DNA- barcoding in the Gyratrix hermaphroditus species-complex: a case study on European populations

Category: 
Pilot project
Acronym: 
Gybar
Coordinator: 
Thierry Backeljau (RBINS)
JEMU partner: 
Kurt Jordaens, Floris C. Breman
Project summary: 
The freeliving flatworm Gyratrix hermaphroditus is a "species" that occurs worldwide in all types of habitats, from marine to purely freshwater. Although different populations hardly show any morphological differences, karyological studies have shown that G. hermaphroditus clearly represents a complex of species. In this project we will develop molecular protocols that can be used to study this species complex, and especially to delineate ad recognize the separate species within the complex using bar-coding procedures.
Collaborations: 
Tom Artois and Bart Tessens (University of Hasselt)
Starting date: 
1st January 2010
Project status: 
Completed (manuscript in prep.)

Output:
Printed abstracts
poster_Gybar_berlin2011Breman, F., Jordaens, K., Tessens, B., Backeljau, T., Smeets, K & Artois, T. 2011. Cryptic biodiversity and phylogeographic relationships in the freeliving flatworm Gyratrix hermaphroditus (Platyhelminthes, Kalyptorhynchia). BioSystematics Berlin 2011, Berlin, Germany, 21-27 February 2011.

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