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Session 5, Abstract 26

USING DNA BARCODES TO DETERMINE BIODIVERSITY AT HANNIBAL BANK

Jack Marschke*, Jonathan Abdala and Misa Sueyoshi (Walter Cho), Point Loma Nazarene University, Dept. of Biology, 3900 Lomaland Dr., San Diego, CA 92106

Hannibal Bank is a biodiversity hotspot off the Pacific coast of Panama. In order to quantify the biodiversity of the area image data and representative specimens of marine invertebrates were collected for morphological and genetic analyses during a research cruise in 2015. A total of 89 morphospecies were initially identified based on the morphology of 245 collected specimens from the phyla Annelida, Arthropoda, Echinodermata, and Mollusca. DNA barcoding with mitochondrial COI markers was used to identify putative species within the samples and a molecular systematic study was performed with supplemental sequences from GenBank in order to identify the species to the lowest taxonomic level possible. Preliminary results of species diversity and the molecular systematic study will be presented.