2013
DOI: 10.1111/mec.12501
|View full text |Cite
|
Sign up to set email alerts
|

Convergence of gut microbiomes in myrmecophagous mammals

Abstract: Mammals have diversified into many dietary niches. Specialized myrmecophagous (ant-and termite-eating) placental mammals represent a textbook example of evolutionary convergence driven by extreme diet specialization. Armadillos, anteaters, aardvarks, pangolins and aardwolves thus provide a model system for understanding the potential role of gut microbiota in the convergent adaptation to myrmecophagy. Here, we expand upon previous mammalian gut microbiome studies by using high-throughput barcoded Illumina sequ… Show more

Help me understand this report

Search citation statements

Order By: Relevance

Paper Sections

Select...
2
1
1
1

Citation Types

16
268
3
1

Year Published

2016
2016
2019
2019

Publication Types

Select...
7

Relationship

0
7

Authors

Journals

citations
Cited by 267 publications
(288 citation statements)
references
References 89 publications
16
268
3
1
Order By: Relevance
“…As found previously [10][11][12]14], variation in taxonomic composition among wild Malagasy mammals was correlated with both host evolutionary history and diet, depending on the relatedness of the host species. Moreover, shared terrestriality, but not geographic distance between sampling sites, predicted microbiome similarity among distantly related hosts with divergent diets and digestive physiologies.…”
Section: Discussionsupporting
confidence: 76%
See 3 more Smart Citations
“…As found previously [10][11][12]14], variation in taxonomic composition among wild Malagasy mammals was correlated with both host evolutionary history and diet, depending on the relatedness of the host species. Moreover, shared terrestriality, but not geographic distance between sampling sites, predicted microbiome similarity among distantly related hosts with divergent diets and digestive physiologies.…”
Section: Discussionsupporting
confidence: 76%
“…We further compared these Malagasy mammalian gut microbiomes to those of 46 other mammal species among 13 host orders [10,12]. Bush pigs and cattle clustered with other members of Artiodactyla, lemurs with other primates, and fossa microbiomes with other carnivores (Fig.…”
Section: Gut Microbiome Relationships Mirror Host Phylogenymentioning
confidence: 99%
See 2 more Smart Citations
“…While foregut fermentation evolved separately in ungulates, rodents, marsupials, primates, and birds [30], the bacterial gut community of the hoatzin (the only avian foregut fermenter) is more similar to the gut community of a cow than it is to that of a chicken [32]. Ant and termite-eating vertebrates similarly show convergence of gut microbial communities; in this case, diet is probably the major influence [33]. Gut microbiomes are strongly influenced by both gut morphology and host diet, and distantly related hosts with similar diets tend to independently acquire organisms from the same bacterial phyla [31].…”
Section: Examples Of Convergent Interactionsmentioning
confidence: 99%