Comparative phylogeography of three host sea anemones in the Indo-Pacific
Giles, Emily C.
Nanninga, Gerrit B.
Hobbs, Jean-Paul A.
Frisch, Ashley J.
Mills, Suzanne C.
Berumen, Michael L.
KAUST DepartmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
Marine Science Program
Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Reef Ecology Lab
KAUST Grant NumberCRG-1-2012-BER-002
Online Publication Date2019-12-30
Print Publication Date2020-02
Embargo End Date2020-12-31
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/660912
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AbstractThe mutualistic relationship between anemones and anemonefishes is one of the most iconic examples of symbiosis. However, while anemonefishes have been extensively studied in terms of genetic connectivity, such information is lacking entirely for host sea anemones. Here, we provide the first information on the broad-scale population structure and phylogeographical patterns of three species of host sea anemone, Heteractis magnifica, Stichodactyla mertensii and Entacmaea quadricolor. We evaluate if there is concordance in genetic structure across several distinct biogeographical areas within the Indo-Pacific region and to what extent the observed patterns may concur with those found for anemonefishes.
CitationEmms, M. A., Saenz-Agudelo, P., Giles, E. C., Gatins, R., Nanninga, G. B., Scott, A., … Berumen, M. L. (2019). Comparative phylogeography of three host sea anemones in the Indo-Pacific. Journal of Biogeography. doi:10.1111/jbi.13775
SponsorsThis research was supported by the KAUST Office of Competitive Research Funds (OCRF) under Award No. CRG-1-2012-BER-002 and baseline research funds to M.L.B. We thank Dr. Vanessa Robitzch Sierra (Universidad Austral de Chile) for her generous help with the genetic analysis of the specimens. We also thank the staff at the Bioscience CORE laboratory at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology for their sequencing sup-port. Lastly, we are grateful to Dream Divers and many members of the Reef Ecology Lab at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, past and present, for their logistical support. All specimens from the Red Sea and Djibouti were obtained in ac-cordance with local regulations. For fieldwork in the Maldives conducted during the first Maldives Reef Biodiversity Workshop, we thank the University of Milano-Bicocca Marine Research and High Education Centre in Magoodhoo, the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture, Republic of Maldives and the community of Maghoodhoo, Faafu Atoll. Samples from the Maldives were col-lected under research permit OTHR30-D/INDIV/2014/185. Sampling at Papua New Guinea was undertaken under a research visa issued by the government of Papua New Guinea. Verbal per-missions were granted by Mrs. Cecilie Benjamin (Chair of the Board, Mahonia Na Dari Research and Conservation Centre, Kilu) and Mr. Thomas Koi (Village Elder and representative of the Local Marine Management). Samples collected from the Great Barrier Reef were permitted by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (permits G13/35980.1, P02/0025-4.0 and LHIMP/R/2014/001). Samples from Christmas Island were collected under exemption number 2087. Samples from Moorea (French Polynesia) were col-lected under permit N 1111/MCE/ENV issued by the Ministère de la Culture et de l ́Environnement.
JournalJournal of Biogeography