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Taxonomic descriptions

Type dispositions

Species catalogue

Morphological characters


Image gallery



As the project progresses and these pages begin filling out, we will reorganise and link the information via a relational database sensu that seen at Daphne Fautin's Hexacorallians of the World.

From Cover, Marine Biotechnology. Volume 7. 2006. Publications
A primary objective is the taxonomic revision of our focal groups, as well as of other aspidochirotes as resources allow. Revisions will be published in monographic format in taxonomic journals, and also made available online as pdfs and interactive keys.
From Kerr. 2006. A primer on phylogenetics. AWG Workshop, Brussels Presentations
Our work will also be dispersed via lectures and posters at international symposia, as well as NSF-sponsored workshops and colloquia.
From Title page, Linnaeus. 1748. Systema Natura. Editio Sexta. Stockholmiĉ. Bibliography of holothuroid literature
We will track down and assemble a bibliography of literature relevent to our group, concentrating on work providing original species descriptions and subsequent revisionary acts.
From Plate 18, Clark, H. L. 1921. The Echinoderm Fauna of Torres Straits: .... Carnagie Institution of Washington. Taxonomic descriptions
Based on the bibliography, we will scan all original species descriptions. We will also capture and enter subsequent combinations of species names to provide a comprehensive synonymy for each species and capture decisions about their validity, type designations, etc. Finally, as time permits, we will include diagnoses of higher level taxa within Holothuroidea.
Landesmuseum, Zürich Type dispositions
Another important initial objective is to visit all major holothuroid collections at museums worldwide in order to locate remaining extant types, particularly those in our focal groups.
From Figure 3, Samyn et al 2005 Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 144: 103 Morphological characters
A primary objective of the first AWG meeting will be character standardization. Character standardization will not only make species easier to compare, but resulting character matrices will provide immediate material for phylogenetic analyses and interactive keys.
From Plate xxx , Semper, C.G., 1868. Holothurien. In: Reisen im Archipel der Philippinen .... Leipzig, Weisbaden Species catalogue
As the nomenclatural issues become sorted out, we will begin populating a database of aspidochirote species for on-line querying.
From Figure 2, Clouse et al 2005 Journal of Zoology 108: 27 Phylogenies
We are generating sequence data for all species for which we can get material, as well as to code morphological characters for the character matrices. These data will be used in phylogenetic studies, in part to assist breaking up species complexes.
Synapta maculata, Maug, Mariana Islands, Micronesia Image gallery
Another important goal is to identify which species and species groups can be readily identified in the field, a matter of considerable concern to reef conservationists and managers of commercially exploited species.
Record turnout of cukesters, 12th IEC meeting, University of New Hampshire Directory of holothuroid biologists
A directory of researchers whose primary interest is in the wider biology of holothuroids.


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