Polymorphism in gigantobacterial symbionts in the guts of surgeonfish (Acanthuridae: Teleostei)
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The morphology and partial cytology of a group of bacteria-related organisms from the guts of surgeonfish are described. These gigantobacteria symbionts are encountered in the guts of various species of this fish family throughout the Indo-Pacific region and the Red Sea. They have been tentatively grouped and placed in a “family”, Epulopiscidae, according to the first species described, Epulopiscium fishelsoni Montgomery and Pollak, 1988. In addition to a morphological comparison between the various forms from different species of surgeonfish, suggestions are presented with regard to their possible morphological diversification during evolutionary and host-species specificity.
KeywordsMorphological Comparison Fish Family Morphological Diversification
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