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Taxonomic studies, expansion and computerization of the marine invertebrate collections of the Museum of Zoology of the State University of Campinas, with emphasis on the Echinodermata

Grant number: 11/50724-0
Support type:BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Young Investigators Grants
Duration: October 01, 2011 - September 30, 2015
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal researcher:Michela Borges
Grantee:Michela Borges
Home Institution: Instituto de Biologia (IB). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


Zoological collections deposited in museums have a central role in the study of animal diversity. The State of Sao Paulo currently has five institutions that maintain partial or particular collections of marine invertebrates, including the Museum of Zoology of the State University of Campinas (ZUEC). The ZUEC Museum has been contributing significantly to the Brazilian scientific collections of marine invertebrates, especially. Polychaeta, Mollusca and Echinodermata, since a large number of specimens from various major projects are being deposited in that museum. At present, the collection contains about 116 thousand specimens in approximately 14 thousand lots. The aim of this project is to curate and computerize the collections of marine invertebrate of the ZUEC Museum, as well as to provide continuation of its exchange programs with other institutions. Taxonomic studies of the echinoderms deposited in the Museum will also be carried out, with emphasis on the Ophiuroidea. This collection will be analyzed with particular attention to morphological, taxonomic, distributional, phylogenetic and molecular aspects, given the volume of available material. Initially the genera Ophiophycis and Ophiomisidium, which bear issues of misidentification, will be studied. Supervision of graduate students is also among the goals, aiming the investment in training taxonomists and the establishment of a new line of research in the ZUEC Museum. (AU)

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DE MOURA BARBOZA, CARLOS ALBERTO; BORGES, MICHELA. A checklist of the extant species of ophiuroids (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) from Brazilian waters. Zootaxa, n. 3447, p. 1-21, . (11/50724-0)
BUENO, MARISTELA DE LIMA; GARCIA TAVARES, YARA APARECIDA; DI DOMENICO, MAIKON; BORGES, MICHELA. Gametogenesis and weight change of body organs of the sea cucumber Holothuria (Halodeima) grisea (Aspidochirotida: Holothuriidae) in Southern Brazil. Revista de Biología Tropical, v. 63, n. 2, p. 285-296, . (11/50724-0, 12/08581-0)
DOS SANTOS ALITTO, RENATA APARECIDA; ZACAGNINI AMARAL, ANTONIA CECILIA; DE OLIVEIRA, LETICIA DIAS; SERRANO, HELENA; SEGER, KARIN REGINA; BORGES GUILHERME, PABLO DAMIAN; DI DOMENICO, MAIKON; CHRISTENSEN, ANA BEARDSLEY; LOURENCO, LUCIANA BOLSONI; TAVARES, MARCOS; et al. Atlantic West Ophiothrix spp. in the scope of integrative taxonomy: Confirming the existence of Ophiothrix trindadensis Tommasi, 1970. PLoS One, v. 14, n. 1, . (11/50317-5, 11/50724-0, 16/08869-4, 16/06877-0)

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