Special Issue "Research Tools and Methods for Marine Species Acquisition and Identification"
A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2015).
The oceans are the largest ecosystems on Earth and harbor a very high biodiversity. Only a very minor part of this diversity is described and we know that the deeper in the ocean we go the less we know about this environment and the fauna that inhabits it. In addition, the smaller the organisms are the less we know about them.
This bias is still due to the fact that deep-sea areas are not easily accessible and that logistic and financial constraints hamper sampling of these areas. Moreover, we find such a high biodiversity in almost all catches from hadal and abyssal depths that it takes a long time to identify the material and describe the new species, as usually more than 50% of the species from these depths are new to science.
Challenges in deep-sea research that have to be met in future, thus, refer to two issues:
1. Deep-sea sampling
- long wire times
- high expenses for shiptime
- often insufficient specimens due to sampling gear and patchiness of the organisms
2. Species identification
- very high species richness
- no identification guides
- slow species identification and description
- large databases (systematics and biogeography)
Therefore, the present Special Issue is meant to present the most recent advances and challenges and aims in techniques dealing with novel, fast, and efficient sampling and processing of species, for example in the deep sea (or in other marine or terrestrial areas).
Prof. Dr. Angelika Brandt
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- sampling devices
- autonomous sampling gear
- underwater observatories
- identification methods
- genetic methods for fast species identification
- rapid identification or illustration techniques
- acceleration of species identification