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Findings from Natural History Museum in the Area of Marine Biology Described

March 4, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- A new study on Life Science Research is now available. According to news reporting out of Paris, France, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "Buccinidae-like other canivorous and predatory molluscs-are generally considered to be occasional visitors or rare colonizers in deep-sea biogenic habitats. However, casual observations during tropical deep-sea cruises suggest that associations between buccinids and sunken wood, in particular, are not fortuitous."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Natural History Museum, "Enigmatocolus monnieri has been found to co-occur in Madagascar with bathymodiolines, vesicomyids and solemyids, indicating the presence of seeps, and species of Thermosipho gen. nov. have been sampled by submersibles and remotely operated vehicles, exclusively from hydrothermal vents. A molecular phylogeny (based on CO1, 12S and 28S genes) reveals that buccinid genera potentially associated with sunken wood (Eosipho, Gaillea gen. nov., Calagrassor gen. nov., and Manaria) are closely related to taxa from vents (Thermosipho gen. nov.) and seeps (Enigmaticolus). The anatomy of several dissected species did not reveal any special trait that could be interpreted as a special adaptation to biogenic substrates."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Buccinids from sunken wood are most diverse in the Indo-Pacific centre of marine biodiversity, the 'Coral Triangle', at depths between 100 and 1000 m, with numerous species still undescribed."

For more information on this research see: Deep-water Buccinidae (Gastropoda: Neogastropoda) from sunken wood, vents and seeps: molecular phylogeny and taxonomy. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 2013;93(8):2177-2195. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom can be contacted at: Cambridge Univ Press, 32 Avenue Of The Americas, New York, NY 10013-2473, USA. (Cambridge University Press - www.cambridge.org; Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom - journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=MBI)

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting Y.I. Kantor, Museum Natl Hist Nat, Dept. of Systemat & Evolut, UMR 7138, F-75231 Paris, France. Additional authors for this research include N. Puillandre, K. Fraussen, A.E. Fedosov and P. Bouchet (see also Life Science Research).

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