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DEEP-SEA SPONGES SYSTEMATICS

The Phylum Porifera has more than 9000 species with records in almost all marine ecosystems. However, most of these records concern in the coastal and continental shelf while the deep-sea species remain underestimated in number and diversity.

My priority is to investigate the biodiversity of deep-sea sponges around the world. With special attention given to the Atlantic Ocean, we intend to analyze the sponge biodiversity not only with a traditional taxonomic approach, but also using the molecular tool to assess morphological variations, as well as the relationship between their groupings and areas of occurrence.

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CURRENT PROJECTS:

1. Systematic of deep-sea sponges of the South Atlantic (Brazilian slope and seamounts, and Mid-Atlantic Ridge).

2. Systematic of deep-sea sponges of the Northwestern Atlantic.


3. Integrative taxonomy of the deep-sea widespread hexactinellid species: Aphrocallistes beatrix and Farrea occa.

4. Taxonomy of the genus Desmacella (Porifera, Desmacellida) using an integrative approach.

5. Genetic diversity of deep-sea sponges (Hexactinellida) of NW Atlantic (USA area).

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