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Description and life cycle of a solitary coronate scyphozoan from deep waters of the southeast coast of Brazil (Cnidaria, Scyphozoa, Coronatae, Nausithoidae) and comparison with other species

Grant number: 17/04954-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2017
Effective date (End): June 02, 2019
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:André Carrara Morandini
Grantee:Clarissa Garbi Molinari
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):18/11763-9 - Comparison of Atlantic species of the jellyfish genus Nausithoe (Cnidaria, Scyphozoa, Coronatae) based on morphological features, BE.EP.MS


The study of the life cycle has been essential to the unraveling of the systematics of the order Coronatae Vanhöffen, 1892. That is because only observations of polyps or medusae are not enough to distinguish species. Scyphozoan coronates are marine organisms abundant in deep sea environments, especially coral reefs due to their preference to settle in calcareous substrates. Due to the importance of deep sea reefs and the current threat from predatory fisheries over this environment, it is important to know the diversity of associated organisms - in this case the scyphozoan coronates. The goals of this project are: identify and describe the species of the genus Nausithoe that occurs in deep waters of the southeast coast of Brazil and that is in cultivation in the lab; compare the life cycle of this species with the one of N. aurea, N. werneri and N. maculata; to propose a phylogenetic hypotheses including these species using morphological and molecular data (16S and COI markers). (AU)

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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, NOV 4 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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