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No correlation between microbiota composition and blood parameters in nesting flatback turtles (Natator depressus)

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posted on 2024-06-18, 20:48 authored by TF Scheelings, RJ Moore, TTH Van, Marcel KlaassenMarcel Klaassen, RD Reina
AbstractThe microbiota is considered critical for normal vertebrate homeostasis and it may exert its effects at a local level within the gastrointestinal tract, or systemically through the production of bacterial metabolites. To date, investigations into the role that the microbiota plays in reptile physiology are rare. To address this knowledge gap, we explored the relationship between differences in microbial communities to see if they accounted for differences in haematology and biochemistry values, in different populations of nesting flatback turtles (Natator depressus). We found that microbiota composition was not correlated to any of the blood analytes we measured in flatbacks. This study is the first of its kind in reptiles and highlights the need for further investigations to determine mechanisms by which the microbiota influences the physiology and health of reptiles.

History

Journal

Scientific Reports

Volume

10

Article number

ARTN 8333

Pagination

1 - 10

Location

England

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

2045-2322

eISSN

2045-2322

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal, C Journal article

Issue

1

Publisher

NATURE RESEARCH