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Paralia (Bacillariophyta) stowaways in ship ballast: implications for biogeography and diversity of the genus.

MacGillivary ML, Kaczmarska I - J Biol Res (Thessalon) (2015)

Bottom Line: Frustule morphology did not segregate species, however, comparisons of sequence fragments and ITS2 secondary structures yielded a new species from North American waters, P. guyana (with four genodemes), and another widely-distributed species, P. marina.Despite this, as of 2009, P. marina was found only in Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, Canada.Second, genetic analysis readily segregated cryptic and semi-cryptic taxa of Paralia, highlighting the usefulness of the molecular approach to species recognition, e.g., in programs monitoring alien introductions.

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Affiliation: Department of Biology, Mount Allison University, 63B York Street, Sackville, NB E4L 1G7 Canada.

ABSTRACT

Background: The genus Paralia Heiberg is one of the most recognizable, widely distributed and commonly reported diatoms from contemporary coastal marine environments and ship ballast. Species discovery has historically been made in diatoms through the recognition of morphological discontinuities between specimens, first using light and later electron microscopy. However, recently, morphologically semi-cryptic species of Paralia were delineated using genetic analyses, among mostly tropical and subtropical sites.

Results: Ten morphological characters of the frustules and sequence fragments from the nuclear genome (conserved 18S regions of ribosomal RNA and the variable internal transcribed spacer [ITS]), and from the RuBisCo large subunit (rbcL) gene of the chloroplast genome were examined. Frustule morphology did not segregate species, however, comparisons of sequence fragments and ITS2 secondary structures yielded a new species from North American waters, P. guyana (with four genodemes), and another widely-distributed species, P. marina. The latter was lecto- and epitypified here because it is most similar to specimens in the type preparation BM1021 representing Smith's concept of the species. Paralia marina and certain genodemes of P. guyana were morphologically cryptic. Only those genodemes of P. guyana that possess prickly separation valves could be morphologically distinguished from P. marina with relative confidence in SEM preparations. All clones established from chains isolated from the ballast sediment of the ships sailing along the Atlantic coast of North America belonged to P. guyana. All DNA sequences of preserved Paralia chains recovered from the three trans-Atlantic voyages (TAVs) samples arriving to eastern Canada from Europe shared 100% identity with P. marina.

Conclusion: First, if the [Formula: see text] = 130592 P. marina cells per ballast tank at the end of the TAVs represents their abundance in ballast tanks of similar crossings and following mid-ocean ballast water exchange, then this diatom, if de-ballasted, exerts a strong and continued propagule pressure on Eastern Canadian coasts. Despite this, as of 2009, P. marina was found only in Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, Canada. Second, genetic analysis readily segregated cryptic and semi-cryptic taxa of Paralia, highlighting the usefulness of the molecular approach to species recognition, e.g., in programs monitoring alien introductions.

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Distribution ofParaliaspecies recovered in this study and in MacGillivary and Kaczmarska [6,10]. Inserts show hotspots of species richness. Leftmost is Vancouver Island, Canada and rightmost is Cape Breton Island, Canada. Leader lines to inserts emanate from original location on world map. P. marina, specimens collected from natural waters are denoted as ‘site’ while those collected on trans-Atlantic voyages are denoted as ‘TAVs’.
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Fig9: Distribution ofParaliaspecies recovered in this study and in MacGillivary and Kaczmarska [6,10]. Inserts show hotspots of species richness. Leftmost is Vancouver Island, Canada and rightmost is Cape Breton Island, Canada. Leader lines to inserts emanate from original location on world map. P. marina, specimens collected from natural waters are denoted as ‘site’ while those collected on trans-Atlantic voyages are denoted as ‘TAVs’.

Mentions: Distribution: Paralia marina was the most widely distributed species of the Paralia taxa examined in this study: five sites throughout Europe and one site in Uruguay, New Zealand and eastern Canada (Table 1, Figure 9). In addition, chains of P. marina was recovered throughout all three TAVs (96% of total cells encountered) with an average propagule size of 192 cells l−1 on the final day of each TAV.Figure 9


Paralia (Bacillariophyta) stowaways in ship ballast: implications for biogeography and diversity of the genus.

MacGillivary ML, Kaczmarska I - J Biol Res (Thessalon) (2015)

Distribution ofParaliaspecies recovered in this study and in MacGillivary and Kaczmarska [6,10]. Inserts show hotspots of species richness. Leftmost is Vancouver Island, Canada and rightmost is Cape Breton Island, Canada. Leader lines to inserts emanate from original location on world map. P. marina, specimens collected from natural waters are denoted as ‘site’ while those collected on trans-Atlantic voyages are denoted as ‘TAVs’.
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Fig9: Distribution ofParaliaspecies recovered in this study and in MacGillivary and Kaczmarska [6,10]. Inserts show hotspots of species richness. Leftmost is Vancouver Island, Canada and rightmost is Cape Breton Island, Canada. Leader lines to inserts emanate from original location on world map. P. marina, specimens collected from natural waters are denoted as ‘site’ while those collected on trans-Atlantic voyages are denoted as ‘TAVs’.
Mentions: Distribution: Paralia marina was the most widely distributed species of the Paralia taxa examined in this study: five sites throughout Europe and one site in Uruguay, New Zealand and eastern Canada (Table 1, Figure 9). In addition, chains of P. marina was recovered throughout all three TAVs (96% of total cells encountered) with an average propagule size of 192 cells l−1 on the final day of each TAV.Figure 9

Bottom Line: Frustule morphology did not segregate species, however, comparisons of sequence fragments and ITS2 secondary structures yielded a new species from North American waters, P. guyana (with four genodemes), and another widely-distributed species, P. marina.Despite this, as of 2009, P. marina was found only in Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, Canada.Second, genetic analysis readily segregated cryptic and semi-cryptic taxa of Paralia, highlighting the usefulness of the molecular approach to species recognition, e.g., in programs monitoring alien introductions.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Biology, Mount Allison University, 63B York Street, Sackville, NB E4L 1G7 Canada.

ABSTRACT

Background: The genus Paralia Heiberg is one of the most recognizable, widely distributed and commonly reported diatoms from contemporary coastal marine environments and ship ballast. Species discovery has historically been made in diatoms through the recognition of morphological discontinuities between specimens, first using light and later electron microscopy. However, recently, morphologically semi-cryptic species of Paralia were delineated using genetic analyses, among mostly tropical and subtropical sites.

Results: Ten morphological characters of the frustules and sequence fragments from the nuclear genome (conserved 18S regions of ribosomal RNA and the variable internal transcribed spacer [ITS]), and from the RuBisCo large subunit (rbcL) gene of the chloroplast genome were examined. Frustule morphology did not segregate species, however, comparisons of sequence fragments and ITS2 secondary structures yielded a new species from North American waters, P. guyana (with four genodemes), and another widely-distributed species, P. marina. The latter was lecto- and epitypified here because it is most similar to specimens in the type preparation BM1021 representing Smith's concept of the species. Paralia marina and certain genodemes of P. guyana were morphologically cryptic. Only those genodemes of P. guyana that possess prickly separation valves could be morphologically distinguished from P. marina with relative confidence in SEM preparations. All clones established from chains isolated from the ballast sediment of the ships sailing along the Atlantic coast of North America belonged to P. guyana. All DNA sequences of preserved Paralia chains recovered from the three trans-Atlantic voyages (TAVs) samples arriving to eastern Canada from Europe shared 100% identity with P. marina.

Conclusion: First, if the [Formula: see text] = 130592 P. marina cells per ballast tank at the end of the TAVs represents their abundance in ballast tanks of similar crossings and following mid-ocean ballast water exchange, then this diatom, if de-ballasted, exerts a strong and continued propagule pressure on Eastern Canadian coasts. Despite this, as of 2009, P. marina was found only in Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, Canada. Second, genetic analysis readily segregated cryptic and semi-cryptic taxa of Paralia, highlighting the usefulness of the molecular approach to species recognition, e.g., in programs monitoring alien introductions.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus