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
Please log on to our website for more detailed information and booking
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year
Bryony Pearce BSc (Hons)
Marine Ecological Surveys Ltd
3 Palace Yard Mews
Tel: 01225 442211
E.Mail: bryony from seasurvey.co.uk