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Biodiversity of Amphiuridae, Ophiactidae and Ophiotrichidae (Ophiuroidea, Echinodermata) in two ecoregions of Brazil

Grant number: 16/08869-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2016
Effective date (End): December 31, 2017
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal researcher:Michela Borges
Grantee:Helena Serrano
Home Institution: Instituto de Biologia (IB). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


This project aims is to study the biodiversity of three families of Ophiuroidea, Amphiuridae, Ophiactidae, and Ophiotrichidae. These families were chosen for presenting various taxonomic problems, belong to the same clade monophyletic, be representative and co-occur in soft bottom, and fauna associated. The study will be conducted by external and internal morphological analysis of specimens collected in two ecoregions: I) Islands Trindade and Martin Vaz and II) Southeast of Brazil. For the analysis of external morphology will be compared and described the characters of disc, jaws and arms. However, given the difficulty of recognition and separation of many species, the arm ossicles will also be studied, especially lateral plates and vertebrae ossicle. The morphometry will be used to complement these morphological studies and will aim to highlight the differences between the observed specimens. At the end of this work, the species should be defined precisely and an interactive identification key will be built, a fundamental role for future analysis of biodiversity and phylogeny. (AU)

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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; BORGES, MICHELA. Atlantic West Ophiothrix spp. in the scope of integrative taxonomy: Confirming the existence of Ophiothrix trindadensis Tommasi, 1970. PLoS One, v. 14, n. 1 JAN 23 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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