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Molecular evidence for a diverse green algal community growing in the hair of sloths and a specific association with Trichophilus welckeri (Chlorophyta, Ulvophyceae)

Milla Suutari1, Markus Majaneva2, David P Fewer3, Bryson Voirin4, Annette Aiello5, Thomas Friedl6, Adriano G Chiarello7 and Jaanika Blomster1*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Environmental Sciences, P.O.Box 65, FIN-00014, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

2 Tvärminne Zoological Station, J.A. Palménin tie 260, FIN-10900 Hanko, Finland

3 Department of Food and Environmental Sciences, P.O. Box 66, FIN-00014, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

4 Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology, Schloß Möggingen, Schloßallee 2, 78315 Radolfzell, Germany

5 Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Apartado 0843-03092 Balboa, Ancon, Rep. Panama

6 Albrecht-von-Haller-Institut für Pflanzenwissenschaften, Abteilung Experimentelle Phykologie and Sammlung für Algenkulturen, Universität Göttingen, Untere Karspüle 2, 37073 Göttingen, Germany

7 Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Programa de pós-graduação em Zoologia de Vertebrados, Av. Dom José Gaspar 500, Prédio 41, Belo Horizonte, MG, CEP: 30.535-610, Brazil

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BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010, 10:86  doi:10.1186/1471-2148-10-86

Published: 30 March 2010

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Additional file 1:

Sloth sample collection details. Collection details of the sloth samples which sequence data was used in the study and the number of clones sequenced from each sample.

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Environmental sample collection details. Collection details of the environmental samples which sequence data was used in the study and the number of clones sequenced from each sample.

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Sequences belonging to a certain taxon with 97% similarity. Sequences belonging to a certain taxon with 97% similarity. The number in the first column refers to numbers at the arrowheads in Fig. 3c.

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Additional file 4:

Ulvophycean green algae in Fig. 4. Additional clones originated from sloth hairs and tree bark which were positioned within the Ulvophyceae in the phylogenetic analyses of Fig. 4.

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Sequences of the clades that were shown compressed in Fig. 4. Sequences of the clades which were shown compressed in Fig. 4.

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