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Deep-sea hydrothermal-vent organisms are often cited as examples of adaptation to extreme environmental conditions. Since the discovery of the first 'black smokers' (the vent chimneys expelling super-heated metal-laden fluids), the polychaete worm Alvinella pompejana has been considered the invertebrate most exposed to the harsh conditions, hence its(More)
Deep-sea hydrothermal-vent habitats are typically linear, discontinuous, and short-lived. Some of the vent fauna such as the endemic polychaete family Alvinellidae are thought to lack a planktotrophic larval stage and therefore not to broadcast-release their offspring. The genetic evidence points to exchanges on a scale that seems to contradict this type of(More)
One of the unusual features of DNA-containing organelles in general and mitochondria in particular is the frequent occurrence of RNA editing [1]. The term "RNA editing" refers to a variety of mechanistically unrelated biochemical processes that alter RNA sequence during or after transcription [2]. The editing can be insertional, deletional, or(More)
Metabolomics has recently proven its usefulness as complementary tool to traditional morphological and genetic analyses for the classification of marine invertebrates. Among the metabolite-rich cnidarian order Zoantharia, Parazoanthus is a polyphyletic genus whose systematics and phylogeny remain controversial. Within this genus, one of the most studied(More)
Combined faunistic and genetic studies in the marine Ekamako Cave at the southern coast of Nuku Hiva, Marquesas, in the central Pacific, yielded Heteromysis (Olivemysis) ekamako as a new species. This taxon differs from its congeners by a specific combination of morphological characters: flagellate, modified spines dorsally on each of the three segments of(More)
Exon Primed Intron Crossing (EPIC) markers provide molecular tools that are susceptible to be variable within species while remaining amplifiable by PCR using potentially universal primers. In this study we tested the possibility of obtaining PCR products from 50 EPIC markers on 23 species belonging to seven different phyla (Porifera, Cnidaria, Arthropoda,(More)
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