Department of Biology

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Peter Funch

Two types of endosymbiotic bacteria in the enigmatic marine worm Xenoturbella

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  • Department of Biological Sciences, Genetics and Ecology
  • Department of Biological Sciences, Microbiology
  • Center for Geomicrobiology
Two types of endosymbiotic bacteria were identified in the gastrodermis of the marine invertebrate Xenoturbella bocki (Xenoturbellida, Bilateria). While previously described Chlamydia-like endosymbionts were rare, Gammaproteobacteria distantly related to other endosymbionts and pathogens were abundant. The endosymbionts should be considered when interpreting the poorly understood ecology and evolution of Xenoturbella.
Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Pages (from-to)2657-2662
Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Research areas

  • symbiosis, marine invertebrate, Deuterostomia, Chlamydiales

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