The University’s Marine Research Station in Maribago, Mactan hosted Dr. Michele Nishiguchi, from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM, and her doctoral advisee Ms. Neda Nourabadi, who collected bobtail squid species, Euprymna hyllebergi within the waters of Cebu and Bohol and sampled Vibrio fischeri, a bioluminescent bacterial symbiont found in the mantle of the said squid, from May 20 to June 1.
At the same time, water samples were collected to isolate and test for abundance of free-living, non-symbiotic Vibrio, as well as determine the water temperature, salinity and chlorophyll content. This study also hoped to determine whether the bobtail squid, E. hyllebergi, the host populations spatial variations is reflected by symbiont diversity.
Prof. Nishiguchi previously collected samples from Panay Island in 2010 and 2012 so that the samples collected this time in Cebu, Bohol, Negros and Palawan could be analyzed together with those from Panay.
USC Marine Research Station
13 June 2013