Phylogenetics and Ecology of Molluscs

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Marine Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 22 July 2024 | Viewed by 375

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Faculty of Natural Sciences, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Zagrebačka 30, 52100 Pula, Croatia
Interests: marine invertebrates; molluscs; genomics

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Department of Marine Studies, University of Split, Ruđera Boškovića 37, 21000 Split, Croatia
Interests: sustainable aquaculture; invasive species; benthos; bivalves; benthic communities; macrofauna; biofouling
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Department of Geology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Horvatovac 102b, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: micropaleontology; biostratigraphy; paleoecology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Molluscs are amongst the most diverse animal phyla, exhibiting both a variety of body plans, ecological relationships and adaptations and a huge span of species size. They live as sessile, semi-sessile and pelagic forms, inhabiting a wide variety of habitats. Most of these species are marine, and many of them have significant commercial value. Their fossil records have been present since the metazoan Cambrian explosion. However, due to a relatively low fossil variety, most contemporary molluscan phylogeny is based on comparative anatomy and development, and molecular data. Although molluscs, as a phylum, are well adapted to a wide span of ecological conditions, recent decades have posed some great ecological changes and challenges, whose variability is imposing a strong natural selection and potential extinction of some taxa, over a much slower evolutionary specialization and adaptation to changing conditions. Those ecological challenges are being driven by both natural as well as anthropogenic causes ranging from local pollution and overfishing, through pathogen-induced mass mortality events, to global warming and ocean acidification. As a result, we witness many changes in marine environments that needing to be monitored, documented and scientifically discussed. Diversity has recognized the problem and given this research project the opportunity to compose a collection of papers on the topic of “Phylogenetics and Ecology of Molluscs” and publish it at a discounted rate in a Special Issue, thus increasing its visibility even beyond the standard open-access scheme. Colleagues who recognise their research topics within this summary are cordially invited to contribute their manuscripts.

Dr. Mauro Štifanić
Dr. Vedrana Nerlović
Prof. Dr. Vlasta Ćosović
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  • molluscs
  • diversity
  • phylogenetics
  • ecology
  • evolution
  • marine ecosystems
  • marine environmental change

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