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Phylogenomics of the order Scleractinia (Cnidaria, Anthozoa): relationships between evolution and climate change

Abstract

Endeavoring to improve our understanding in scleractinian evolution as a lineage and as a system, the present proposal consists of two stages motivated to create and consolidate a research line on RNA/DNA deep sequencing and its usefulness at the Marine Science Department of the São Paulo Federal University (DCMar-UNIFESP). Based on the first azooxanthellate coral transcriptomes (1 species - Madrepora oculata [scleractinian coral bearing the widest worldwide distribution], 18 transcriptomes of which 6 from shallow water specimens [<50], 6 from deep waters [>200]) and 6 specimens subjected to thermal and pH stress) the first stage aims to improve our understanding on the genetic basis from the main reef framework builders, as well as to identify genes potentially related to physiological adaptations to low temperatures, calcification on extreme environments, etc. Also using NGS platforms, the second stage of the project aims to partially sequence the genome from 100 scleractinian species (symbiotic [50] and aposymbiotic [50]) in order to reconstruct a robust evolutionary history of the order, shedding light into its relationships to Corallimorpharia as well as within scleractinian "sub-orders" and families. Furthermore, the phylogenomic reconstruction will be submitted to molecular clock techniques calibrated using the earliest fossils that can be unambiguously assigned to extant clades and whose unique skeletal characters can be unequivocally recognized in fossil coralla, enabling the estimation of every node divergence time. These results are going to be correlated with paleo-environmental data (temperature and atmospheric CO2 concentration) with the aspiration to set robust hypothesis uniting shallow and deep-water reefs and climate change. The proposed research line will significantly contribute to the knowledge of the major architects of shallow- and deep-water coral reefs in times not just of major scientific interest, but also intense public and media concern because of the uncertain fate of these ecosystems in the face of ever increasing anthropogenic challenges. (AU)

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Scientific publications (20)
(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)
KITAHARA, MARCELO V.; JAIMES-BECERRA, ADRIAN; GAMERO-MORA, EDGAR; PADILLA, GABRIEL; DOONAN, LIAM B.; WARD, MALCOLM; MARQUES, ANTONIO C.; MORANDINI, ANDRE C.; LONG, PAUL F.. Reciprocal transplantation of the heterotrophic coral Tubastraea coccinea (Scleractinia: Dendrophylliidae) between distinct habitats did not alter its venom toxin composition. ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, v. 10, n. 4, . (11/50242-5, 14/01332-0)
SANTOS, MARIA E. A.; FARIA-JUNIOR, EDSON; AUED, ANAIDE W.; PELUSO, LIVIA; KITAHARA, V, MARCELO; PIRES, DEBORA O.; ZILBERBERG, CARLA. Benthic Cnidaria community in the oceanic archipelago of Trindade and Martin Vaz, Southwestern Atlantic Ocean. REGIONAL STUDIES IN MARINE SCIENCE, v. 33, . (14/01332-0)
ZANOTTI, ALINE APARECIDA; GREGORACCI, GUSTAVO BUENO; KITAHARA, MARCELO VISENTINI. The microbial profile of a tissue necrosis affecting the Atlantic invasive coral Tubastraea tagusensis. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 11, n. 1, . (14/01332-0)
LUZ, B. L. P.; CAPEL, K. C. C.; ZILBERBERG, C.; FLORES, V, A. A.; MIGOTTO, A. E.; KITAHARA, V, M.. A polyp from nothing: The extreme regeneration capacity of the Atlantic invasive sun corals Tubastraea coccinea and T-tagusensis (Anthozoa, Scleractinia). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, v. 503, p. 60-65, . (14/01332-0)
CRUZ CAPEL, KATIA CRISTINA; TOONEN, ROBERT J.; RACHID, CAIO T. C. C.; CREED, JOEL C.; KITAHARA, MARCELO V.; FORSMAN, ZAC; ZILBERBERG, CARLA. Clone wars:asexual reproduction dominates in the invasive range of Tubastraea spp. (Anthozoa: Scleractinia) in the South-Atlantic Ocean. PeerJ, v. 5, . (14/01332-0)
CAPEL, KATIA C. C.; LOPEZ, CATAIXA; MOLTO-MARTIN, IRENE; ZILBERBERG, CARLA; CREED, JOEL C.; KNAPP, INGRID S. S.; HERNANDEZ, MARIANO; FORSMAN, ZAC H.; TOONEN, ROBERT J.; KITAHARA, V, MARCELO. Atlantia, a new genus of Dendrophylliidae (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Scleractinia) from the eastern Atlantic. PeerJ, v. 8, . (14/01332-0, 17/50229-5)
PEREIRA LUZ, BRUNA LOUISE; MILLER, DAVID JOHN; KITAHARA, MARCELO VISENTINI. High regenerative capacity is a general feature within colonial dendrophylliid corals (Anthozoa, Scleractinia). JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL ZOOLOGY PART B-MOLECULAR AND DEVELOPMENTAL EVOLUTION, v. 336, n. 3, . (14/01332-0, 17/50229-5)
FARIA, LAIZA CABRAL; KITAHARA, MARCELO VISENTINI. Invasive corals hitchhiking in the Southwestern Atlantic. ECOLOGY, v. 101, n. 8, . (14/01332-0)
SAVIO, LUCCA A. C.; DIAS, GUSTAVO M.; LEITE, KELEN L.; GODOI, SILVIA N.; FIGUEIROA, APOENA C.; NETO, GERALDO F. O.; CORREA, EDINEIA C.; FRANCINI, CARLO L. B.; SHINTATE, GUSTAVO; KITAHARA, V, MARCELO. Sun coral management effectiveness in a wildlife refuge from south-eastern Brazil. AQUATIC CONSERVATION-MARINE AND FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEMS, v. 31, n. 10, . (14/01332-0)
VAGA, CLAUDIA F.; MIGOTTO, ALVARO E.; SANTOS, MARIA E. A.; HONJI, RENATO M.; REIMER, JAMES; KITAHARA, MARCELO V.. n integrative approach reveals a new species of Zoantharia (Cnidaria, Anthozoa), Terrazoanthus silveirai, in the South-western Atlantic Ocea. MARINE BIOLOGY RESEARCH, v. 17, n. 7-8, . (14/01332-0)
TANASOVICI, RODRIGO M.; DIAS, GUSTAVO M.; KITAHARA, V, MARCELO; VIEIRA, EDSON A.. nduring regardless the conditions: Plasticity in modular growth as a strategy to cope with hydrodynamic variation by the invasive sun-coral (Tubastraea spp.. MARINE ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH, v. 174, . (16/17647-5, 19/15628-1, 14/01332-0)
STOLARSKI, JAROSLAW; CORONADO, ISMAEL; MURPHY, JACK G.; KITAHARA, V, MARCELO; JANISZEWSKA, KATARZYNA; MAZUR, MACIEJ; GOTHMANN, ANNE M.; BOUVIER, ANNE-SOPHIE; MARIN-CARBONNE, JOHANNA; TAYLOR, MICHELLE L.; et al. A modern scleractinian coral with a two-component calcite-aragonite skeleton. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, v. 118, n. 3, . (14/01332-0)
KITAHARA, M. V.; CAPEL, K. C. C.; MIGOTTO, A. E.. Coenocyathus sebroeckisp. nov.: a new azooxanthellate coral (Scleractinia, Caryophylliidae) from southeastern Brazil. MARINE BIODIVERSITY, v. 50, n. 4, . (14/01332-0)
SEIBLITZ, ISABELA G. L.; CAPEL, KATIA C. C.; STOLARSKI, JAROSLAW; QUEK, ZHENG BIN RANDOLPH; HUANG, DANWEI; KITAHARA, MARCELO V.. The earliest diverging extant scleractinian corals recovered by mitochondrial genomes. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 10, n. 1, . (17/11615-7, 18/19661-0, 14/01332-0)
VAGA, CLAUDIA F.; SANTOS, MARIA E. A.; MIGOTTO, ALVARO E.; REIMER, JAMES; KITAHARA, MARCELO V.. Octocoral-associated Parazoanthus cf. swiftii from the southwestern Atlantic. MARINE BIODIVERSITY, v. 50, n. 2, . (14/01332-0)
VAGA, CLAUDIA F.; KITAHARA, V, MARCELO; NASCIMENTO, KARINE B.; MIGOTTO, ALVARO E.. Genetic diversity of thePennaria distichaGoldfuss, 1820 (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa) complex: new insights from Brazil. MARINE BIODIVERSITY, v. 50, n. 5, . (14/01332-0)
LUZ, BRUNA L. P.; DI DOMENICO, MAIKON; MIGOTTO, ALVARO E.; KITAHARA, V, MARCELO. Life-history traits of Tubastraea coccinea: Reproduction, development, and larval competence. ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, v. 10, n. 13, p. 6223-6238, . (14/01332-0, 17/50229-5)
CAPEL, K. C. C.; CREED, J.; KITAHARA, V, M.; CHEN, C. A.; ZILBERBERG, C.. Multiple introductions and secondary dispersion of Tubastraea spp. in the Southwestern Atlantic. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 9, . (14/01332-0)
MCFADDEN, CATHERINE S.; QUATTRINI, ANDREA M.; BRUGLER, MERCER R.; COWMAN, PETER F.; DUENAS, LUISA F.; KITAHARA, V, MARCELO; PAZ-GARCIA, DAVID A.; REIMER, JAMES D.; RODRIGUEZ, ESTEFANIA. Phylogenomics, Origin, and Diversification of Anthozoans (Phylum Cnidaria). Systematic Biology, v. 70, n. 4, p. 635-647, . (14/01332-0)
CARPINELLI, AGATHA NASCIMENTO; SILVA CORDEIRO, RALF TARCISO; NEVES, LEONARDO MITRANO; DE MOURA, RODRIGO LEAO; KITAHARA, MARCELO VISENTINI. Erythropodium caribaeorum (Duchassaing and Michelotti, 1860) (Cnidaria: Alcyonacea), an additional alien coral in the Southwestern Atlantic. Zootaxa, v. 4822, n. 2, p. 175-190, . (14/01332-0, 18/13554-8)

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