34 species of peracarids unique to the Atlantic islands discovered by CBMA researchers

A team from Minho (CBMA) and Aveiro universities, together with researchers from Brazil, Italy and the United Kingdom, discovered 34 probable new species of marine invertebrates in the archipelagos of the Azores, Madeira and Canaries (the Macaronesia), which do not exist anywhere else in the world.  These small crustaceans, called peracarids, stand out by the patterns of diversification and geographic segregation that apparently lasted for millions of years.

Researchers Pedro Vieira, Pedro Soares and Filipe Costa evaluated the DNA sequences from these crustaceans and the findings have now been published in the well-known Molecular Ecology and Zoologica Scripta journals and highlighted in the Barcode Bulletin.

Source (portuguese only): NÓS UMinho

Source (portuguese only): Diário do Minho