Studies at Hannibal Bank, Panama: A Study of Evolutionary History of Mollusks and Developing a Program to Review Dive Track Data

Studies at Hannibal Bank, Panama: A Study of Evolutionary History of Mollusks and Developing a Program to Review Dive Track Data
Research paper
Description: 
This study focuses on the phylum Mollusca from Hannibal Bank in Panama. Through DNA sequencing and phylogenetic analyses, the biodiversity and evolutionary history of mollusks were evaluated. The results of this study were found to support molluscan relationships reported in previous studies. Seventeen distinct species were collected. Bayesian and Maximum-Likelihood analyses revealed that the class Polyplacophora was basal to the sister clades Bivalvia and Gastropoda. Gastropoda was also found to have two distinct clades in both analyses: Vetigastropoda and Caenogastropoda. In addition to the phylogenetic analysis, a user-friendly program was written in R to help review dive track data and to better visualize where samples were found. This streamlines removing errors from dive track data received from research cruises and allows the points to be mapped and visualized.

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WHDL-00015173
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