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Interspecific relationships: diversity, anchoring methods and feeding habits associated to the tubes of Ceriantharias species (Cnidaria Anthozoa)

Grant number: 16/00689-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2016
Effective date (End): June 30, 2018
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Oceanography - Biological Oceanography
Principal Investigator:Sérgio Nascimento Stampar
Grantee:Hellen Ceriello
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):17/07870-1 - Diversity of invertebrates associated to Ceriantharian tubes (Cnidaria; Anthozoa), BE.EP.MS


The phylum Cnidaria is characterized by animals with stinging cells named cnidocytes in their tissues. Due to the release of stinging substances, cnidarians show few associations with other species, however the recorded associations are often described as mandatory or optional commensalism. One of the groups of this phylum, Ceriantharia, is represented by members generally known as cerianthids or tube-dwelling anemones. Although the existence of some studies on taxonomy and systematic position, the interspecific associations to ceriantharians' tubes and the methods used by species to anchor to these animals' tubes are almost unknown. In this way, the present study will create a list of species that occur in tube-dwelling anemones' tubes and will describe the anchoring methods and eating habits related to these species. Based on it, associations of several groups with some species of cerianthids will be observed. Nevertheless, the data provided by this study could be used by the biotechnology associated with biomimetics to develop sustainable structures with greater durability and lower costs of acquisition and/or systems that can be used by the nautical industry, aiding in the fixation methods in aquatic environment. In this way, the project may produce patents that ensure the protection of the material to be developed. (AU)

Scientific publications
(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)
CERIELLO, HELLEN; LOPES, CELINE S. S.; DIAS, GUSTAVO MUNIZ; STAMPAR, SERGIO N. A different manner to share a house: is a colonial species possible in Ceriantharia (Cnidaria; Anthozoa)?. MARINE BIODIVERSITY, v. 49, n. 4, p. 2017-2020, AUG 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
CERIELLO, Hellen. Relações interespecíficas : diversidade, métodos de ancoragem e hábitos alimentares associados aos tubos de espécies de Ceriantharia (Cnidaria; Anthozoa). 2018. Master's Dissertation - Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (Campus de Assis)..

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