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Free living marine nematodes: taxonomy, systematics and phylogeny

Grant number: 09/14019-0
Support type:Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants
Duration: March 01, 2010 - February 28, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology
Principal Investigator:Gustavo Fernandes Camargo Fonseca
Grantee:Gustavo Fernandes Camargo Fonseca
Home Institution: Instituto de Saúde e Sociedade (ISS). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Baixada Santista. Santos , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Fabiane Gallucci
Associated scholarship(s):10/05472-0 - Free-living marine nematodes: taxonomy, systematics and phylogeny, BP.JP


The phylum nematoda is highly diverse, inhabiting virtually all kinds of environments and therefore considered one of the most successful phyla on Earth. However, the lack of taxonomic studies, mainly on free living marine nematodes, hampers the progress of several other subjects which depend on taxonomy, such as ecology, biogeography and evolution. It is therefore with the aim of broadening and spreading the taxonomic knowledge that this proposal intends to start a research line on free living marine nematodes at the Marine Biology Center of the São Paulo University (CEBIMar-USP). Besides increasing the knowledge of the São Paulo State's biodiversity, the present proposal intends to combine morphological and molecular techniques to answer questions on the systematic and phylogeny of the group. This proposal plans to establish a reference collection of permanent slides and a virtual data bank where each indentified and sequenced species will be represented by pictures or illustrations and georeferenced. In relation to the scientific production, the results will be published regularly during the four years. In total, two taxonomic reviews of the most common and abundant marine orders (Monhysterida and Aerolaimida), two identification keys, one for all the genus found along the Sao Paulo State and other of international scope including genera that are not in the traditional keys, and at least five peer-reviewed scientific publications are predicted. The present proposal also foresees training students and technicians in studies of taxonomy, systematic and phylogeny of free living marine nematodes. (AU)

Scientific publications (8)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
FONSECA, GUSTAVO; NETTO, SERGIO A. Macroecological Patterns of Estuarine Nematodes. ESTUARIES AND COASTS, v. 38, n. 2, p. 612-619, MAR 2015. Web of Science Citations: 8.
FONSECA, G.; MARIA, T. F.; KANDRATAVICIUS, N.; VENEKEY, V.; GHELLER, P. F.; GALLUCCI, F. Testing for nematode-granulometry relationships. MARINE BIODIVERSITY, v. 44, n. 3, p. 435-443, SEP 2014. Web of Science Citations: 14.
VENEKEY, VIRAG; GHELLER, PAULA F.; MARIA, TATIANA F.; BRUSTOLIN, MARCO C.; KANDRATAVICIUS, NOELIA; VIEIRA, DANILO C.; BRITO, SIMONE; SOUZA, GUILHERME S.; FONSECA, GUSTAVO. The state of the art of Xyalidae (Nematoda, Monhysterida) with reference to the Brazilian records. MARINE BIODIVERSITY, v. 44, n. 3, p. 367-390, SEP 2014. Web of Science Citations: 14.
VIEIRA, DANILO CANDIDO; FONSECA, GUSTAVO. The Importance of Vertical and Horizontal Dimensions of the Sediment Matrix in Structuring Nematodes Across Spatial Scales. PLoS One, v. 8, n. 10 OCT 30 2013. Web of Science Citations: 10.
CUNHA, BEATRIZ PEREIRA; BRITO, SIMONE; FONSECA, GUSTAVO. Zygonemella: the forgotten genus of the family Xyalidae (Nematoda). Zootaxa, v. 3669, n. 2, p. 179-183, JUN 6 2013. Web of Science Citations: 5.
FONSECA, GUSTAVO; FEHLAUER-ALE, KARIN H. Three in one: fixing marine nematodes for ecological, molecular, and morphological studies. LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY-METHODS, v. 10, p. 516-523, JUL 2012. Web of Science Citations: 14.
FONSECA, GUSTAVO; HUTCHINGS, PAT; GALLUCCI, FABIANE. Meiobenthic communities of seagrass beds (Zostera capricorni) and unvegetated sediments along the coast of New South Wales, Australia. ESTUARINE COASTAL AND SHELF SCIENCE, v. 91, n. 1, p. 69-77, JAN 1 2011. Web of Science Citations: 31.
FONSECA, GUSTAVO; HUTCHINGS, PAT; VIEIRA, DANILO CANDIDO; GALLUCCI, FABIANE. Meiobenthic community underneath the carcass of a stingray: a snapshot after natural death. AQUATIC BIOLOGY, v. 13, n. 1, p. 27-33, 2011. Web of Science Citations: 7.

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