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Project: A study of the free-living, marine nematodes from tropical and cold water coral structures.

01-OCT-01 – 30-SEP-03

The biodiversity and the composition of the nematode fauna associated with coral reefs and cold-waater corals, will be compared. Common taxa, especially those with a clear preference for coralligenic substrates, will be approached systematically-phylogenetically. This implies an external morphological examination, a microscopic analysis of important diagnostic structures and the use of molecular techniques to unravel the genetic relationships.