Training in Tropical Taxonomy



Alvizu, A., M.C. Diaz, C. Bastidas, K. Rützler, R.W. Thacker, and L.M. Márquez. 2013. A skeleton‐less sponge of Caribbean mangroves: invasive or undescribed? Invertebrate Biology. 132: 81-94

Cárdenas, P., H.T. Rapp, C. Schander and O.S. Tendal. 2009. Molecular taxonomy and phylogeny of the Geodiidae (Porifera, Demospongiae, Astrophorida) — combining phylogenetic and Linnaean classification. Zoologica Scripta 39: 89-106.

Cárdenas, P., C. Menegola, H.T. Rapp and M.C. Díaz. 2009. Morphological description and DNA barcodes of shallow-water Tetractinellida (Porifera: Demospongiae) from Bocas del Toro, Panama, with description of a new species. Zootaxa 2276: 1-39.

Collin, R., A. S. Mobley, L. Busutil Lopez, S.P. Leys, M.C. Diaz and R.W. Thacker. 2010. Phototactic responses of larvae from the marine sponges Neopetrosia proxima and Xestospongia bocatorensis (Haplosclerida: Petrosiidae). Invertebrate Biology 129: 121-128.

DeGrave, S. 2009. A further sponge-dwelling species of the Periclimenes iridescens complex from the Western Atlantic (Decapoda, Caridea, Palaemonidae). Crustaceana 82: 829-836.

Diaz, M.C., R.W. Thacker and K. Rützler. 2007. Haliclona (Soestella) walentinae (Chalinidae, Haplosclerida) and Xestospongia bocatorensis (Petrosiidae, Haplosclerida), two new sponge species from Caribbean Panamá with filamentous cyanobacterial symbionts. In: Custódio, M. R., G. Lôbo-Hajdu, E. Hajdu, and G. Muricy (eds.). Porifera Research: Biodiversity, Innovation, and Sustainability, Série Livros 28. Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro: 31-36.

Diaz, M.C., R.W. Thacker, K. Rützler and C. Piantoni. 2007. Two new haplosclerid sponges from Caribbean Panama with symbiotic filamentous cyanobacteria, and an overview of sponge-cyanobacteria associations. In:Custódio MR, Lôbo-Hajdu G, Hajdu E, Muricy G (eds). Porifera research: biodiversity, innovation and sustainability. Série Livros 28. Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro: 31-39.

Diaz, M.C., R.W. Thacker, N.E. Redmond, K.O. Matterson, and A.G. Collins. 2013. Phylogenetic novelties and geographic anomalies among tropical Verongida. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 53:482-492

Erwin, P.M. and R.W. Thacker. 2007. Incidence and identity of photosynthetic symbionts in Caribbean coral reef sponge communities. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 87: 1683-1692.

Erwin, P.M. and R.W. Thacker. 2007. Phylogenetic analyses of marine sponges within the order Verongida: a comparison of morphological and molecular data. Invertebrate Biology 126: 220-234.

Erwin, P.M. and R.W. Thacker. 2007. Incidence and identity of photosynthetic symbionts in Caribbean coral reef sponge communities. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 87: 1683-1692.

Erwin, P.M. and R.W. Thacker. 2008. Cryptic diversity of the symbiotic cyanobacterium Synechococcus spongiarum among sponge hosts. Molecular Ecology 17: 2937-2947.

Erwin, P.M. and R.W. Thacker. 2008. Phototrophic nutrition and symbiont diversity of two Caribbean sponge-cyanobacteria symbioses. Marine Ecology Progress Series 362: 139-147.

Freeman C.J., and R.W. Thacker. 2011. Complex interactions between marine sponges and their symbiotic microbial communities. Limnology and Oceanography 56: 1577-1586.

Freeman, C.J., R.W. Thacker, D.M, Baker, and M.L. Fogel. 2013. Quality or quantity: is nutrient transfer driven more by symbiont identity and productivity than by symbiont abundance? The ISME Journal. 7: 1116-1125.

Gochfeld, D.J., C. Schloeder and R.W. Thacker. 2007. Effects of anthropogenic disturbance on sponge community structure and disease prevalence in Bocas del Toro, Panamá. In: Custódio, M. R., G. Lôbo-Hajdu, E. Hajdu, and G. Muricy (eds.). Porifera Research: Biodiversity, Innovation, and Sustainability, Série Livros 28. Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro. pp. 335-343.

Hajdu, E., T.S. de Paula, N.E. Redmond, B. Cosme, A.G. Collins, and G. Lôbo-Hajdu. 2013. Mycalina: another crack in the Poecilosclerida framework. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 53: 462-472.

Olson, J.B., R.W. Thacker, and D.J Gochfeld. 2014. Molecular community profiling reveals impacts of time, space, and disease status on the bacterial community associated with the Caribbean sponge Aplysina cauliformis. Microbiology Ecology. 87: 268-279

Redmond, N.E., C.C. Morrow, R.W. Thacker, M.C. Diaz, N. Boury-Esnault, P. Cárdenas, E. Hajdu, G. Lôbo-Hajdu, B.E. Picton, S.A. Pomponi, E. Kayala, and A.G. Collins. 2013. Phylogeny and Systematics of Demospongiae in Light of New Small-Subunit Ribosomal DNA (18S) Sequences. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 53: 288-415

Sperling, E.A., K.J. Peterson and D. Pisani. 2009. Phylogenetic –signal dissection of nuclear housekeeping genes supports the paraphyly of sponges and the monophyly of Eumetazoa. Molecular Biology and Evolution 26: 2261-2274.

Thacker, R.W., M.C. Diaz, K. Rützler, P.M. Erwin, S.J.A. Kimble, M.J. Pierce and S.L. Dillard. 2007. Phylogenetic relationships among the filamentous cyanobacterial symbionts of Caribbean sponges and a comparison of photosynthetic production between sponges hosting filamentous and unicellular cyanobacteria. In: Custódio, M. R., G. Lôbo-Hajdu, E. Hajdu, and G. Muricy (eds.). Porifera Research: Biodiversity, Innovation, and Sustainability, Série Livros 28. Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro. pp. 621-626.

Thacker, RW., A.L. Hill, M.S. Hill, N.E. Redmond, A.G. Collins, C.C. Morrow, L. Spicer,  C.A. Carmack, M.E. Zappe, D. Pohlmann, C. Hall, M.C. Diaz, and P.V. Bangalore. 2013. Nearly complete 28S rRNA gene sequences confirm new hypotheses of sponge evolution. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 53: 373-387.



Bonnet, N.Y.K., and R.M. Rocha. 2011. The family Ascidiidae Herdman (Tunicata: Ascidiacea) in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Description of six new species. Zootaxa 2864: 1-33.

Brown, F., and B. Swalla. 2012. Evolution and development of budding by stem cells: Ascidian coloniality as a case study. Developmental Biology 369: 151-162.

Cañete, J.I., and R. Rocha. 2013. Modiolarca lateralis (Pteryomorphia: Mytilidae): bivalve associated to six species of ascidians from Bocas del Toro, Panama. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research. 41:1030-1035.

Hirose, E., X. Turbon, S. López-Legentil, P.M. Erwin, and M. Hirose. 2012. First records of didemnid ascidians harbouring Prochloron from Caribbean Panama: genetic relationships between Caribbean and Pacific photosymbionts and host ascidians. Systematics and Biodiversity 10: 435-445.

Hirose, M., and E. Hirose. 2013. Photosymbiotic ascidians from oceanic islands in the tropical Pacific as candidates of long-dispersal species: morphological and genetic identification of the species. Aquatic Invasions 8: 271-280.

Pèrez-Portela, R., V. Arranz, M. Rius, and X. Turon. 2013. Cryptic speciation or global spread? The case of cosmopolitan marine invertebrate with limited dispersal capabilities. Scientific Reports. 3: article 3197.

Shenkar, N., and B.J. Swalla. 2011. Global diversity of Ascidiacea. PLoS ONE 6(6): e20657. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020657


Domenico, M Di., Martinez, A., Lana, P, and Wosaae. 2014. Molecular and morpholical phylogeny of Saccocirridae (Annelida) reveals two cosmopolitan clades with specific habitat preference. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.

Hochberg, R. and S. Atherton. 2010. Acanthodasys caribbeanensis sp.n., a new species of Thaumastodermatidae (Gastrotricha, Macrodasyida) from Belize and Panama. ZooKeys 61: 1-10.

Hochberg, R, and S. Atherton. 2011. A new species of Lepidodasys (Gastrotricha, Macrodasyida) from Panama with a description of its peptidergic nervous system using CLSM, anti-FMRFamide and anti-SCPB. Zoologischer Anzeiger 250: 111-122.

Martinez, A., M. Di Domenico, and K. Jörger. 2013. Description of three new species of Protodrilus (Annelida, Protodrilidae) from Central America. Marine Biology Research 9: 676-691


Mamoozadeha, N., and D.W. Freshwater. 2012. Polysiphonia sensu lato (Ceramiales, Florideophyceae) species of Caribbean Panama including Polysiphonia lobophoralis sp. nov. and Polysiphonia nuda sp. nov. Botanica Marina, 55: 317-347.



Page, T.J., L.S. Torati, B.D. Cook, A.Binderup, A., Pringle, CM., Reuschel, S., Schubart, CD, and Hughes, JM. 2012. Invertébrés Sans Frontières: Large Scales of Connectivity of Selected Freshwater Species among Caribbean Islands. Biotropica. 45: 236-244.

Sal-Moyano, M.P., A.M. Lagos-Tobias, D.L. Feller,  and F.L. Mantelatto. 2014. Relative growth and reproductive parameters in a population of Microphrys (Brachyura, Majoidea) from Bocas del Toro, Caribbean Sea, Panama. Revista de Biología Marina y Oceanografía. 49: 81-90. 

Thoma, B.P., D. Guinot, and D.L. Felder. 2014. Evolutionary relationships among American mud crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Xanthoidae) inferred from nuclear and mitochondrial markers, with comments on adult morphology. Zoological Journal of Linnean Society. 170: 86-109

Torati, L.S., S. De Grave, T.J. Page, and A. Anker. 2011. Atyidae and Palaemonidae (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea) of Bocas del Toro, Panama. Check List 7: 798-797.

Torati, L.S., and F.L. Mantelatto. 2012. Ontogenetic and evolutionary change of external morphology of the neotropical shrimp Potimirim (Holthuis, 1954) explained by a molecular phylogeny of the genus. Journal of Crustacean Biology 32: 625-640.



Sanchez, J.A. 2009. Systematics of the candelabrum gorgonian corals (Eunicea Lamouroux; Plexauridae; Octocorallia; Cnidaria). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 157: 237-263.

Wirshing, H.H., K.A. Feldheim, and A.C Baker. 2013. Vectored dispersal of Symbiodinium by larvae of a Caribbean gorgonian octocoral. Molecular Ecology 22: 4413-4432.