Exploring the genetic diversity of shallow-water Agariciidae (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) from the Saudi Arabian Red Sea

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Title:
Exploring the genetic diversity of shallow-water Agariciidae (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) from the Saudi Arabian Red Sea
Authors:
Terraneo, Tullia Isotta ( 0000-0003-2806-4471 ) ; Arrigoni, Roberto; Benzoni, Francesca; Tietbohl, Matthew ( 0000-0002-1101-8412 ) ; Berumen, Michael L. ( 0000-0003-2463-2742 )
Abstract:
Scleractinian corals ascribed to the family Agariciidae represent an important component of Red Sea coral reef fauna, though little genetic data are currently available for this group, and existing information shows polyphyly in the examined mesophotic taxa from the Pacific Ocean. In this work, we provide a first genetic survey of Agariciidae from the Saudi Arabian Red Sea, based on a collection of shallow-water material (<30 m) from the Gulf of Aqaba to the Farasan Islands. Two molecular markers were sequenced to infer morphospecies monophyly and relationships, the intergenic region between COI and 16S rRNA from mitochondrial DNA and the ribosomal ITS1 region from nuclear DNA. A total of 20 morphospecies were identified based on classical macromorphological characters. Six, namely Gardineroseris planulata, Pavona maldivensis, Pavona clavus, Pavona decussata, Leptoseris fragilis, and Leptoseris yabei, were resolved with both DNA loci. The molecular boundaries among the remaining 14 species remain unclear. Our results further confirm that the morphology-based taxonomy of most agariciid species is in disagreement with genetics. In order to disentangle the systematics of these taxa, the inclusion of more sampling locations, additional variable loci, and a micromophological approach are likely needed. Our genetic data represent a first step towards the comparison of biodiversity and connectivity between the Red Sea and the rest of the Indo-Pacific.
KAUST Department:
Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division; Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Citation:
Terraneo TI, Arrigoni R, Benzoni F, Tietbohl MD, Berumen ML (2017) Exploring the genetic diversity of shallow-water Agariciidae (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) from the Saudi Arabian Red Sea. Marine Biodiversity. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12526-017-0722-3.
Publisher:
Springer Nature
Journal:
Marine Biodiversity
KAUST Grant Number:
URF/1/1389-01-01; FCC/1/1973-07
Issue Date:
19-May-2017
DOI:
10.1007/s12526-017-0722-3
Type:
Article
ISSN:
1867-1616; 1867-1624
Sponsors:
This research was undertaken in accordance with the policies and procedures of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Permissions relevant for KAUST to undertake the research have been obtained from the applicable governmental agencies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We wish to thank the captain and crew of the MV Dream Master, the KAUST Coastal and Marine Resources Core Lab, A. Gusti (KAUST), and T.H. Sinclair-Taylor (KAUST). T.I.T. and R.A. gratefully acknowledge J.D. DiBattista (CURTIN) and P. Saenz-Agudelo (UACH) for their assistance at KAUST. This project was supported by funding from KAUST (award nos. URF/1/1389-01-01 and FCC/1/1973-07, and baseline research funds to M.L.B.).
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http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12526-017-0722-3
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Articles; Red Sea Research Center (RSRC); Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division

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dc.contributor.authorTerraneo, Tullia Isottaen
dc.contributor.authorArrigoni, Robertoen
dc.contributor.authorBenzoni, Francescaen
dc.contributor.authorTietbohl, Matthewen
dc.contributor.authorBerumen, Michael L.en
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-22T07:23:04Z-
dc.date.available2017-05-22T07:23:04Z-
dc.date.issued2017-05-19en
dc.identifier.citationTerraneo TI, Arrigoni R, Benzoni F, Tietbohl MD, Berumen ML (2017) Exploring the genetic diversity of shallow-water Agariciidae (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) from the Saudi Arabian Red Sea. Marine Biodiversity. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12526-017-0722-3.en
dc.identifier.issn1867-1616en
dc.identifier.issn1867-1624en
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s12526-017-0722-3en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/623690-
dc.description.abstractScleractinian corals ascribed to the family Agariciidae represent an important component of Red Sea coral reef fauna, though little genetic data are currently available for this group, and existing information shows polyphyly in the examined mesophotic taxa from the Pacific Ocean. In this work, we provide a first genetic survey of Agariciidae from the Saudi Arabian Red Sea, based on a collection of shallow-water material (<30 m) from the Gulf of Aqaba to the Farasan Islands. Two molecular markers were sequenced to infer morphospecies monophyly and relationships, the intergenic region between COI and 16S rRNA from mitochondrial DNA and the ribosomal ITS1 region from nuclear DNA. A total of 20 morphospecies were identified based on classical macromorphological characters. Six, namely Gardineroseris planulata, Pavona maldivensis, Pavona clavus, Pavona decussata, Leptoseris fragilis, and Leptoseris yabei, were resolved with both DNA loci. The molecular boundaries among the remaining 14 species remain unclear. Our results further confirm that the morphology-based taxonomy of most agariciid species is in disagreement with genetics. In order to disentangle the systematics of these taxa, the inclusion of more sampling locations, additional variable loci, and a micromophological approach are likely needed. Our genetic data represent a first step towards the comparison of biodiversity and connectivity between the Red Sea and the rest of the Indo-Pacific.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was undertaken in accordance with the policies and procedures of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Permissions relevant for KAUST to undertake the research have been obtained from the applicable governmental agencies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We wish to thank the captain and crew of the MV Dream Master, the KAUST Coastal and Marine Resources Core Lab, A. Gusti (KAUST), and T.H. Sinclair-Taylor (KAUST). T.I.T. and R.A. gratefully acknowledge J.D. DiBattista (CURTIN) and P. Saenz-Agudelo (UACH) for their assistance at KAUST. This project was supported by funding from KAUST (award nos. URF/1/1389-01-01 and FCC/1/1973-07, and baseline research funds to M.L.B.).en
dc.publisherSpringer Natureen
dc.relation.urlhttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12526-017-0722-3en
dc.rightsThe final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12526-017-0722-3en
dc.subjectCoralen
dc.subjectSystematicsen
dc.subjectBiodiversityen
dc.subjectIGRen
dc.subjectITSen
dc.subjectPhylogeneticsen
dc.subjectDNA taxonomyen
dc.titleExploring the genetic diversity of shallow-water Agariciidae (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) from the Saudi Arabian Red Seaen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Divisionen
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)en
dc.identifier.journalMarine Biodiversityen
dc.eprint.versionPost-printen
dc.contributor.institutionUMR ENTROPIE (IRD, Université de La Réunion, CNRS), Laboratoire d’Excellence–CORAIL, Centre IRD de Nouméa, New Caledonia, Noumea Cedex, New Caledoniaen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Biotechnologies and Biosciences, University of Milano—Bicocca, Milan, Italyen
kaust.authorTerraneo, Tullia Isottaen
kaust.authorArrigoni, Robertoen
kaust.authorTietbohl, Matthewen
kaust.authorBerumen, Michael L.en
kaust.grant.numberURF/1/1389-01-01en
kaust.grant.numberFCC/1/1973-07en
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