Pteropods are pelagic snails that have garnered considerable research on ocean acidification due to the susceptibility of dissolution in shell-bearing species. They can constitute an important food source for marine predators, including whales, seabirds, and some commercially important fishes. Due to their small size and planktonic lifestyle, however, their diversity and species distributions are not sufficiently known. While molecular methods are easing some of these challenges, the particular anatomy of pteropods still constrains the generation of a vouchered reference database.
Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Bush, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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