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Diversity of Syllidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) on hard bottom at Pernambuco and Paraíba states

Grant number: 11/23211-1
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2012
Effective date (End): July 31, 2012
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Morphology of Recent Groups
Principal researcher:João Miguel de Matos Nogueira
Grantee:Karla Paresque
Supervisor abroad: Guillermo San Martín Peral
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Spain  
Associated to the scholarship:09/17606-3 - Diversity of Syllidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) on hard bottom at Pernambuco and Paraíba States, BP.DR


Syllidae Grube, 1850, is one of the largest families of polychaetes, currently comprising around 700 species, with more than 70 genera. The Syllidae are divided into five subfamilies, Autolytinae, Eusyllinae, Syllinae, Exogoninae and Anoplosyllinae defined by the morphology of the palps, antennae, peristomial and dorsal cirri, by the shape of the pharynx and proventricle. Despite being one of the most abundant and diverse families of Polychaeta, the state of knowledge of the syllid fauna occurring off the Brazilian coast is still poor. Up to the present, only 109 species have been registered for the area (14 from northeast coast), which is a relatively low number compared to regions where the syllid fauna has been more extensively investigated, as the Iberian Peninsula, for example. The objective of this study is to survey Syllidae taxonomic species from samples taken over the states of Paraiba and Pernambuco. The goal of the internship abroad is to check the identifications already made and to compare the Brazilian specimens with animals from the private collection of the Dr. San Martín and European museums. Material examined consists of 3,405 specimens, belonging to 58 species, of which 37 identifications need to be confirmed. (AU)

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