Table of Contents: PLoS ONE: The MarBOL Collection


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This collection of papers presents research in the field of Marine Barcoding under the auspices of MarBOL: a joint effort of the Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL) and the Census of Marine Life (CoML) to enhance our capacity to identify marine life by utilizing DNA barcoding (

DNA barcoding uses a short DNA sequence from a standardized and agreed-upon position in the genome as a molecular diagnostic for species-level identification.

The MarBOL collection highlights the large variety of applications of DNA barcodes.

First and foremost they are very useful tools to accelerate species-level analysis of biodiversity and to facilitate conservation efforts. Barcodes have been used for identification of prey in gut contents, detection of invasive species, forensics, and seafood safety. Researchers also use barcodes to delimit species boundaries, reveal cryptic species, and discover new species. Recent advances in sequencing technology allow the use of barcodes for rapid and increasingly automated biodiversity assessment by high-throughput sequencing and environmental barcoding.

Articles are presented in order of publication date and new MarBOL articles will be added to the collection as they are published.

Research Articles

A Multilocus Species Delimitation Reveals a Striking Number of Species of Coralline Algae Forming Maerl in the OSPAR Maritime Area

Cristina Pardo, Lua Lopez, Viviana Peña, Jazmin Hernández-Kantún, Line Le Gall, Ignacio Bárbara, Rodolfo Barreiro

Barcoding Sponges: An Overview Based on Comprehensive Sampling

Sergio Vargas, Astrid Schuster, Katharina Sacher, Gabrielle Büttner, Simone Schätzle, Benjamin Läuchli, Kathryn Hall, John N. A. Hooper, Dirk Erpenbeck, Gert Wörheide

Molecular Systematic of Three Species of Oithona (Copepoda, Cyclopoida) from the Atlantic Ocean: Comparative Analysis Using 28S rDNA

Georgina D. Cepeda, Leocadio Blanco-Bercial, Ann Bucklin, Corina M. Berón, María D. Viñas

Exploring the Use of Cytochrome Oxidase c Subunit 1 (COI) for DNA Barcoding of Free-Living Marine Nematodes

Sofie Derycke, Jan Vanaverbeke, Annelien Rigaux, Thierry Backeljau, Tom Moens

Identifying Fishes through DNA Barcodes and Microarrays

Marc Kochzius, Christian Seidel, Aglaia Antoniou, Sandeep Kumar Botla, Daniel Campo, Alessia Cariani, Eva Garcia Vazquez, Janet Hauschild, Caroline Hervet, Sigridur Hjörleifsdottir, Gudmundur Hreggvidsson, Kristina Kappel, Monica Landi, Antonios Magoulas, Viggo Marteinsson, Manfred Nölte, Serge Planes, Fausto Tinti, Cemal Turan, Moleyur N. Venugopal, Hannes Weber, Dietmar Blohm

Poles Apart: The “Bipolar” Pteropod Species Limacina helicina Is Genetically Distinct Between the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans

Brian Hunt, Jan Strugnell, Nina Bednarsek, Katrin Linse, R. John Nelson, Evgeny Pakhomov, Brad Seibel, Dirk Steinke, Laura Würzberg

Barcoding Nemo: DNA-Based Identifications for the Ornamental Fish Trade

Dirk Steinke, Tyler S. Zemlak, Paul D. N. Hebert

Studying Seabird Diet through Genetic Analysis of Faeces: A Case Study on Macaroni Penguins (Eudyptes chrysolophus)

Bruce E. Deagle, Nick J. Gales, Karen Evans, Simon N. Jarman, Sarah Robinson, Rowan Trebilco, Mark A. Hindell