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Metabarcoding analysis on European coastal samples reveals new molecular metazoan diversity

López-Escardó, David and Paps, Jordi and de Vargas, Colomban and Massana, Ramon and Ruiz-Trillo, Iñaki and del Campo, Javier (2018) 'Metabarcoding analysis on European coastal samples reveals new molecular metazoan diversity.' Scientific Reports, 8 (1). 9106-. ISSN 2045-2322

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Although animals are among the best studied organisms, we still lack a full description of their diversity, especially for microscopic taxa. This is partly due to the time-consuming and costly nature of surveying animal diversity through morphological and molecular studies of individual taxa. A powerful alternative is the use of high-throughput environmental sequencing, providing molecular data from all organisms sampled. We here address the unknown diversity of animal phyla in marine environments using an extensive dataset designed to assess eukaryotic ribosomal diversity among European coastal locations. A multi-phylum assessment of marine animal diversity that includes water column and sediments, oxic and anoxic environments, and both DNA and RNA templates, revealed a high percentage of novel 18S rRNA sequences in most phyla, suggesting that marine environments have not yet been fully sampled at a molecular level. This novelty is especially high among Platyhelminthes, Acoelomorpha, and Nematoda, which are well studied from a morphological perspective and abundant in benthic environments. We also identified, based on molecular data, a potentially novel group of widespread tunicates. Moreover, we recovered a high number of reads for Ctenophora and Cnidaria in the smaller fractions suggesting their gametes might play a greater ecological role than previously suspected.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animals; Nematoda; Platyhelminths; DNA, Helminth; RNA, Helminth; RNA, Ribosomal, 18S; Biodiversity; Europe; DNA Barcoding, Taxonomic; Aquatic Organisms
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Life Sciences, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2018 10:06
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 10:34

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