No Place Like Home: Can Omics Uncover the Secret behind the Sea Anemone and Anemonefish Symbiotic Relationship?

Cassie Hoepner, Emily Fobert, Catherine Abbott, Karen Burke Da Silva

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Anemonefish and anemones are one of the most iconic symbiotic relationships that occur globally. Despite decades of study, there are still significant gaps in our knowledge of the evolution and persistence of anemonefish and how they live and thrive within their venomous hosts. In this chapter, we will explore the mechanism of toxin resistance in the establishment of this relationship and will discuss the current hypotheses posed to explain how the anemonefish mucus layer acts to protect the anemonefish from anemone venom. Research into anemonefish and their anemone home is increasingly employing the use of omics technologies, such as genomics and metagenomics. We will explore how utilizing these technologies has helped us deepen our understanding of the anemonefish and anemone symbiosis, as well as the future applications of omics techniques that may help us finally uncover the mechanisms behind this fascinating relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvolution, Development and Ecology of Anemonefishes
Subtitle of host publicationModel Organisms for Marine Science
EditorsVincent Laudet, Timothy Ravasi
Place of PublicationBoca Raton
PublisherFrancis & Taylor Group
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781003125365
ISBN (Print)9780367645816 , 9780367645779
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Nov 2022


  • anemone
  • anemonefish
  • Symbiosis
  • Omics


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