Nature Communications (Nov 2022)

Host biology, ecology and the environment influence microbial biomass and diversity in 101 marine fish species

  • Jeremiah J. Minich,
  • Andreas Härer,
  • Joseph Vechinski,
  • Benjamin W. Frable,
  • Zachary R. Skelton,
  • Emily Kunselman,
  • Michael A. Shane,
  • Daniela S. Perry,
  • Antonio Gonzalez,
  • Daniel McDonald,
  • Rob Knight,
  • Todd P. Michael,
  • Eric E. Allen

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 13, no. 1
pp. 1 – 19


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In this study, the microbiota of multiple body sites from 101 marine fish species from Southern California were sampled and analysed. The authors compared diversity measures while also establishing a method to estimate microbial biomass. Body site is shown to be the strongest driver of microbial diversity and patterns of phylosymbiosis are observed across the gill, skin and hindgut.