Sea spiders (Pycnogonida) needed for molecular work

Claudia Arango carango at amnh.org
Mon Mar 3 04:56:26 EST 2003


Dear All,
We are currently working on the first 'big' attempt to propose a molecular 
phylogeny of the Pycnogonida or commonly called sea spiders. These are 
fascinating, bizarre small arthropods, usually cryptic and not abundant. 
However, they inhabit all marine habitats around the world and this is why 
I am kindly asking for your collaboration.
In case you find pycnogonids in your samples, e.g. trawlings, dredging, 
associated to molluscs, echinoderms, washings of algae or intertidal 
samples, etc, I would enormously appreciate you could keep and preserve any 
specimen in 90% Ethanol and refrigerated.

  These creatures are difficult to find and not very well-known so 
collaboration from marine invertebrate specialists or basically anyone 
going out to the sea is very much appreciated. I can run with shipping 
charges and any other costs.

I hope to hear from any of you soon, any relevant information or assistance 
would be greatly appreciated and any collaboration would be acknowledged as 
it corresponds.
Please excuse the liberty I've taken sending this email through the E-lists.

My best wishes to all,
__________________________________________________
Claudia P. Arango
Division of Invertebrate Zoology
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West @ 79th St.
New York, NY 10024-5192  USA
1-212-769-5614 (Voice)
1-212-769-5277 (Fax)
E-mail: carango at amnh.org

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