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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342593/taxocoenosis-of-epibenthic-dinoflagellates-in-the-coastal-waters-of-the-northern-yucatan-peninsula-before-and-after-the-harmful-algal-bloom-event-in-2011-2012
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Ana C Aguilar-Trujillo, Yuri B Okolodkov, Jorge A Herrera-Silveira, Fany Del C Merino-Virgilio, Citlalli Galicia-García
Eutrophication causes the major impact in the coastal waters of the state of Yucatan. In general, loss of water quality and biological communities and massive development of toxic microorganisms are some of the consequences of this phenomenon. To reveal changes in species composition and cell abundance of the taxocoenosis of epibenthic dinoflagellates before and after a harmful algal bloom event in the water column that lasted about 150days (August-December 2011) in the Dzilam - San Crisanto area (northern Yucatan Peninsula, southeastern Gulf of Mexico) were the main objectives of the present study...
March 22, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337392/microsatellite-markers-for-population-studies-of-the-salt-marsh-species-juncus-roemerianus-juncaceae
#2
Hayley R Tumas, Brian M Shamblin, Mark S Woodrey, Campbell J Nairn
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Juncus roemerianus (Juncaceae) is a foundational species and ecosystem engineer of salt marshes in the Gulf of Mexico. These ecosystems provide coastal flood attenuation, nurseries for important species, and other ecosystem services, but are experiencing significant decline. Nuclear microsatellite markers were developed for J. roemerianus to study genetic diversity and population structure for conservation and restoration efforts. METHODS AND RESULTS: Illumina NextSeq high-throughput sequencing was used to develop a panel of 19 polymorphic microsatellite markers that were tested across individuals from three populations on the Gulf Coast...
March 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337070/genomic-methods-and-microbiological-technologies-for-profiling-novel-and-extreme-environments-for-the-extreme-microbiome-project-xmp
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Scott Tighe, Ebrahim Afshinnekoo, Tara M Rock, Ken McGrath, Noah Alexander, Alexa McIntyre, Sofia Ahsanuddin, Daniela Bezdan, Stefan J Green, Samantha Joye, Sarah Stewart Johnson, Don A Baldwin, Nathan Bivens, Nadim Ajami, Joseph R Carmical, Ian Charold Herriott, Rita Colwell, Mohamed Donia, Jonathan Foox, Nick Greenfield, Tim Hunter, Jessica Hoffman, Joshua Hyman, Ellen Jorgensen, Diana Krawczyk, Jodie Lee, Shawn Levy, Natàlia Garcia-Reyero, Matthew Settles, Kelley Thomas, Felipe Gómez, Lynn Schriml, Nikos Kyrpides, Elena Zaikova, Jon Penterman, Christopher E Mason
The Extreme Microbiome Project (XMP) is a project launched by the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities Metagenomics Research Group (ABRF MGRG) that focuses on whole genome shotgun sequencing of extreme and unique environments using a wide variety of biomolecular techniques. The goals are multifaceted, including development and refinement of new techniques for the following: 1) the detection and characterization of novel microbes, 2) the evaluation of nucleic acid techniques for extremophilic samples, and 3) the identification and implementation of the appropriate bioinformatics pipelines...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Techniques: JBT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333937/variability-in-age-and-size-at-maturation-reproductive-longevity-and-long-term-growth-dynamics-for-kemp-s-ridley-sea-turtles-in-the-gulf-of-mexico
#4
Larisa Avens, Lisa R Goshe, Lewis Coggins, Donna J Shaver, Ben Higgins, Andre M Landry, Rhonda Bailey
Effective management of protected sea turtle populations requires knowledge not only of mean values for demographic and life-history parameters, but also temporal and spatial trends, variability, and underlying causes. For endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii), the need for baseline information of this type has been emphasized during attempts to understand causes underlying the recent truncation in the recovery trajectory for nesting females. To provide insight into variability in age and size at sexual maturation (ASM and SSM) and long-term growth patterns likely to influence population trends, we conducted skeletochronological analysis of humerus bones from 333 Kemp's ridleys stranded throughout the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) from 1993 to 2010...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326069/different-bacterial-communities-involved-in-peptide-decomposition-between-normoxic-and-hypoxic-coastal-waters
#5
Shuting Liu, Boris Wawrik, Zhanfei Liu
Proteins and peptides are key components of the labile dissolved organic matter pool in marine environments. Knowing which types of bacteria metabolize peptides can inform the factors that govern peptide decomposition and further carbon and nitrogen remineralization in marine environments. A (13)C-labeled tetrapeptide, alanine-valine-phenylalanine-alanine (AVFA), was added to both surface (normoxic) and bottom (hypoxic) seawater from a coastal station in the northern Gulf of Mexico for a 2-day incubation experiment, and bacteria that incorporated the peptide were identified using DNA stable isotope probing (SIP)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319178/inter-nesting-movements-and-habitat-use-of-adult-female-kemp-s-ridley-turtles-in-the-gulf-of-mexico
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Donna J Shaver, Kristen M Hart, Ikuko Fujisaki, David Bucklin, Autumn R Iverson, Cynthia Rubio, Thomas F Backof, Patrick M Burchfield, Raul de Jesus Gonzales Diaz Miron, Peter H Dutton, Amy Frey, Jaime Peña, Daniel Gomez Gamez, Hector J Martinez, Jaime Ortiz
Species vulnerability is increased when individuals congregate in restricted areas for breeding; yet, breeding habitats are not well defined for many marine species. Identification and quantification of these breeding habitats are essential to effective conservation. Satellite telemetry and switching state-space modeling (SSM) were used to define inter-nesting habitat of endangered Kemp's ridley turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) in the Gulf of Mexico. Turtles were outfitted with satellite transmitters after nesting at Padre Island National Seashore, Texas, USA, from 1998 through 2013 (n = 60); Rancho Nuevo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, during 2010 and 2011 (n = 11); and Tecolutla, Veracruz, Mexico, during 2012 and 2013 (n = 11)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306747/hypothermic-stunning-of-green-sea-turtles-in-a-western-gulf-of-mexico-foraging-habitat
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Donna J Shaver, Philippe E Tissot, Mary M Streich, Jennifer Shelby Walker, Cynthia Rubio, Anthony F Amos, Jeffrey A George, Michelle R Pasawicz
Texas waters provide one of the most important developmental and foraging habitats for juvenile green turtles (Chelonia mydas) in the western Gulf of Mexico, but hypothermic stunning is a significant threat and was the largest cause of green turtle strandings in Texas from 1980 through 2015; of the 8,107 green turtles found stranded, 4,529 (55.9%) were victims of hypothermic stunning. Additionally, during this time, 203 hypothermic stunned green turtles were found incidentally captured due to power plant water intake entrapment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302359/footprint-weathering-and-persistence-of-synthetic-base-drilling-mud-olefins-in-deep-sea-sediments-following-the-deepwater-horizon-disaster
#8
Scott A Stout, James R Payne
Olefin-based synthetic-based drilling mud (SBM) was released into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) disaster in 2010. We studied the composition of neat SBM and, using conventional GC-FID, the extent, concentration, and chemical character of SBM-derived olefins in >3600 seafloor sediments collected in 2010/2011 and 2014. SBM-derived (C14-C20) olefins occurred (up to 10cm deep) within a 6.5km(2) "footprint" around the well. The olefin concentration in most sediments decreased an order of magnitude between 2010/2011 and 2014, at least in part due to biodegradation, evidenced by the preferential loss C16 and C18 linear (α- and internal) versus branched olefins...
March 13, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279809/historical-biogeography-of-the-highly-diverse-brown-seaweed-lobophora-dictyotales-phaeophyceae
#9
Christophe Vieira, Olga Camacho, Zhongmin Sun, Suzanne Fredericq, Frederik Leliaert, Claude Payri, Olivier De Clerck
The tropical to warm-temperate marine brown macroalgal genus Lobophora (Dictyotales, Phaeophyceae) recently drew attention because of its striking regional diversity. In this study we reassess Lobophora global species diversity, and species distributions, and explore how historical factors have shaped current diversity patterns. We applied a series of algorithmic species delineation techniques on a global mitochondrial cox3 dataset of 598 specimens, resulting in an estimation of 98-121 species. This diversity by far exceeds traditional diversity estimates based on morphological data...
March 6, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274762/are-whale-sharks-exposed-to-persistent-organic-pollutants-and-plastic-pollution-in-the-gulf-of-california-mexico-first-ecotoxicological-investigation-using-skin-biopsies
#10
Maria Cristina Fossi, Matteo Baini, Cristina Panti, Matteo Galli, Begoña Jiménez, Juan Muñoz-Arnanz, Letizia Marsili, Maria Grazia Finoia, Dení Ramírez-Macías
The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is an endangered species that may be exposed to micro- and macro-plastic ingestion as a result of their filter-feeding activity, particularly on the sea surface. In this pilot project we perform the first ecotoxicological investigation on whale sharks sampled in the Gulf of California exploring the potential interaction of this species with plastic debris (macro-, micro-plastics and related sorbed contaminants). Due to the difficulty in obtaining stranded specimens of this endangered species, an indirect approach, by skin biopsies was used for the evaluation of the whale shark ecotoxicological status...
March 5, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263882/two-new-species-of-elopicola-digenea-aporocotylidae-from-hawaiian-ladyfish-elops-hawaiensis-eastern-sea-and-atlantic-tarpon-megalops-atlanticus-gulf-of-mexico-with-a-comment-on-monophyly-of-elopomorph-blood-flukes
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Raphael Orélis-Ribeiro, Kenneth M Halanych, Binh T Dang, Micah D Bakenhaster, Cova R Arias, Stephen A Bullard
Elopicola bristowi sp. n. infects the blood vascular system of Hawaiian ladyfish, Elops hawaiensis, in the Eastern Sea. It differs from the only nominal congener Elopicola nolancribbi by the combination of having rows of ventrolateral tegumental spines, a proportionally long oesophagus, anterior caeca, vasa efferentia coalescing ventral to the posterodextral margin of the testis, a post-testicular metraterm, a dextral common genital pore lateral to the oötype, and genitalia that are enantiomorphic relative to those of E...
March 3, 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242285/feather-corticosterone-during-non-breeding-correlates-with-multiple-measures-of-physiology-during-subsequent-breeding-in-a-migratory-seabird
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Graham D Fairhurst, Louise Champoux, Keith A Hobson, Jean-François Rail, Jonathan Verreault, Magella Guillemette, William A Montevecchi, Pauline Brousseau, Catherine Soos
Carry-over effects in migratory birds are likely mediated by physiological processes that are activated in response to environmental variation. Such processes affect body condition and/or reproductive success, and can include corticosterone (CORT) because this hormone responds to environmental stressors and influences energy balance. Few studies have considered how CORT levels during non-breeding relate to a broader physiological profile during subsequent breeding, and fewer still have considered measures other than body condition...
February 24, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238431/assessing-seawater-intrusion-in-an-arid-coastal-aquifer-under-high-anthropogenic-influence-using-major-constituents-sr-and-b-isotopes-in-groundwater
#13
J Mahlknecht, D Merchán, M Rosner, A Meixner, R Ledesma-Ruiz
The La Paz aquifer system (Baja California Sur, Mexico) is under severe anthropogenic pressure because of high groundwater abstraction for urban supply (city of La Paz, around 222,000 inhabitants) and irrigated agriculture (1900ha). In consequence, seawater has infiltrated the aquifer, forcing the abandonment of wells with increased salinity. The objective of this study was to assess seawater intrusion, understand the hydrogeochemical processes involved and estimate the contribution of seawater in the wells tested...
February 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228672/redescription-of-dynoides-elegans-boone-1923-crustacea-isopoda-sphaeromatidae-from-the-north-eastern-pacific
#14
Regina Wetzer, Gracie Mowery
Dynoides elegans (Boone, 1923) from southern California is reviewed, redescribed, and figured. The original species description did not include figures, making it difficult to attribute individuals to the species. Dynoides saldanai Carvacho and Haasmann, 1984 and Dynoides crenulatus Carvacho & Haasman, 1984 from the Pacific Coast of Mexico and Dynoides brevicornis Kussakin & Malyutina, 1987, from Furugelm Island, Peter the Great Gulf in the Sea of Japan, appear morphologically more similar to each other than to western Pacific species...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215865/triple-trouble-invasive-poeciliid-fishes-carry-the-introduced-tilapia-pathogen-gyrodactylus-cichlidarum-in-the-mexican-highlands
#15
Adriana García-Vásquez, Ulises Razo-Mendivil, Miguel Rubio-Godoy
As part of ongoing surveys of the gyrodactylid parasite fauna of freshwater fishes in Mexico, we recorded the infection of three species of poeciliids (Poecilia mexicana, Poeciliopsis gracilis, and Pseudoxiphophorus bimaculatus [syn.=Heterandria bimaculata]) with Gyrodactylus cichlidarum, a monogenean parasite of cichlid fishes, which has been co-introduced globally with its translocated, African "tilapia" hosts. This tilapia pathogen was found on poeciliid fishes both within their native distribution range in the Gulf of Mexico slope, as well as on invasive species artificially introduced to the Mexican highlands, to rivers draining into the Pacific Ocean...
February 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214010/associations-between-metal-exposure-and-lesion-formation-in-offshore-gulf-of-mexico-fishes-collected-after-the-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill
#16
Jennifer E Granneman, David L Jones, Ernst B Peebles
The objectives of this study were to: (1) examine patterns of short- and long-term metal exposure within the otoliths of six offshore fish species in varying states of health, as indicated by the presence of external skin lesions, and (2) determine if there was a change in otolith metal concentrations concurrent with the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill. Otoliths collected from 2011 to 2013 in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) were analyzed for a suite of trace metals known to be associated with DWH oil. We found that lesioned fish often had elevated levels of otolith (60)Ni and (64)Zn before, during, and after the DWH oil spill...
February 14, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187671/-i-gobiesox-i-i-lanceolatus-i-a-new-species-of-clingfish-teleostei-%C3%A2-gobiesocidae-from-los-frailes-submarine-canyon-gulf-of-california-mexico
#17
Philip A Hastings, Kevin W Conway
Gobiesox lanceolatus is described from a single specimen collected from 300 meters depth in the Los Frailes submarine canyon in the southwestern Gulf of California. The "Canyon Clingfish" is unique within Gobiesox in having a lanceolate caudal fin, with the central rays longer than those above and below them. It is also distinguished by 14 dorsal-fin rays (first tiny and unsegmented), 11 anal-fin rays, 28 pectoral-fin rays, anus slightly closer to anal-fin origin than to posterior margin of pelvic disc, and dorsal-fin origin in front of vertical from anus...
January 17, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187633/integrative-taxonomy-reveals-the-first-record-and-a-new-species-for-the-previously-monotypic-genus-i-tethytimea-i-tethyida-tethyidae-in-the-gulf-of-mexico
#18
José Antonio Cruz-Barraza, Cristina Vega, Enrique Ávila, Laura Elena Vázquez-Maldonado
The first record of the previous monotypic genus Tethytimea and the description of a new species from cryptic habitats of Gulf of Mexico are presented. Tethytimea carmelita sp. nov., is a red orange cushion shaped sponge (about 5 mm thick) with a tuberculate to granular surface. The spicular complement is formed by tylostyles (200-1120 µm length), smooth spheres (12.5-55 µm in diameter); megasters-spheroxyasters (12.5-90 µm in diameter); and micrasters in two categories: oxy-strongylasters (12.5-27.5 µm in diameter) and spherotylasters (2...
January 25, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187590/-i-uroptychus-i-i-atlanticus-i-a-new-species-of-squat-lobster-crustacea-decapoda-anomura-chirostylidae-from-the-western-atlantic-ocean
#19
Keiji Baba, Mary K Wicksten
A new species of squat lobster, Uroptychus atlanticus, is described on the basis of a female specimen taken at a depth of 713-841 m in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. The new species is readily distinguished from all known species of the genus from the western Atlantic by the very spinose carapace and pereopods, and a transverse row of spines on each of the abdominal tergites 1 and 2.
February 2, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183106/systematics-and-biogeography-of-cuban-porcelain-crabs-decapoda-anomura-porcellanidae
#20
Yander L Diez, Carlos Lira
Marine crustaceans are a well-known invertebrates group in Cuban waters, but some taxa are not well catalogued and the literature about them is scattered. In this work, we present the checklist of porcelain crabs of Cuban Archipelago, including the literature registers and unpublished author's data. A key to the identification of 8 genera and 23 species of the Cuban porcelain crabs is provided. Information about the local distribution of species is presented. In addition, we analyzed the porcelain crab faunal affinities between the ecoregions of the Cuban platform, Greater Antilles islands and the Tropical Northwestern Atlantic (TNA) province...
January 10, 2017: Zootaxa
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