Investigating the ecology and evolution of cryptic marine nematode species through quantitative real-time PCR of the ribosomal ITS region.

@article{Derycke2012InvestigatingTE,
  title={Investigating the ecology and evolution of cryptic marine nematode species through quantitative real-time PCR of the ribosomal ITS region.},
  author={Sofie Derycke and R Sheibani Tezerji and Annelien Rigaux and Tom Moens},
  journal={Molecular ecology resources},
  year={2012},
  volume={12 4},
  pages={607-19}
}
The presence of morphologically similar but genetically distinct species has impacted biogeographical and ecological paradigms. In marine sediments, free-living nematodes form one of the most abundant and diverse faunal groups. Inferring the importance of nematode diversity for ecosystem functioning requires species-level identification, which is hampered by the lack of easily observable diagnostic characters and the presence of cryptic species. New techniques are urgently needed to adequately… CONTINUE READING