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[Arthropod] Discovering Amphipod Families

Bryony Pearce via arthropod%40net.bio.net (by bryony from seasurvey.co.uk)
Thu Jan 6 04:47:22 EST 2011

Dear All,

Thank you for supporting the development of the MESL School of Marine 
Taxonomy. Thingsare really starting to take off now and I am pleased to 
announce that we are now taking bookings for our "Discovering Amphipod 
Families " course which will be held over the first weekend in February. 
Details will go up on our website next week but if you know you would 
like a place on this course please do feel free to e.mail me directly 
for a booking form.

*Discovering Amphipod Families*****Booking Now*******
*4th -6th February**
Marine Ecological Surveys Ltd, 3 Palace Yard Mews, Bath, BA1 2NH*

This course will enable participants to gain experience and confidence 
in the identification, to the family level, of British marine Gammarid 
amphipods. The Gammarid amphipods are a large and diverse group of 
crustaceans, the identification of which which can be daunting for 
beginners to macrofaunal taxonomy. There are dozens of amphipod 
families, and hundreds of amphipod species found in UK waters and their 
identification requires microscopic examination of very small body 
parts. This course will guide students through the morphology of 
amphipods focusing on features used in identification at the family level.

The course will use the key text for this field, the 1977 book of 
British Marine Amphipoda: Gammaridea by Roger J. Lincoln. Many taxonomic 
papers have been written since clarifying or changing details but this 
text remains the most comprehensive and accessible key for this group. 
The workshop will be predominantly lab based with microscope sessions 
guided by experienced senior taxonomists from the MESL laboratory team 
and utilising specimens from our in-house reference collection.

Becoming familiar with the general morphology of amphipods, and 
identification to the family level, is a crucial step towards in the 
development of the skills required to accurately identify these animals 
to species.

Please log on to our website for more detailed information and booking 
details www.seasurvey.co.uk.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year

Best Regards

Bryony Pearce BSc (Hons)
Research Director
Marine Ecological Surveys Ltd
3 Palace Yard Mews
Tel: 01225 442211
E.Mail: bryony from seasurvey.co.uk

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