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Comparison of Atlantic species of the jellyfish genus Nausithoe (Cnidaria, Scyphozoa, Coronatae) based on morphological features

Grant number: 18/11763-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): September 13, 2018
Effective date (End): December 14, 2018
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal Investigator:André Carrara Morandini
Grantee:Clarissa Garbi Molinari
Supervisor: Allen Gilbert Collins
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, United States  
Associated to the scholarship:17/04954-0 - Description and life cycle of a solitary coronate scyphozoan from deep waters of the southeast coast of Brazil (Cnidaria, Scyphozoa, Coronatae, Nausithoidae) and comparison with other species, BP.MS


Most of scyphozoans have a metagenetic life cycle. The similarity of polyps within the same genus highlights the need of studying life cycle for species identification. The genus Nausithoe Kölliker, 1853 (Nausithoidae, Coronatae) consist of 22 identified species. In this study, by performing morphological analyses on preserved Nausithoe specimens (polyp and medusae) from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Collection, USA, we propose to continue the effort of elucidating the diversity of the genus. The study will also be essential to compare the Nausithoe specimens which are being cultivated by the applicant in her MSc project. (AU)

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