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Application of next-generation sequencing for the determination of the bacterial community in the gut contents of brackish copepod species (Acartia hudsonica, Sinocalanus tenellus, and Pseudodiaptomus inopinus)

Citation

Jo, Hyunbin (2021), Application of next-generation sequencing for the determination of the bacterial community in the gut contents of brackish copepod species (Acartia hudsonica, Sinocalanus tenellus, and Pseudodiaptomus inopinus), Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.66t1g1k1k

Abstract

The gut bacterial communities of copepods can affect metabolic processes, and consequently, their activity can be related to the release of organic substances to the environment. Hence, they are important for organic matter cycling in marine coast food webs. However, information regarding the variation in gut bacterial communities based on copepod species and environmental variations is limited. We analysed the differences in gut bacterial communities from dominant copepod species, i.e., Acartia hudsonica, Sinocalanus tenellus, and Pseudodiaptomus inopinus, in a brackish reservoir. The core bacteria among the copepod species and locations consisted of the following main operational taxonomic units (OTUs): Novosphingobium capsulatum and the family Rhodobacteraceae belonging to Alphaproteobacteria which is abundant in seawater and freshwater aquatic ecosystems as a zooplankton-associated bacterial community. The bacterial community composition of each copepod (except the core species) showed high variability. The bacterial community diversity differed depending on the copepod species and the sites’ environmental conditions, especially salinity, e.g. compositional variations in the bacterial community of P.inopinus were high at sites with low salinity. Therefore, the gut bacterial community of each copepod species responds differently to the environment.