Environment and host species shape the skin microbiome of captive neotropical bats

Background A wide range of microorganisms inhabit animal skin. This microbial community (microbiome) plays an important role in host defense against pathogens and disease. Bats (Chiroptera: Mammalia) are an ecologically and evolutionarily diversified group with a relatively unexplored skin microbiom...

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Main Authors: Virginie Lemieux-Labonté, Nicolas Tromas, B. Jesse Shapiro, François-Joseph Lapointe
Format: Article
Published: PeerJ Inc. 2016-09-01
Online Access:https://peerj.com/articles/2430.pdf