Biology, Ecology, Management and Conservation of Cnidaria

A special issue of Biology (ISSN 2079-7737).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 558

Special Issue Editors

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Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of Porto, 4099-030 Porto, Portugal
Interests: myxozoa; biodiversity; ecology

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Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China
Interests: genetic adaptations; biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems; coral reef; shallow water; deep-sea ecology

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Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA
Interests: organelle genomes; phylogenomics; dinoflagellates; Cnidaria, Porifera

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cnidarians are an important component of aquatic environments, widely recognized for their significant ecological and economic importance. These invertebrates have a long and venerable fossil record that traces them to the origin of animals in the Earth’s primordial oceans. Their spectacular biodiversity highlights a formidable capacity for adapting to varied ecological niches. Mutualistic symbiotic associations with microalgae (belonging to the Alveolata clade) are the foundation of coral reef ecosystems that sustain nearly a third of all described marine species, while ensuring coastline protection and contributing to the biogeochemical carbon and calcium cycles, as well as to fisheries and tourism-related industries. Free-living jellyfish are voracious planktonic predators playing an important role in the ocean’s trophic chain, commonly known for their toxin-producing stinging cells (cnidocysts) that kill more people per year than sharks. Endoparasites cnidarians of aquatic invertebrates and vertebrates cause diseases associated with economic losses in aquaculture and fisheries. Some species display unique features making them ideal model organisms for fundamental research in the processes of regeneration, morphogenesis, and even non-senescence.

Presently, cnidarian biodiversity and dynamics are directly affected by climate change, though responses differ among distinct groups. For instance, coral reef integrity is threatened by ocean acidification, due to the slowing of calcium production rates. In turn, jellyfish blooms have increased in intensity, alarmingly occupying large oceanic extents, namely in “dead zones”. Regardless, the loss of marine life biodiversity is inherent to these alterations, which demand the development of management and conservation strategies protecting cnidarians as a key pillar of marine biodiversity. Such strategies will have to incorporate knowledge of diversity spawning from ecology to genetic to physiology, while taking into account the interactions that various societies/cultures have with these fascinating organisms.

We are pleased to invite you to submit a manuscript to the Special issue “Biology, Ecology, Management and Conservation of Cnidaria” to be published in the open access journal Biology, and which intends to provide an actual overview of cnidarian research, focused on the biodiversity, ecology, management, and conservation of these organisms.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following: diversity, systematics, taxonomy and phylogeny, functional morphology, evolution, genetic diversity and conservation, global change effects on biodiversity, conservation management, ecology, community ecology, and general aspects of diversity assessment.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Sónia Rocha
Dr. Jack Chi-Ho Ip
Dr. Ehsan Kayal
Guest Editors

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  • taxonomy
  • systematic
  • phylogeny
  • evolution
  • morphology
  • ecology
  • genetic diversity
  • global change
  • conservation management
  • diversity assessment

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