Divergent microbiota of echinoid eggs separated by the Isthmus of Panama

Tyler Carrier, Harilaos Lessios & Adam Reitzel
Relationships between animals and their associated microbiota are dependent on the evolutionary history of the host and on the environment. The majority of studies tend to focus on one of these factors and rarely consider how both determine the community composition of the associated bacteria. One “natural experiment” to test how evolutionary history, shared environments, and the interaction between these factors drive community composition is to compare geminate species pairs. Echinoids separated by the Isthmus...
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