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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545324/postmortem-examination-of-australian-sea-snakes-hydrophiinae-anatomy-and-common-pathologic-conditions
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Amber K Gillett, Richard Ploeg, Mark Flint, Paul C Mills
There is limited published information about disease in wild sea snakes and no standardized guideline for postmortem examination of sea snakes. Identifying causes of morbidity and mortality of marine vertebrate species has been pivotal to understanding disease factors implicated in stranding events and assisting with the formulation of conservation plans. Additionally, postmortem findings can provide valuable information on life history traits and the ecology of these reclusive species. Sick, moribund, or dead sea snakes are intermittently washed ashore along Australian and international beaches and provide an opportunity to examine a subset of the population and identify causes of population decline...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544999/mercury-bioaccumulation-in-offshore-reef-fishes-from-waters-of-the-southeastern-usa
#2
Wiley Sinkus, Virginia Shervette, Joseph Ballenger, Lou Ann Reed, Craig Plante, Byron White
Mercury (Hg) concentrations and nitrogen (δ(15)N) and carbon (δ(13)C) stable isotopic ratios were measured to assess differences in Hg bioaccumulation in four predatory fish species (Mycteroperca microlepis, Lutjanus campechanus, Caulolatilus microps, and Serioli dumerili) of high commercial and recreational importance in Atlantic waters of the southeastern US. Positive relationships existed between Hg and length, weight, and age, for all species, strongest for M. microlepis and L. campechanus. Intraspecific Hg concentrations also strongly correlated with δ(15)N for all species, and δ(13)C for only L...
May 22, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544612/ecology-adaptation-and-function-of-methane-sulfidic-spring-water-biofilm-microorganisms-including-a-strain-of-anaerobic-fungus-mucor-hiemalis
#3
Enamul Hoque, Johannes Fritscher
Ecological aspects, adaptation, and some functions of a special biofilm and its unique key anaerobic fungus Mucor hiemalis strain EH11 isolated from a pristine spring (Künzing, Bavaria, Germany) are described. The spring's pure nature is characterized by, for example, bubbling methane, marine-salinity, mild hydrothermal (~19.1°C), sulfidic, and reductive-anoxic (Eh : -241 to -253 mV, O2 : ≤ 0.1 mg/L) conditions. It is geoecologically located at the border zone between Bavarian Forest (crystalline rocky mountains) and the moor-like Danube River valley, where geological displacements bring the spring's water from the deeper layers of former marine sources up to the surface...
May 24, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544549/future-warmer-seas-increased-stress-and-susceptibility-to-grazing-in-seedlings-of-a-marine-habitat-forming-species
#4
Gema Hernán, María J Ortega, Alberto M Gándara, Inés Castejón, Jorge Terrados, Fiona Tomas
Increases in seawater temperature are expected to have negative consequences for marine organisms. Beyond individual effects, species-specific differences in thermal tolerance are predicted to modify species interactions and increase the strength of top-down effects, particularly in plant-herbivore interactions. Shifts in trophic interactions will be especially important when affecting habitat-forming species such as seagrasses, as the consequences on their abundance will cascade throughout the food web. Seagrasses are a major component of coastal ecosystems offering important ecosystem services, but are threatened by multiple anthropogenic stressors, including warming...
May 22, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544014/survey-on-the-presence-of-non-dioxine-like-pcbs-ndl-pcbs-in-loggerhead-turtles-caretta-caretta-stranded-in-south-mediterranean-coasts-sicily-southern-italy
#5
Gaetano Cammilleri, Enza Calvaruso, Licia Pantano, Giovanni Lo Cascio, Barbara Randisi, Andrea Macaluso, Mirella Vazzana, Giulia Caracappa, Giuseppe Giangrosso, Antonio Vella, Vincenzo Ferrantelli
A total of 71 loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) stranded along the coasts of Sicily (Southern Italy) were examined for Non Dioxine Like-PCB (NDL-PCB) levels in muscle and adipose tissue by a GC-MS/MS method. The results revealed high six indicator congeners (∑6 PCBIND ) levels in the 45% of the loggerhead turtles examined with mean values of 980.39 ± 2508.39 ng g(-1 ) w.w. in adipose tissue and 102.53 ± 238.58 ng g(-1 ) w.w. in muscle. The hexachloro and heptachloro PCB congeners were the most abundant in both the sample types...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542323/short-term-impacts-and-value-of-a-periodic-no-take-zone-ntz-in-a-community-managed-small-scale-lobster-fishery-madagascar
#6
Stephen Long
The small-scale lobster fisheries of Madagascar's impoverished southeast coast account for the majority of national catch and export, making a significant contribution to the regional economy. Data suggests catches have declined, likely due to over-exploitation. In response, the community of Sainte Luce has established a locally managed marine area (LMMA) to manage their lobster fishery, including a 13 km2 periodic no take zone (NTZ). Participatory monitoring data were used to assess compliance, identify changes in catch per unit effort (CPUE) associated with the NTZ and consider the short-term value of the NTZ...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542268/consistent-multi-level-trophic-effects-of-marine-reserve-protection-across-northern-new-zealand
#7
Graham J Edgar, Rick D Stuart-Smith, Russell J Thomson, Debbie J Freeman
Through systematic Reef Life Survey censuses of rocky reef fishes, invertebrates and macroalgae at eight marine reserves across northern New Zealand and the Kermadec Islands, we investigated whether a system of no-take marine reserves generates consistent biodiversity outcomes. Ecological responses of reef assemblages to protection from fishing, including potential trophic cascades, were assessed using a control-impact design for the six marine reserves studied with associated reference sites, and also by comparing observations at reserve sites with predictions from random forest models that assume reserve locations are fished...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542261/considering-reefscape-configuration-and-composition-in-biophysical-models-advance-seascape-genetics
#8
Simon Van Wynsberge, Serge Andréfouët, Nabila Gaertner-Mazouni, Josina Tiavouane, Daphné Grulois, Jérôme Lefèvre, Malin L Pinsky, Cécile Fauvelot
Previous seascape genetics studies have emphasized the role of ocean currents and geographic distances to explain the genetic structure of marine species, but the role of benthic habitat has been more rarely considered. Here, we compared the population genetic structure observed in West Pacific giant clam populations against model simulations that accounted habitat composition and configuration, geographical distance, and oceanic currents. Dispersal determined by geographical distance provided a modelled genetic structure in better agreement with the observations than dispersal by oceanic currents, possibly due to insufficient spatial resolution of available oceanographic and coastal circulation models...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536570/the-importance-of-h-in-particulate-organic-matter-stoichiometry-export-and-energy-flow
#9
REVIEW
David M Karl, Eric Grabowski
The discipline of marine ecological stoichiometry has progressed rapidly over the past two decades, and continues to be at the forefront of microbial oceanography. Most of this effort has been focused on the elements carbon (C) and nitrogen (N), and to a lesser extent phosphorus (P), with little consideration of hydrogen (H), or the redox state of the organic matter pools despite the fact that H is the most abundant, and possibly the most important, element in biogeochemistry. Obtaining accurate estimates of the H content of organic matter, either in suspended or sinking particles, is a major analytical challenge...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535299/analysis-of-bacterial-metagenomes-from-the-southwestern-gulf-of-mexico-for-pathogens-detection
#10
Wendy Escobedo-Hinojosa, Liliana Pardo-López
Little is known about the diversity of bacteria in the Southwestern Gulf of Mexico. The aim of the study illustrated in this perspective was to search for the presence of bacterial pathogens in this ecosystem, using metagenomic data recently generated by the Mexican research group known as the Gulf of Mexico Research Consortium. Several genera of bacteria annotated as pathogens were detected in water and sediment marine samples. As expected, native and ubiquitous pathogenic bacteria genera such as Burkolderia, Halomonas, Pseudomonas, Shewanella, and Vibrio were highly represented...
May 23, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534879/epibionts-dominate-metabolic-functional-potential-of-trichodesmium-colonies-from-the-oligotrophic-ocean
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Kyle R Frischkorn, Mónica Rouco, Benjamin A S Van Mooy, Sonya T Dyhrman
Trichodesmium is a genus of marine diazotrophic colonial cyanobacteria that exerts a profound influence on global biogeochemistry, by injecting 'new' nitrogen into the low nutrient systems where it occurs. Colonies of Trichodesmium ubiquitously contain a diverse assemblage of epibiotic microorganisms, constituting a microbiome on the Trichodesmium host. Metagenome sequences from Trichodesmium colonies were analyzed along a resource gradient in the western North Atlantic to examine microbiome community structure, functional diversity and metabolic contributions to the holobiont...
May 23, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534877/light-enhances-the-growth-rates-of-natural-populations-of-aerobic-anoxygenic-phototrophic-bacteria
#12
Isabel Ferrera, Olga Sánchez, Eva Kolářová, Michal Koblížek, Josep M Gasol
Aerobic anoxygenic phototrophic (AAP) bacteria are microorganisms that can harvest light energy using bacteriochlorophyll a to supplement their predominantly organotrophic metabolism. Growth enhancement by light has repeatedly been demonstrated in laboratory experiments with AAP isolates. However, the ecological advantage of light utilization is unclear, as it has never been proven in the natural environment. Here, we conducted manipulation experiments in the NW Mediterranean and found that AAP bacteria display high growth rates which are controlled to a large extent by intense grazing pressure and phosphorous availability...
May 23, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533985/metabarcoding-monitoring-analysis-the-pros-and-cons-of-using-co-extracted-environmental-dna-and-rna-data-to-assess-offshore-oil-production-impacts-on-benthic-communities
#13
Olivier Laroche, Susanna A Wood, Louis A Tremblay, Gavin Lear, Joanne I Ellis, Xavier Pochon
Sequencing environmental DNA (eDNA) is increasingly being used as an alternative to traditional morphological-based identification to characterize biological assemblages and monitor anthropogenic impacts in marine environments. Most studies only assess eDNA which, compared to eRNA, can persist longer in the environment after cell death. Therefore, eRNA may provide a more immediate census of the environment due to its relatively weaker stability, leading some researchers to advocate for the use of eRNA as an additional, or perhaps superior proxy for portraying ecological changes...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533966/microbiome-patterns-across-the-gastrointestinal-tract-of-the-rabbitfish-siganus-fuscescens
#14
Shaun Nielsen, Jackson Wilkes Walburn, Adriana Vergés, Torsten Thomas, Suhelen Egan
Most of our knowledge regarding the biodiversity of gut microbes comes from terrestrial organisms or marine species of economic value, with less emphasis on ecologically important species. Here we investigate the bacterial composition associated with the gut of Siganus fuscescens, a rabbitfish that plays an important ecological role in coastal ecosystems by consuming seaweeds. Members of Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes and delta-Proteobacteria were among the dominant taxa across samples taken from the contents and the walls (sites) of the midgut and hindgut (location)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533565/ocean-research-priorities-similarities-and-differences-among-scientists-policymakers-and-fishermen-in-the-united-states
#15
Julia G Mason, Murray A Rudd, Larry B Crowder
Understanding and solving complex ocean conservation problems requires cooperation not just among scientific disciplines but also across sectors. A recently published survey that probed research priorities of marine scientists, when provided to ocean stakeholders, revealed some agreement on priorities but also illuminated key differences. Ocean acidification, cumulative impacts, bycatch effects, and restoration effectiveness were in the top 10 priorities for scientists and stakeholder groups. Significant priority differences were that scientists favored research questions about ocean acidification and marine protected areas; policymakers prioritized questions about habitat restoration, bycatch, and precaution; and fisheries sector resource users called for the inclusion of local ecological knowledge in policymaking...
May 1, 2017: Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533519/ocean-acidification-compromises-a-planktic-calcifier-with-implications-for-global-carbon-cycling
#16
Catherine V Davis, Emily B Rivest, Tessa M Hill, Brian Gaylord, Ann D Russell, Eric Sanford
Anthropogenically-forced changes in ocean chemistry at both the global and regional scale have the potential to negatively impact calcifying plankton, which play a key role in ecosystem functioning and marine carbon cycling. We cultured a globally important calcifying marine plankter (the foraminifer, Globigerina bulloides) under an ecologically relevant range of seawater pH (7.5 to 8.3 total scale). Multiple metrics of calcification and physiological performance varied with pH. At pH > 8.0, increased calcification occurred without a concomitant rise in respiration rates...
May 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533412/extraordinarily-rapid-speciation-in-a-marine-fish
#17
Paolo Momigliano, Henri Jokinen, Antoine Fraimout, Ann-Britt Florin, Alf Norkko, Juha Merilä
Divergent selection may initiate ecological speciation extremely rapidly. How often and at what pace ecological speciation proceeds to yield strong reproductive isolation is more uncertain. Here, we document a case of extraordinarily rapid speciation associated with ecological selection in the postglacial Baltic Sea. European flounders (Platichthys flesus) in the Baltic exhibit two contrasting reproductive behaviors: pelagic and demersal spawning. Demersal spawning enables flounders to thrive in the low salinity of the Northern Baltic, where eggs cannot achieve neutral buoyancy...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528744/locked-in-the-icehouse-evolution-of-an-endemic-epimeria-amphipoda-crustacea-species-flock-on-the-antarctic-shelf
#18
Marie L Verheye, Thierry Backeljau, Cédric d'Udekem d'Acoz
The Antarctic shelf's marine biodiversity has been greatly influenced by the climatic and glacial history of the region. Extreme temperature changes led to the extinction of some lineages, while others adapted and flourished. The amphipod genus Epimeria is an example of the latter, being particularly diverse in the Antarctic region. By reconstructing a time-calibrated phylogeny based on mitochondrial (COI) and nuclear (28S and H3) markers and including Epimeria species from all oceans, this study provides a temporal and geographical framework for the evolution of Antarctic Epimeria...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528410/comparison-of-toxicities-of-metal-pyrithiones-including-their-degradation-compounds-and-organotin-antifouling-biocides-to-the-japanese-killifish-oryzias-latipes
#19
Madoka Ohji, Hiroya Harino
Japanese killifish Oryzias latipes were exposed to three levels (0, 1, and 10 µg l(-1)) of copper pyrithione (CuPT2), zinc pyrithione (ZnPT2), six of their degradation products, and the organotin compounds tributyltin (TBT) and triphenyltin (TPT) for 48 h at 20 °C. All individual fish exposed to 1 and 10 µg l(-1) of CuPT2 or 10 µg l(-1) of ZnPT2 were dead within 12 h, respectively, and at 24 h the survival rate of the fish exposed to 1 µg l(-1) of ZnPT2 was 50%. All fish exposed to 10 µg l(-1) of ZnPT2 showed morphological abnormalities in the form of vertebral deformity...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528408/the-glaucous-winged-gull-larus-glaucescens-as-an-indicator-of-chemical-contaminants-in-the-canadian-pacific-marine-environment-evidence-from-stable-isotopes
#20
M L Davis, J E Elliott, T D Williams
The Glaucous-winged gull (Larus glaucescens) has been selected by Environment Canada as a marine indicator species for long-term monitoring of persistent contaminants in the Canadian Pacific. However, the indicator value of this species depends on its trophic level and proportion of marine prey in its diet. Eggs, used as the monitoring medium, are produced entirely from maternal resources and knowledge of adult diet before and during egg production is critical to interpreting contaminant levels. Due to a lack of recent and reliable dietary ecology work, we examined the diet of breeding Glaucous-winged gulls through carbon (δ(13)C) and nitrogen (δ(15)N) stable isotope analysis at three colonies on the Pacific coast...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
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