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Patterns and processes in marine life: macroevolution in Scyphozoa (Medusozoa)

Grant number: 16/04560-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2016
Effective date (End): October 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Acordo de Cooperação: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:André Carrara Morandini
Grantee:Maximiliano Manuel Maronna
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:11/50242-5 - Dimensions of marine life: patterns and process of diversifications in planktonic and benthic cnidarians, AP.BTA.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):17/25907-0 - A starting point to Scyphozoan genomics: species and methods to develop an integral evolutionary framework, BE.EP.PD


The understanding of the evolutionary biology of marine organisms has undergone an intense process of development in the last decade, with proposed groups supported, others rejected, and new ones not recognized previously being suggested and confirmed. Also, recent comparative methods and analyses of structural complexity are remarked, which allow integrating several morphological and ecological information, as well as data related to species richness and genetic information, to evaluate macroevolutionary processes from the phylogenetic pattern. In the case of Scyphozoa (Medusozoa), there are several evolutionary patterns that need to be assessed in the context of phylogenetics, in order to establish accurate discussions concerning historical phenomena that characterize the group, both in biological biodiversity extinct as contemporary. The main concept of this project is to answer questions on marine macroevolution (phylogenies, origin and evolution of species richness) from the recognition of potential mechanisms (especially alternative life cycles and reproduction strategies) as hypotheses on trends of diversification in the cnidarians Scyphozoa. From the morphological-ecological and molecular data original and accumulated in recent decades, not previously integrated broadly in the context of its contents, this project aims to conduct phylogenetic analyses of species representing major groups with molecular data. Subsequent macroevolutionary studies will be represented by morphological-ecological data of all kinds, as well as a basic comparison with the other main groups of Medusozoa. This project proposes to establish an unprecedented dataset and to obtain results and discussions for different scientific scopes, mainly related to systematics based on molecular data, macroevolution and marine zoology. (AU)

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Scientific publications (5)
(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)
STAMPAR, SERGIO N.; GAMERO-MORA, EDGAR; MARONNA, MAXIMILIANO M.; FRITSCHER, JULIANO M.; OLIVEIRA, BRUNO S. P.; SAMPAIO, CLAUDIO L. S.; MORANDINI, ANDRE C.. The puzzling occurrence of the upside-down jellyfish Cassiopea (Cnidaria: Scyphozoa) along the Brazilian coast: a result of several invasion events?. Zoologia, v. 37, . (11/50242-5, 16/50389-0, 15/24408-4, 16/04560-9, 15/21007-9, 19/03552-0)
LAWLEY, JONATHAN W.; GAMERO-MORA, EDGAR; MARONNA, MAXIMILIANO M.; CHIAVERANO, LUCIANO M.; STAMPAR, SERGIO N.; HOPCROFT, RUSSELL R.; COLLINS, ALLEN G.; MORANDINI, ANDRE C.. The importance of molecular characters when morphological variability hinders diagnosability: systematics of the moon jellyfish genus Aurelia (Cnidaria: Scyphozoa). PeerJ, v. 9, . (19/03552-0, 17/07317-0, 16/04560-9, 16/12163-0, 15/21007-9)
HARI PRAVED, P.; MORANDINI, ANDRE C.; MARONNA, MAXIMILIANO M.; SUHAANA, M. NAZAR; JIMA, M.; ANEESH, B. P.; BIJOY NANDAN, S.; JAYACHANDRAN, P. R.. Report of Mauve Stinger Pelagia cf. noctiluca (Cnidaria: Scyphozoa) Bloom from Northeastern Arabian Sea (NEAS). THALASSAS, v. 37, n. 2, p. 569-576, . (16/04560-9, 15/21007-9)
MOLINARI, CLARISSA GARBI; MARONNA, MAXIMILIANO MANUEL; MORANDINI, ANDRE CARRARA. New record of Nausithoe werneri (Scyphozoa, Coronatae, Nausithoidae) from the Brazilian coast and a new synonymy for Nausithoe maculata. ZOOKEYS, n. 984, p. 1-21, . (10/50174-7, 16/04560-9, 17/04954-0, 15/21007-9)
BORTEIRO, CLAUDIO; BALDO, DIEGO; MARONNA, MAXIMILIANO M.; BAETA, DELIO; SABBAG, ARIADNE FARES; KOLENC, FRANCISCO; DEBAT, CLAUDIO MARTINEZ; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; CRUZ, JUAN CARLOS; VERDES, JOSE MANUEL; et al. Amphibian parasites of the Order Dermocystida (Ichthyosporea): current knowledge, taxonomic review and new records from Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 4461, n. 4, p. 499-518, . (12/25370-2, 16/04560-9, 13/50741-7)

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