The microbiome of the Red Sea coral Stylophora pistillata is dominated by tissue-associated Endozoicomonas bacteria
T. Bayer, M.J. Neave, A. Alsheikh-Hussain, M. Aranda, L.K. Yum, T. Mincer, K. Hughen, A. Apprill, C.R. Voolstra
Applied Environmental Microbiology, vol. 79, no. 15, 4759-62, (2013)
Endozoicomonas bacteria were found highly associated with the coral Stylophora pistillata, and these bacteria are also ubiquitously associated with diverse corals worldwide. Novel Endozoicomonas-specific probes revealed that Endozoicomonas bacteria were abundant in the endodermal tissues of S. pistillata and appear to have an intimate relationship with the coral.
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