punctata - supposedly characteristic spots are present in some
animals, absent from others. Colour is not a good characteristic.
of hydromedusae dissolve in ethanol and are therefore better preserved
of scyphomedusae dissolve in formalin and are therefore better preserved
in >85% ethanol.
CnidToL is a very large project, won't it take everything and leave
nothing for up-and-coming young researchers to study?
This is the exact opposite of the intention of CnidToL, which aims to
promote collaborations and to stimulate future research. CnidToL is
likely to raise many more questions than it answers. It will produce
a family-level phylogeny for Cnidaria but most systematic studies below
the family level will remain undone. Most of the ecological and evolutionary
studies required for a full understanding of the modern diversity of
jellyfishes and other cnidarians will also be incomplete (most not even
started). Below are just a few of the studies that will be enabled by
the traditional taxonomic, tissue, and sequence collections made by
and anatomical evolution of rhopalia and cubozoan eyes
Co-evolution of medusae and parasites, such as hyperiid amphipods
Co-evolution of cnidaria and symbionts, such as zooxanthellae
identification of invasive species
species, and therefore any inter-specific comparisons
Comparisons of physiological rates
Phylogeography of almost every genus
Population genetics of almost every species
How will authorships be distributed?
This shouldn't be any different from any other collaboration. Anybody
who contributes significantly to a study should be an author. The overview
of CnidToL suggests a general approach to authorships, specifically
to enhance opportunities for foriegn collaborators, which is flexible.
We encourage collaborators to discuss authorships openly so that everyone
knows what is expected.