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Anchialine caves to understand evolutionary processes

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Project "ANCAVE" data sheet

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city: ROMA
postcode: 185

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 168˙277 €
 EC max contribution 168˙277 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-11-01   to  2019-10-31


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 Project objective

The goal of this project is to use the animal communities inhabiting anchialine environments as a model to investigate evolutionary patterns and processes in island-like marine habitats. Anchialine environments represent world-wide distributed land-locked water bodies with marine origin. They are comparable to islands for terrestrial habitats as they encompass young, discrete habitats with comparable ecological conditions to the sea, thus providing independent replicates of comparable evolutionary processes. All anchialine habitats previously investigated harbor high endemism, disharmonic communities, species with unique set of troglomorphic features, and old animal lineages interpreted as living fossils. In the four research parts of this project, we will test each of these observations and the processes related to them by analyzing large data sets with both macroecological and phylogenetic methods and a broad theoretical perspective from the field of evolutionary ecology, comparative evolution and island biogeography. This will facilitate to link the ecological and evolutionary processes observed in these habitats (easy to isolate and test due to the discrete and young nature of anchialine habitats) with those affecting oceanic ecosystems, providing a tool for a deeper understanding of the marine biota. Whereas similar approaches are well characterized in terrestrial environments (e.g. island), they are missing in the ocean, obscuring our understanding of the processes occurring there.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Nuria Sánchez, Alejandro Martínez
Dungeons and dragons: Two new species and records of Kinorhyncha from anchialine cenotes and marine lava tubes
published pages: 161-175, ISSN: 0044-5231, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcz.2019.05.012
Zoologischer Anzeiger 282 2020-03-23
2019 Maikon Di Domenico, Alejandro Martínez, Katrine Worsaae
Saccocirridae (Annelida) from the Canary Islands with a description of Saccocirrus slateri sp. nov.
published pages: 2125-2139, ISSN: 1867-1616, DOI: 10.1007/s12526-019-00991-7
Marine Biodiversity 49/5 2020-03-23
2019 Katrine Worsaae, Maria Damsgaard Mikkelsen, Alejandro Martínez
Description of six new species of Mesonerilla (Nerillidae, Annelida) and an emended description of M. intermedia Wilke, 1953, from marine and cave environments
published pages: 2141-2165, ISSN: 1867-1616, DOI: 10.1007/s12526-019-00984-6
Marine Biodiversity 49/5 2020-03-23
2019 Alejandro Martínez, Maikon Di Domenico, Francesca Leasi, Marco Curini-Galletti, M. Antonio Todaro, Matteo Dal Zotto, Stefan Gobert, Tom Artois, Jon Norenburg, Katharina M. Jörger, Jorge Núñez, Diego Fontaneto, Katrine Worsaae
Patterns of diversity and endemism of soft-bodied meiofauna in an oceanic island, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
published pages: 2033-2055, ISSN: 1867-1616, DOI: 10.1007/s12526-019-01007-0
Marine Biodiversity 49/5 2020-03-23
2019 Martínez, Alejandro; García-Gómez, Guillermo; García-Herrero, Álvaro; Di Cesare, Andrea; Corno, Gianluca; Eckert, Ester M.; Fontaneto, Diego
8. Lanzarote and Chinijo Islands: an anchialine UNESCO Global Geopark; in Lanzarote and Chinijo Islands Geoparque: From Earth to Space
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Lanzarote and Chinijo Islands Geoparque: From Earth to Space 1 2020-03-23
2020 George, Kai Horst; Khodami, Sahar; Kihara, Terue Cristina; Martínez-Arbizu, Pedro; Martínez, Alejandro; Mercado-Salas, Nancy; Pointner, Karin; Veit-Köhler, Gritta
\" Copepoda. In Schmidt-Rhaesa. \"\"Guide Identification of Meiofauna\"\" \"
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 1 2020-03-23
2019 Martínez, Alejandro; Gonzalez, Brett
Chapter 18 Volcanic anchialine habitats of Lanzarote, in Cave Ecology
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Cave Ecology 1 2020-03-23
2019 Alejandro Martínez
The First International Workshop to Marine and Anchialine Meiofauna in Lanzarote 2011
published pages: 2029-2031, ISSN: 1867-1616, DOI: 10.1007/s12526-019-01008-z
Marine Biodiversity 49/5 2020-03-23
2019 Stefano Mammola, Pedro Cardoso, David C Culver, Louis Deharveng, Rodrigo L Ferreira, Cene Fišer, Diana M P Galassi, Christian Griebler, Stuart Halse, William F Humphreys, Marco Isaia, Florian Malard, Alejandro Martinez, Oana T Moldovan, Matthew L Niemiller, Martina Pavlek, Ana Sofia P S Reboleira, Marconi Souza-Silva, Emma C Teeling, J Judson Wynne, Maja Zagmajster
Scientists\' Warning on the Conservation of Subterranean Ecosystems
published pages: , ISSN: 0006-3568, DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biz064
BioScience 2020-03-23

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