Cryptic diversity in aquatic oligochaetes from extreme environments

Category: 
Pilot project
Acronym: 
CRYOLI
Coordinator: 
Patrick Martin (RBINS)
JEMU partner: 
Gontran Sonet (RBINS) & Nathalie Smitz (RMCA)
Project summary: 
This project addresses the issue of cryptic diversity in oligochaetes of ground waters and Lake Baikal, two environments that can be considered as “extreme”. It focuses on two characteristic faunistic elements of the freshwater oligochaetes communities, the species flock Baikalodrilus in Lake Baikal, and the genus Trichodrilus in the underground. COI data was already obtained. However, as a mitochondrial single-locus approach can be problematic for the accurate delimitation of species, a combined approach including nuclear genes is compulsory.
Collaborations: 
Svante Martinsson, PhD Student, Department of Biologiacal and Enviromental Sciences, University of Gothenburg
Lab work progress: 
Completed
Data analysis: 
In progress
Starting date: 
June 2015
Project status: 
In progress
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith