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Bacteria defend carrion from scavengers

TitleBacteria defend carrion from scavengers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsDayton PK, Oliver JS, Thrush S.F, Hammerstrom K
JournalAntarctic Science
Date Published2019/02
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0954-1020
Accession NumberWOS:000459031700003
KeywordsBeggiatoa/Thioploca bacteria; carcass; community; ecology; Environmental Sciences & Ecology; falls; Geology; mcmurdo sound; Physical Geography; Salmon Bay; Scavenging

Carrion in the form of dead seal pups and algal mats placed on soft bottom habitats at Explorers Cove and Salmon Bay, McMurdo Sound, attract scavenging invertebrates that are driven away by hydrogen sulphide produced by sulphate-reducing bacteria sequestered below a layer of Beggiatoa/Thioploca-like filamentous bacteria. This system is usually found for lipid-rich marine mammal carrion, but also occurred with natural algal mats.

Short TitleAntarct. Sci.
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