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Production of specific pathogen-free larvae from genetically characterized populations of Anadara tuberculosa (Bivalvia), for stock enhancement and aquaculture in the Peru Northeast Biosphere Reserve.


The pustulose ark Anadara tuberculosa (Mollusca, Bivalvia) is distributed from the Gulf of California in Mexico to the Tumbes region in northern Peru (Baqueiro et al., 1982). Natural banks of this species develop in muddy sediments, in particular around the roots of the red mangrove, Rhizophora mangle (Camacho, 1999). This ark is a symbolic species of the eastearn Pacific mangrove ecosystem that has been ancestrally collected by coastal populations as a staple food, and that is still consumed for traditional meals in several tropical Latin American countries. Extraction is an essential activity for numerous families whose economy relies on A. tuberculosa trade. Most of the natural stocks of A. tuberculosa are vulnerable, and some populations are close to collapse in several countries (Lucero et al., 2012; Mora et al., 2011). In Peru, the A. tuberculosa population of Tumbes region has been reduced by 6.4 fold between 1988 and 2008 in unprotected mangrove areas as well as in the protected area of the National Sanctuary Mangrove of Tumbes (NSMT) (Vivar, 1996; Ordinola et al., 2010). The diminution of A. tuberculosa population is attributed to overexploitation and habitat degradation, but could also result from covert mortalities due to infectious diseases (Gaffney, 2006).

Recuperation strategies generally rely on quota implementation with, on the one hand, permanent collection restrictions based on animal minimum size limits and, on the other hand, occasional collection prohibitions during reproductive seasons to recover depleted aquatic animal stocks. Such regulations are more or less respected and are complicated by their economic consequences for fishers. Another strategy component for retrieving aquatic animal stocks is based on habitat restoration (McCay et al., 2003).

Strategy for restocking and enhancing stocks of natural aquatic populations has also been focused on the mass release of hatchery-produced animals (Bell et al., 2005; Arnold et al., 2005; Arnold, 2008). Such a strategy is attractive for aquatic species, in particular, mollusks, considering their extremely high fecundity and the subsequent possibility to produce in hatchery millions of spat from a numerically limited wild broodstock. However, serious concerns are related to such a strategy, in particular for preventing infectious diseases that could be vertically transmitted and then quickly sprayed from hatchery to the field and for maintaining population genetic diversity that could be rapidly reduced from numerically limited broodstock. The proper management of these pathology and genetics concerns is a priority for successful mollusk stock enhancement and/or new species aquaculture programs.

For several decades, mollusk cultures all around the world have suffered numerous outbreaks caused by infectious diseases with severe productive and socioeconomic losses. Such problems result from the lack of preventive consideration for contagious diseases related to several types of pathogens, in particular, some highly pathogenic protozoans, bacteria, rickettsia and viruses (Berthe, 2005; Powell & Hofman, 2015; Guo & Ford, 2016). These mollusk's infectious microorganisms may be vertically or horizontally transmissible from asymptomatic infected broodstocks to their larvae (Arzul et al., 2010; Lopez-Sanmartin et al., 2016).

For stock enhancement or aquaculture programs, such a pathogen transmission risk must be prevented through pathogen free certification of broodstock in the hatchery. Considering the lack of information on infectious diseases for non-cultivated mollusk species like A. tuberculosa, a first approach would rely on specific pathogen-free certification (SPF) of broodstock considering in priority the various pathogens identified in other bivalve species, such those listed by the OIE (International Office of Epizootics).

Shellfish hatchery-reared larvae may lead to reduced genetic diversity, resulting from a limited number of brooders and/or to higher fitness of some genotypes in artificial culture conditions. Genetic diversity is a crucial component for population adaptive response to environmental conditions and long-term viability of aquaculture or stock enhancement programs. Consequently, the production and release of hatchery-reared larvae must be performed considering the management of genetic diversity at intra- and interpopulation levels. Such considerations have been reviewed with three major genetic concerns relevant to shellfish restoration projects (Gaffney, 2006; Lallias et al., 2010). The broodstock must be identified and selected by genetic characterizations of all the populations in the geographical area of the species. The genetic variability intra- and interpopulation must be conserved as high as possible, and as representative as possible of the different populations to avoid inbreeding or genetic drifts. The actual impact of hatchery-propagated spat introduction on the wild populations must be assessed.

Given all these concerns, suitable and reliable genetic markers are necessary for the proper management of the native genetic pool. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) cytochrome c oxidase subunit I gene (COI) has been successfully used for characterizing interspecific and intraspecific variability in different mollusks, in particular for arks shells in Asia (Cho et al., 2007; Chee et al., 2011a; Feng et al., 2011; Tanaka & Aranishi, 2013, 2014, 2016), and was thus applied to characterize Anadara tuberculosa population genetic structure within the NSMT.

The production of A. tuberculosa spat in hatchery has been achieved firstly by Robles-Mungaray (1999) with conditioned brooders. Successful seed production has also been reported later by the Centro de Desarrollo de la Pesca y la Acuicultura (CENDEPESCA) (Vasquez et al., 2009). However, these productions have not yet considered the pathology and genetic concerns previously explained.

The present project has been aiming at the development of methodologies for sustainable spat production as a crucial step towards the implementation of an effective conservation strategy for A. tuberculosa, fostering alternatives to extraction through social aquaculture and stock enhancement.

The project herein described rested on three core components, integrating A. tuberculosa spat production with pathogen-free certification and population genetic characterization.


Wild animals

Animals were collected from September 2010 to March 2011 by certified extractors within the area of the National Sanctuary Mangrove of Tumbes (NSMT), located from Boca de Capones and International Channel (3[degrees]18'S) to Playa Hermosa (3[degrees]35'S), and 80[degrees]13'08"W to 80[degrees]31'53"W (Zarumilla, Peru). Five to 10% of the animals from each batch were sacrificed to evaluate the state of gonadal maturation and to select batches with the highest proportion of ripe animals. The animals were transported to the laboratory, washed and placed into fiberglass tanks. They were then placed in suspended baskets with clean water for 24 h without food to empty their stomach contents from waste.

For genetic analysis, animals of any size were sampled at 7 extraction sites: Z1) La Abeja 3[degrees]25'S, 80[degrees]16'W, Z2) Chorro de la Almeja 3[degrees]24'S, 80[degrees]18'W, Z3) El Habilitado 3[degrees]25'S, 80[degrees]17'W, Z4) La Chalaquera 3[degrees]25'S, 80[degrees]16'W, Z5) Corral de los Coches 3[degrees]25'S, 80[degrees]15'W, Z6) Nacupillal 3[degrees]25'S, 80[degrees]15'W, Z7) Las Agujillas 3[degrees]25'S, 80[degrees]13'W, and tissues were collected the same day for analysis.

Spat production

Egg spawning and larval rearing were realized at Marinazul's hatchery (3[degrees]54'S, 80[degrees]52'W). Maturation of broodstock and induction of gamete emission were performed considering information published by Helm et al. (2004) and Vasquez et al. (2009). Thermal shock induced gametes emission with a gradual temperature increase (+5[degrees]C). When animals started to spawn or ejaculate, they were transferred individually into 1 L recipients where they finished gametes emission. Gametes were easily identified by their color, with white sperms and orange ova being mixed for fertilization. Fertilized eggs were kept in aerated tanks to continue larval rearing.

Swimming D larvae were manually harvested and placed in cylindroconical tanks at five larvae m[L.sup.-1]. The tanks were drained daily or at intervals of one day. The temperature was kept between 24-29[degrees]C and salinity was kept at 35. A feeding with microalgae was supplied immediately after water changes. Several complementary feedings had permitted to maintain constant food availability. Diets during the first days were based on the flagellated microalgae Isochrysis galvana and Pavlova lutherii. From the third day, Chaetoceros calcitrans and Chaetoceros gracilis were included in the diet to reach a rate of 60% gradually.

When larvae exhibit settlement behavior, they were transferred in the black cylindrical settlement at a density of 100 [cm.sup.-2] without substrate until the metamorphosis. The settled larvae were fed with an increasing quantity of microalgae that must be regularly monitored to verify feed availability until they can be harvested (about 1 mm shell length) by scraping the tank bottom delicately. The harvested spats were placed in baskets suspended in black cylindrical tanks (500 L) until they reach a 4-5 mm size that is suitable for transfer for aquaculture or stock enhancement experiments.

Samples collection

The samples for microbiological or DNA analysis were obtained from different methods and tissues according to the purpose. After collection from the NSMT, healthy Anadara tuberculosa brooders were brushed to eliminate attached material and placed in 1 L plastic box filled with filtered seawater. After 4 to 12 h, feces were collected using a 1 mL disposable pipette. Thus, brooder's blood was aseptically collected by inserting a 25 gauge needle attached to a 1 mL syringe directly into the posterior adductor muscle. Blood was mix v/v with 10% sodium citrate as an anticoagulant. For moribund broodstock, the animals were carefully opened and samples of gills, mantle or digestive gland were excised. All tissues were deposited in 2 mL microcentrifuge tubes and directly processed. Larvae were obtained by filtering with a mesh size according to the larval stage and washed three times with sterile saline solution (0.2%). Biofilm sample was collected from the tank surface by removing the biofilm with sterile saline water, detached with a sterile cotton swab and suspended in sterile saline solution.

DNA extraction

For molecular analysis, total genomic DNA was individually extracted from approximately 100 mg of tissue that could be spats, gill, and mantle, digestive gland, blood or feces according to the purpose (Table 1) using a standard CTAB protocol (Folmer et al., 1994).

Microbiological analyses

Bacterial isolation was performed from moribund larvae or brooders 'blood'. Bacteria were isolated and purified using TSA and Cetrimide mediums enriched with 2% NaCl and TCBS. Plates were incubated for 18 to 24 h at 28[degrees]C, all phenotypically distinguishable colonies were picked, and additionally, about 2-4 per plates were randomly selected to isolate as many different strains as possible. The streaking method and purity realized Gram coloration assessed the purification process. The purification process was repeated until obtaining pure colonies and then cultivated in LB supplemented with 2% NaCl. Pure strains were identified based on their sequences of the 16S rRNA gene as described by Guisande et al. (2004). Briefly, 16S rRNA was partially amplified using 27F and 1492R primers (Table 1). PCR products were sequenced using internals primers 518F and 800R at Macrogen Inc. (USA). Only high-quality sequences were used to reconstitute the 16S rRNA sequences which were then compared with GeneBank entries using BlastN to identify bacterial genus. The classifi-cation level was attributed as cording to their respective match with the database; species; 99-100%, Genus; 97-98%, family; 95-96%.

Pathological analyses

Pathological analyses were performed on samples of moribund spats and adults, but also healthy adults and their offspring. Molecular biology diagnostics were realized using both primers and protocols recommended by the OIE for the detection of various pathogens of bivalves such as Bonamia exitiosa, Bonamia ostreae, Marteilia refringens, Perkinsus marinus, Perkinsus olseni, OSHV1[micro]var or others specially designed in this study (Table 1). PCR controls assays were performed using primers specific for the COI gene for checking the quality of extracted DNA and the reagents (Table 1).

For OIE's recommended primers, diagnostic protocols were performed as detailed by their authors (Table 1). In the case of primers designed in this study, reactions were realized in a final volume of 50 [micro]L, using the Platinum Taq DNA Polymerase kit (Invitrogen) and following supplier recommendations with the addition of Bovine serum albumin (0.04X). The PCR reactions were carried out under the following conditions: an initial denaturation for 5 min at 95[degrees]C, then 35 cycles of denaturation for 30 s at 94[degrees]C, annealing for 45 s at their respective temperature (Table 1), followed by extension for 1 min at 72[degrees]C and a final extension step of 7 min at 72[degrees]C. When possible, primers for nested PCR assays were designed to increase the sensibility of the diagnostic.

Population genetic analyses

For COI amplification, primers used were as proposed by Folmer et al. (1994). PCR was performed in a total volume of 50 [micro]L including 1.5 U High fidelity Platinium Taq DNA polymerase (Invitrogen), 100 ng template DNA, 20 pmol of forward and reverse primers (LCO 1490 and HCO 2198), 0.2 mM of each dNTP, 1X PCR buffer and 1.5 mM Mg[Cl.sub.2]. The PCR reaction was carried out under the following conditions: an initial denaturation for 5 min at 95[degrees]C, then 35 cycles of denaturation for 30 s at 94[degrees]C, annealing for 45 s at 50[degrees]C, followed by extension for 1 min at 72[degrees]C and a final extension step of 7 min at 72[degrees]C. PCR amplicons were sent to sequencing at Macrogen Inc. (USA). Sequences were edited with the software Mega5 (Tamura et al, 2013) and aligned by Muscle (Edgar, 2004).

Genealogical relationships among different haplotypes were investigated by applying maximum parsimony as implemented in TCS software (Clement et al., 2000). Haplotype (gene) diversity was calculated as in Nei (1987), by equations 8.4 but replacing 2n by n. Nucleotide diversity (Nei, 1987), the average number of nucleotide differences per site between two sequences ([pi]), was also calculated. Haplotype and nucleotide diversities were estimated by using DnaSP v.5.10.01 (Librado & Rozas, 2009).


Reproduction and spat production

From August 2010 to January 2011, 463 animals between 30 and 62 mm length were collected in the protected area of NSMT and kept in the hatchery as previously described. Gamete emission was successfully induced for 55 females and 54 males, i.e., 23.5% of the selected animals. Gametes recovered from these animals permitted to obtain 27 million of D larvae at 48 h after fertilization that means an average of 470,940 larvae D per female. The culture from planktonic trochophore stage to semi benthonic pediveliger stage lasted from 14 to 18 days at 25[degrees]C and 12 to 16 days at 29[degrees]C, and lead to the obtaining of 17.2 million of pediveliger larvae (64% survival).

The recovered pediveliger larvae were seeded at a density of 100 per c[m.sup.2] and cultivated 20 to 25 days to obtain 0.6 to 1 mm spat. Survival from pediveliger larvae to spat ranged between 4 and 25% with an average of 11.8% and a total number of 1,932,000 spats.


Infectious pathology has been considered, on the one hand, as a crucial component of broodstock and spat certification for the production of pathogen-free spats permitting reliable aquaculture or stock enhancement operations and, on the other hand, to identify opportunistic and pathogenic bacteria present in a hatchery that could affect production.

PCR diagnostics were performed on the recommended tissue by the OIE, respectively gill and mantle (Bonamia spp., Perkinsus spp. and malacoherpesvirus) or digestive gland (Marteilia refringens) for moribund animals (21 individuals) and blood (Bonamia spp., Perkinsus spp. and malacoherpesvirus), and feces (Marteilia refringens, Perkinsus spp.) for healthy mollusks (60 individuals). All led to negative results. Similarly, all PCR analyses realized with homogenates of six healthy spat batches and three moribund spat batches (10-15 individuals per sample) were negative. In all the cases, amplicons were obtained for the PCR positive controls with primers specific of COI gene that showed the quality of extracted DNAs and reagents.

Putatively pathogenic bacteria have been isolated from moribund adults and larvae during a mortality event that occurred in January 2011. In this outbreak, the presence of a pinkish biofilm has been noticed at the bottom of larval tanks and the tissue from moribund larvae also exhibited the same pinkish color (Fig. 1).

Blood samples from eight moribund adults were collected along with pink D larvae and biofilm. A total of 36 bacterial strains were isolated; four from biofilm samples, eight from D larvae and 24 from adults (Table 2). Those strains were grouped in five clusters by their 16SrRNA sequences where Vibrio and Pseudomonas genus were dominant. Microbiological analysis indicated that the pink biofilm observed in tanks with moribund adults and pink spat was related to the presence of Pseudomonas. Such pink biofilm was also seen in rearing tanks with moribund larvae and juveniles of the whiteleg shrimp Penaeus vannamei within the hatchery during this study.

A single strain, CNLS1P, has been isolated from the pink biofilm and was identified as Pseudomonas sp. (based on 99% percentage of similarity with Pseudomonas 16SRNAr JN684003.1 sequence in Genbank). This strain has also been found on infected D larvae.

Samples extracted from blood samples of moribund Anadara tuberculosa showed a higher bacterial diversity and six genetically distinct strains had been isolated. Interestingly, the same Pseudomonas strains CNLS1P was found in all blood samples. Another distinct Pseudomonas strain CNAs10 was also identified but could be found only in one adult. Additionally, four different members of the Vibrionaceae family were isolated, with the strains CNLS2V that was also found on D larvae. Strains CNLS2V and CNAs4 closest match belonged to Vibrio genus but with only 96% of similarity and were thus classified as Vibrionaceae. Two additional strains were identified as Vibrio shilonii CNAV11 and Vibrio shilonii CNAV2 with 99% correspondence.

Population genetic analyses

In this study, we have evaluated A. tuberculosa population diversity based on their COI gene. Data were obtained from 111 animals collected in seven areas of the NSMT. All sequences obtained were processed by Blast (NCBI) and showed 99 to 100% homology with the A. tuberculosa COI reference sequence. Of the 111 sequences, 39 haplotypes were identified. Haplotype and nucleotide diversity are reported in Table 3. Overall haplotype diversity was 0.898 (standard deviation, SD = 0.021). Haplotype diversity ranged from 0.826 [+ or -] 0.073 (Z2) to 0.958 [+ or -] 0.036 (Z7). These two locations also exhibited lower and higher nucleotide diversity ([pi] = 0.004 [+ or -] 0.001 for Z2, and 0.008 [+ or -] 0.001 for Z7).

Figure 2 represents genealogical relationships between the 39 haplotypes of A. tuberculosa from the NSMT. The size of circles and square is proportional to the frequency of the haplotype.

Some haplotypes were more prevalent than others, such as haplotype 1 (31 ind), 26 (13 ind), 13 (7 ind), 17, 28 and 33 (6 ind each), that represent 27.9%, 11.7%, 6.3%, and 5.4%, respectively, of the total population. According to Clement et al (2000), for its high frequency, haplotype 1 could be considered the "ancestor" haplotype. Also, it is the only haplotype found in all areas, with a rate varying from 6.25 (Z7) to 40.0% (Z2). 44.7% of haplotypes were found only in a single site, with Z6 being the more diverse site (61.5%) and Z3 the lesser one (28.6%).


Spat production

In this study, brooders with sizes between 45-60 mm were successfully induced to spawn by a progressive heat shock. Spawning prevalence (23.5%) and D larvae produced per female (470,000) were lower than those reported by Vasquez et al. (2009) with 40% and 2-3 billion D larvae, probably due to the bigger size of their brooders (50-80 mm). Such sizes are nowadays almost inexistent in the NSMT due to overexploitation.


Hatchery produced shellfish larvae may lead to reduced genetic diversity resulting from the utilization of a limited number of brooders and to higher fitness of some genotypes in artificial culture conditions. Genetic diversity is a crucial component for populations' adaptive response to environmental conditions and long-term viability of aquaculture or stock enhancement programs. Consequently, the production and release of hatchery-reared larvae must be performed considering the management of genetic diversity at intra- and interpopulation levels. In this study, we used the mtCOI gene as a barcoding marker for the evaluation of Anadara tuberculosa genetic diversity in the NSMT.

Results indicate that the NSMT population presents a very high level of haplotype diversity which is essential considering the limited size of the sampled area (10 linear km between the two farthest extraction points). The star-like shape of the TCS network and the shallow length of branches (the maximum distance between the ancestor haplotype and the most divergent haplotype corresponds to only seven nucleotides) would suggest a recent population expansion (Clement et al., 2000). As a point of comparison, haplotype diversity of A. tuberculosa from the NSMT was higher (36.7 vs 28.5%) than the genetic diversity reported for the same species extracted from Narino region (Colombia) by Chamorro & Rosero (2016) or from Anadara granosa from Malaysia (14.7%) (Chee et al., 2011b).

The extension of A. tuberculosa genetic study to other South American population would help to gain information on intraspecific genetic flow and would help to understand the poorly understood patterns of larval dispersion of this bivalve. Research in this regard has started, indicating the importance of oceanic currents and palaeoclimatic events in shaping patterns of genetic variation of the species (Diringer et al., 2019). This information would have significant implications for fishery management, conservation, translocation policies for aquaculture and stock enhancement programs.


Diseases are a primary threat to mollusk aquaculture growth and sustainability, to the extreme that some have led that rearing activity stopped and that natural stocks have been decimated (Guo & Ford, 2015). Like for other invertebrates, such as shrimp, transfers of hatchery-produced larvae to grow-out areas are probably crucial in disease dissemination. Nevertheless, hatchery productions may also be a way to provide disease-free juveniles and therefore be a critical tool to prevent the transfer of infected stocks to disease-free areas. In that sense, the present work relies on early molecular diagnostic to avoid disease transmission. Such a strategy is nowadays common in other aquaculture activity such as shrimp farming (Lo et al., 1998; Motte et al., 2003). Despite the fact that A. tuberculosa rearing is an emerging activity and that no infectious pathogen has been documented, early disease diagnostic is justified because: 1) three OIE listed pathogens are present in Latin America (Cremonte et al., 2005; Wetchateng, 2008), 2) other ark species are known to be infected by Perkinsus species (Goggin & Baker, 1993) or OsHV1 (Xia et al., 2015).

During this study, mortalities have happened during culture, but none could have been associated with one of the infectious disease sought by molecular diagnostic in either broodstock or spats. However, microbiological analyses revealed the presence of some cultivable bacterial pathogens, in particular, a Pseudomonas sp. and Vibrionaceae strains during outbreaks in both larvae and broodstock.

Members of the genus Pseudomonas have been occasionally described as pathogens for bivalve larvae, (Brown, 1973, 1981; Lodeiros et al., 1992; Romalde et al., 2014), but were generally co-isolated with representatives of the genus Vibrio that have been frequently incriminated to cause important losses in hatcheries and in native populations (Travers et al., 2015; Petton et al., 2015; Dubert et al., 2017). Nevertheless, it is often difficult to distinguish between pathogenic bacteria and the native microbiome of the bivalve. In fact, Vibrio species predominate in the cultivable microbiota in bivalves (Garnier et al., 2007; Romalde et al., 2014) and arks (Kueh & Chan, 1985; Bilung et al., 2005; Ahmad et al., 2014; Sanchez et al., 2015), while Pseudomonas is also commonly found in arks (Romanenko et al., 2008; Ahmad et al., 2014). In this study, the presence of Pseudomonas sp. strain CNLS1P was correlated with the presence of a pink biofilm and significant mortalities in all spat and adult samples which suggest its implication with those outbreaks. Also, no ubiquitous strain of Vibrio or Vibrionaceae could be identified as it is the case with the CNLS1P strain. Experimental infection realized per os or by injection on healthy adults of Anadara tuberculosa and Penaeus vannamei juveniles indicates that this Pseudomonas strain is particularly pathogenic to both organisms with or without association with Vibrio species (data not shown).

All isolated strains were molecularly characterized by sequencing their 16SRNAr gene which is considered as the gold standard for phylogenetic analysis of bacteria (Klindworth et al., 2012). Nevertheless, few strains were able to be identified to the species level, and two strains were only classified at the family level (CNAs4 and CNLS2V as Vibrionaceae). Multilocus sequence analyses (MLSA) could be realized for further genetic discrimination within Vibrios' clades (Travers et al., 2015). The use of next-generation sequencing tools to study the metagenome of bivalves' native or pathogenic bacteria appears also as an interesting option, with the possibility to detect cultivable, co-cultivable and uncultivable strains (King et al., 2012; Trabal et al., 2012; Wegner et al., 2013; Wendling et al., 2014), in particular by characterizing bivalves' microbial composition following experimental infection with Vibrio sp. (Lockmer & Wegner, 2015).


This project, developed in the particular context of a biosphere reserve, aimed to pave the way for the sustainable production of spats of the pustulose ark, for aquaculture and stock enhancement purposes, considering three components: 1) spat output by classical aquaculture/biotechnology methods, 2) early pathology diagnostic so that vertical and horizontal disease transmission could be prevented or at least diagnosed, and 3) pustulose ark' genetic diversity estimation in order to perform responsible genetic management.

The results presented in this study have shown the feasibility to produce specific disease-free spat and also highlighted the relatively high genetic diversity of natural populations from the NSMT.

Altogether, this work illustrates the need to integrate classical biotechnologies with modern molecular biotechnology and offers a model for future stock enhancement strategies. The sustainability of such projects will require building collaborations among government institutions, environmental groups, aquaculture private-sector and the scientific community.


The authors would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their helpful and constructive comments that greatly contributed to improving the final version of this manuscript. This research was funded by the FINCyT (assignment N[degrees]71-FINCYT-PITEI-2010), the Concytec (assignment 132-2015-FONDECYT) and with private funds from MEDA, Marinazul, Inversiones Silma, Incabiotec, and Concepto Azul. B.D. was supported by a scholarship from the Franco Peruvian School of Life Sciences.


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Benoit Diringer (1,7), Violeta Moreno (2), Krizia Pretell (3), Ricardo Avellan (4), Melanie Sahuquet (1,7) Ritchie Vasquez (5), Gabriele Gentile (6) & Eric Mialhe (1,4)

(1) INCA'BIOTEC SAC, Tumbes, Peru

(2) MARINAZUL S.A., La Victoria, Lima, Peru

(3) MDA Subsidiary Lima, Peru

(4) Concepto Azul, Guayaquil, Ecuador

(5) Inversiones SILMA SAC, Tumbes, Peru

(6) Department of Biology, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy

(7) EPHE, CEDI, UMR DGIMI 1333, Universite Montpellier 2, Montpellier, France

Corresponding author: Benoit Diringer (

Corresponding editor: Sandra Bravo

Received: 20 August 2018; Accepted: 19 April 2019

DOI: 10.3856/vol47-issue3-fulltext-16
Table 1. List of primers and target tissue, used in this study for
molecular analysis. Primers in bold are used as a Nested or semi Nested
PCR primers.

Target              Primer       Sequence

ITS of              PerkITS-85   CCGCTTTGTTTGGATCCC
Perkinsus marinus   PerkrrS-750  ACATCAGGCCTTCTAATGATG11111
Perkinstis olseni   Pk-rrS-Fw1   AAAACGAAATTCCAAACTCTCAAC
Perkinsus spp.      Pk-rrS-Rev1  GTGCAAACCGACAAGCGTG
                    Pk-ITS-Fw2   ATATCAGTGTCGCTCTTCTTCCC
                    Pk-ITS-Rev1  GTGCAAACCGACAAGCGTG
SSU of              Bo           CATTTAATTGGTCGGGCCGC
Bonamia exitiosa,   BoAs         CTGATCGTCTTCGATCCCCC
Bonainia ostreae    CF           CGGGGGCATAATTCAGGAAC
Bonamia spp.        CR           CCATC TGC1GG AG AC AC AG
                    CF Fw2       GTGCTCAAAGCAGGCTCG
                    CR Rev2      GCCCAATGCTTAGTTGACATC
Martelia refrigens  ITS1 4       CCGCACACGTTCTTCACTCC
ITS1                ITS15        CTCGCGAGTTTCGACAGACG
                    Ma-ITS1-Rev  GGAAAGGGCAACGAGAGC
                    Ma-IGS-Rev1  AGAC ACGCCTCTAC TCTTCTCC
                    C6           GTGCACGGCTT ACCATTTTT
                    C2           CTCTTTACCATGAAGATACCCACC
                    C4           GCAGTTGTGGTATACTCGAGATTG
Malacoherpesvirus   Rev1         TTCTCTTTCATTCTTTTGACCTCC
                    Fw1          CTATTGGAAAGGTTGCGGG
                    Rev2         CTCTCTTTTTTCCTTTCCTTATCC
                    HCO 2198     TAAACITCAGGGTGACCAAAAAATCA
16SRNA              27F          AGAGTTTAGTCMTGGCTCAG
amplification       1492R        GGYTACCTTGTTACGACTT

Target              Samples used for analysis    Annealing temp.

ITS of              Spat batch, gill and mantle  55[degrees]C
Perkinsus marinus   or feces and blood
Perkinstis olseni                                55[degrees]C
Perkinsus spp.
SSU of              Spat batch, gill and mantle  55[degrees]C
Bonamia exitiosa,   or blood
Bonainia ostreae                                 55[degrees]C
Bonamia spp.
Martelia refrigens  Spat batch, digestive gland  55[degrees]C
ITS1                or feces
Martelia spp. ITS1                               55[degrees]C
Martelia spp. IGS                                55[degrees]C
OSHV1               Spat batch, gill and mantle  56[degrees]C
                    or blood
OsHV1, AVNV,        Spat batch, gill and mantle  57[degrees]C
Malacoherpesvirus   or blood
COI                 Blood or spat batch          50[degrees]C
16SRNA              Individual pure colony       58[degrees]C

Target              Reference

ITS of              Audemard et al. (2004)
Perkinsus marinus
Perkinstis olseni   This study
Perkinsus spp.
SSU of              Cochennec et al. (2000)
Bonamia exitiosa,
Bonainia ostreae    Carnegie & Cochennec-
Bonamia spp.        Laureau (2004)
                    This study
Martelia refrigens  Le Roux et al (2001)
Martelia spp. ITS1  This study
Martelia spp. IGS   This study
OSHV1               Arzul el al. (2001)
OsHV1, AVNV,        This study
COI                 Folmer et al. (1994)
16SRNA              Guisande el al. (2004)

Table 2. Cultivable bacterial strains isolated from Anadara tuberculosa
rearing tanks and moribund adults and larvae. Strains were identified
based on their 16S RNAr sequences.

          Number of bacterial               16SRNA identification
Sample    isolates per group   Strain name  gene nearest neighbor

Biofilm   4 out of 4           CNLS1P       Pseudomonas sp.
Larva     4 out of 8           CNLS1P       Pseudomonas sp.
Larva     4 out of 8           CNLS2V       Vibrionaceae
Adult     2 out of 24          CNLS2V       Vibrionaceae
Adult    13 out of 24         CNLS1P       Pseudomonas sp.
Adult     1 out of 24          CNAs10       Pseudomonas sp.
Adult     2 out of 24          CNAs4        Vibrionaceae
Adult     3 out of 24          CNAV11       Vibrio shilonii
Adult     3 out of 24          CNAV2        Vibrio shilonii

         Sequence    Closest GenBank
Sample   similarity  number

Biofilm  99%         JN684003.1
Larva    99%         JN684003.1
Larva    96%         AP014635.1
Adult    96%         NR 146027.1
Adult    99%         JN684003.1
Adult    99%         KT695822.1
Adult    96%         KP713778.1
Adult    99%         HF541940.1
Adult    99%         AY911395.1

Table 3. Haplotype and nucleotide diversity of Anadara tuberculosa from
the National Sanctuary Mangrove of Tumbes based on mitochondrial COI

                          # of sequences  # of different
Extraction site           analyzed        haplotypes

Z1 La Abeja               18               9
Z2 Chorro de la Almeja    20               9
Z3 El Habilitado          19              13
Z4 La Chalaquera          14               9
Z5 Corral de los Coches   12               8
Z6 Nacupillal             11               7
Z7 Las Agujillas          16              12
Total                    111              39

                         Haplotype             Nucleotide
Extraction site          diversity             diversity ([pi])

Z1 La Abeja              0.889 [+ or -] 0.049  0.007 [+ or -] 0.001
Z2 Chorro de la Almeja   0.826 [+ or -] 0.073  0.004 [+ or -] 0.001
Z3 El Habilitado         0.877 [+ or -] 0.074  0.006 [+ or -] 0.001
Z4 La Chalaquera         0.912 [+ or -] 0.059  0.004 [+ or -] 0.001
Z5 Corral de los Coches  0.894 [+ or -] 0.078  0.005 [+ or -] 0.001
Z6 Nacupillal            0.909 [+ or -] 0.066  0.007 [+ or -] 0.002
Z7 Las Agujillas         0.958 [+ or -] 0.036  0.008 [+ or -] 0.001
Total                    0.898 [+ or -] 0.021  0.00 6[+ or -] 0.0005
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