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Sperm-duct gland secretion of the grass goby Zosterisessor ophiocephalus exhibits antimicrobial activity

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The grass goby Zosterisessor ophiocephalus sperm-duct gland extract displayed antimicrobial activity against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. This suggests that sperm-duct gland mucins might be functional in protecting eggs and possibly parents from pathogens, an activity of great adaptive value for Z. ophiocephalus, which lays eggs in mud nests.

Keywords: Gobiidae; flexibacteriosis; parental care

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Biology, University of Padova, Via U. Bassi 58/B, 35131 Padova, Italy 2: Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Siena, Via A. Moro 2, 53100 Siena, Italy

Publication date: November 1, 2008

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