ecology of lizards: insights into diversity in the wild, effects of captivity, variation across gut regions and transmission.},
  author={Kevin D Kohl and Antonio Brun and Melisa Magallanes and Joshua Brinkerhoff and Alejandro Laspiur and Juan Carlos Acosta and Enrique Caviedes-Vidal and Seth R Bordenstein},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  year={2017},
  volume={26 4},
  pages={
          1175-1189
        }
}
Animals maintain complex associations with a diverse microbiota living in their guts. Our understanding of the ecology of these associations is extremely limited in reptiles. Here, we report an in-depth study into the microbial ecology of gut communities in three syntopic and viviparous lizard species (two omnivores: Liolaemus parvus and Liolaemus ruibali and an herbivore: Phymaturus williamsi). Using 16S rRNA gene sequencing to inventory various bacterial communities, we elucidate four major… CONTINUE READING
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