Oikopleura dioica
Zooplanktonic specie with a central role in marine trophic webs and vertical carbon cycle. Its study is relevant to impact of gene loss as an evolutionary force, and to better understand the origin and evolution of our own phylum, the chordates. Despite its cosmopolitan distribution and its apparent lack of morphological diversification, its variability on genome architecture among populations around the world may reveal the presence of many species that have been not noticed yet.
Distribution and origin of the sample
Cosmopolitan. Coast of Barcelona.
Principal investigator
Cristian Cañestro
Collaboration: Nicholas Luscombe. Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST).
Ministerio de Ciencia y Innovación PID2019-110562GB-I00.
Cristian Cañestro. Institut de Recerca de la Biodiversitat, Universittat de Barcelona (UB-IRBio)