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Seasonal Dietary Shifts Alter the Gut Microbiota of a Frugivorous Lizard Teratoscincus roborowskii (Squamata, Geckonidae)
  • Lei Shi,
  • Weizhen Gao,
  • Yang Yi
Lei Shi
Xinjiang Agricultural University

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Weizhen Gao
Xinjiang Agricultural University
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Yang Yi
Xinjiang Agricultural University
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Seasonal dietary shifts of animals are important ecological adaptation strategies. An increasing number of studies have shown that seasonal dietary shifts can influence or even determine the composition of gut microbiota. The turpan wonder gecko Teratoscincus roborowskii lives in extreme desert environments, which have flexible dietary shift to fruit-eating in warm seasons. But the impact of such shifts on gut microbiota is poorly understood. Here, 16SrRNA sequencing and LC-MS metabolomics we used to examine the changes of gut microbiota composition and metabolic pattern of T. roborowskii. The results demonstrated that the gut microbes of T. roborowskii had significant seasonal changes, the diversity and abundance of gut microbiota in autumn were higher than those of in spring. Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes and Proteobacteria were the core gut microbes of T. roborowskii. Verrucomicrobia and Proteobacteria exhibit dynamic pattern of ebb and flow between spring and autumn.The composition and structure of gut microbes in different seasons perform specific metabolic functions, and this change may be an important adaptation for T. roborowskii to cope with dietary shifts and improve energy acquisition. Our study will provide a theoretical basis for exploring the adaptive evolution to special frugivorous behavior of the T. roborowskii, which is an important supplement to the study of the gut microbiology of desert lizards.
11 Feb 2023Submitted to Ecology and Evolution
11 Feb 2023Submission Checks Completed
11 Feb 2023Assigned to Editor
17 Feb 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
17 Mar 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
20 Mar 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
15 Apr 20231st Revision Received
20 Apr 2023Submission Checks Completed
20 Apr 2023Assigned to Editor
20 Apr 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
20 Apr 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
08 May 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
04 Jun 20232nd Revision Received
07 Jun 2023Submission Checks Completed
07 Jun 2023Assigned to Editor
07 Jun 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
19 Jun 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
03 Jul 20233rd Revision Received
04 Jul 2023Submission Checks Completed
04 Jul 2023Assigned to Editor
04 Jul 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
14 Jul 2023Editorial Decision: Accept