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The Holothurian PEET Project and the Aspidochirotid Working Group: Integrative taxonomy on a large scale

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dc.contributor.author Campbell, C
dc.contributor.author Honey, M
dc.contributor.author Kenyon, L
dc.contributor.author Kerr, A.M
dc.contributor.author Kim, S
dc.contributor.author Massin, C
dc.contributor.author McPherson, S
dc.contributor.author MEZALI, Karim
dc.contributor.author Michonneau, F
dc.contributor.author Netchy, K
dc.contributor.author O’Loughlin, M
dc.contributor.author Paulay, G
dc.contributor.author Pawson, D
dc.contributor.author Rowe, F
dc.contributor.author Samyn, Y
dc.contributor.author Smiley, S
dc.contributor.author Solis-Marin, F
dc.contributor.author Starmer, J
dc.contributor.author Thandar, A
dc.contributor.author VandenSpiegel, D
dc.contributor.author Werner, T
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-18T21:10:22Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-18T21:10:22Z
dc.date.issued 2008-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/802
dc.description.abstract We are undertaking a major revision of holothurians, focused on the Aspidochirotida, with support from the NSF PEET program, additional funding from our institutions, governments, and other sources. The project includes reviews of nomina, literature, type specimens, field surveys, DNA sequencing, and revisionary taxonomy. For nomina we are upgrading and databasing Smiley & Pawson's (1990's) manuscript on hol-othurian names. This is resulting in a comprehensive database of the >2500 available holothurian nomina, with relevant information checked, verified, and captured. Scans of original descriptions of aspidochirotid nomina are being posted on the PEET-cuke web site (http:/ / /marinelab /peetcukes /), together with ca. 4000 references dealing with holothurians. Major repositories with holothurian type material are being surveyed, aspidochirotid type material identified, and fresh ossicle preparations made from relevant tissues of these. Collections in Hamburg, Berlin, Moscow, Paris, London, and our home institutions have now been studied. Many type specimens once considered lost, especially from Semper's work, have been rediscovered. Field surveys have focused primarily on shallow, tropical waters and to date have resulted in large, new collections from the Comoros, Mascarene, Philippine, Vanuatu, Fiji, Mariana, Caroline, Marshall, Cook, Society, Line, and Hawaiian Islands, Australia, Panama, Mexico, Mediterranean basin, Florida, and Washington. Several new species as well as fresh tissue samples from many species were obtained on these trips. DNA has been extracted from >1600 specimens and sequenced from >1100 to date, representing >350 species, focused on aspidochirotids, but covering other available, appropriately-preserved holothurian spe-cies. Sequence data, field appearance (including photo-documentation for recently collected material), os-sicle complements, and internal anatomy are being integrated to redefine taxa, with many species complex challenges getting sorted out. Student theses and projects are focused on partial to comprehensive revisions of: Stichopus, Actinopyga, Bohadschia, Holothuria (Thymiosycia), Holothuria (Selenkothuria), Holothuria (Halo-deima), and Synapta, with other projects in the works. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher SPC Beche de Mer Information Bulletin #28 en_US
dc.title The Holothurian PEET Project and the Aspidochirotid Working Group: Integrative taxonomy on a large scale en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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