Genetics shed light on symbiosis of anglerfish and glowing bacteria | Cornell Chronicle
Marlin and Dory are not impressed by the symbiotic relationship between an anglerfish and its bioluminescent bacteria (via Pixar/Disney). Deep-sea anglerfishes like Melanocetus johnsonii have interesting or anglerfish have a symbiotic relationship with bioluminescent bacteria that live within the are among the many deep sea fish that utilize this symbiotic relationship as an. An animal that makes its own light — the anglerfish, a member of the clade Lophiiformes while others, like the anglerfish, rely on the help of symbiotic bacteria.
The bacteria have lost most of the genes associated with making amino acids and breaking down nutrients other than glucose, suggesting the fish may be supplying the bacteria with nutrients and amino acids. At the same time, the bacteria have retained some genes that are useful in water outside the host.
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They have full pathways to make a flagellum, a corkscrew tail for moving in water. The bacteria had lost most of the genes involved in sensing chemical cues in the environment that may lead to food or other useful compounds, though a few remained, leaving a subset of chemicals they still respond to.
One explanation for why these bacteria might be undergoing evolution is that the fish once had an original bacterial symbiont and more recently acquired a new one. The researchers sequenced genomes of bioluminescent bacteria from two different species of anglerfish and found a different type of bacteria colonizing the bulb of each fish species.
The genomes showed large numbers of pseudogenes that are no longer functional, remnants of the original genome that will likely be lost over time. Both species of bacteria had the largest number of transposons mobile elements of DNA ever reported in a bacterial genome, each accounting for close to a third of their genomes.
Transposons move around the genome, insert themselves into other functional genes and make those sequences unfunctional.
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Since the bacterial genomes were different but each showed evidence of evolution taking place, the researchers concluded the evolution was happening independently in each lineage of bacteria.
The study was funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.
Male deep sea anglers are several magnitudes smaller in comparison to the female and seem to serve one purpose and that is to find a female and mate with her. He does this by permanently attaching himself to her becoming a parasite using her blood supply and nutrients.
After he has attached himself enzymes are released by the males which dissolve his organs except the testes, which supply the female with sperm. The evolutionary history of the deep sea angler is farm from understood as are many creatures that inhabit the depths of the oceans.
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Survival is by any means possible and the angler have certainly demonstrated that life is possible in very extreme environments. Bioluminescent symbionts of flashlight fishes and deep-sea anglerfishes form unique lineages related to the genus Vibrio. Taxonomy, Distribution and Osteology. Dimorphism, parasitism, and sex revisited: Ichthyological Research, 52, Marshall Deep Sea Anglerfish Bufoceratias wedli.