DNA-barcoding Decapoda and Stomatopoda from West-Africa
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Knowledge about species biology, distributions, and autecologies is based on accumulated information provided by identifying observers from diverse time periods and from sometimes somewhat isolated scientific cultures. Traditional taxonomic revisions bear witness of the inherent challenges of specimen identification and the efforts to obtain concordant species observations that actually refer to the same natural units. “Mislabelled” species is a growing concern in population management and food industries. There is also an emerging alertness in macro-ecology of bias in estimators of species occurrences and in biodiversity assessment and modelling due to misidentifications. Open access databases with DNA-barcodes are potentially powerful tools to discover conflicting identifications and may help in species recognition and in harmonizing the use of species taxonomies across research groups. Barcodes may also give taxonomists alerts about a need for integrative re-evaluation ...
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