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               Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn Naples
Italy, 13-17 November 2023

 The Course is over.
It was a great opportunity for organizers and students to update and discuss the topics of Decapod Taxonomy and Ecology.
Thanks to all!

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Pachygrapsus maurusThe Marine Organism Taxonomy (MOTax) core facility has launched a series of International Summer Schools (BENTACS - BENthos TAxonomy CourseS) focused on the taxonomy of the main groups of zoo-benthos from soft-bottom communities in the Mediterranean Sea. The courses will target in particular researchers and technicians from scientific institutions and from national/regional environmental agencies interested in the study of benthos biodiversity and ecology. A combination of lectures and microscope sessions will provide participants with a general theoretical framework and practical experience.

The 2nd MOTax course will provide an advanced training on the taxonomy and identification of decapod crustaceans. It will be held at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples on 13–17 November 2023. The course will be focused on selected families based on their ecological relevance, including species for which the taxonomic identification is particularly challenging.

Participants will be guided by expert taxonomists into the examination of preserved collections from different Mediterranean regions, as well as into the identification of their own samples. The course will offer an opportunity to discuss new challenges and perspectives into the fields of decapods taxonomy and ecology.

Theoretical lessons

- ecological role of decapods

- nomenclature, morphology, and glossary

- diagnostic characters of selected families/species living in the Mediterranean Sea

- molecular tools, species complexes, cryptic diversity, and phylogenies

- molecular and integrative taxonomy in the Mediterranean biota

Practical lessons

- microscope observation of selected families/species living in the Mediterranean Sea


Fabio Crocetta (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy)

Paolo Fasciglione (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy)

Sara Fratini (Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy)

Gianna Innocenti (Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy)

Carlo Pipitone (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - IAS, Italy)

Valentina Tanduo (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy)

The course is open to 20 participants. Preference will be given to applicants with documented experience in taxonomy and identification of decapods.


ApplicationsDeadline date has been postponed - New dealine is 15 September

Participants will be notified by 30 September

Registration and payment are due by 15 October

Fee: 450 euro per person (coffee breaks, lunches, and social dinner included)

ORGANIZERS: Fabio Crocetta, Paolo Fasciglione, Rosanna Guglielmo, Diana Sarno

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