I am currently working on a project to elucidate the evolutionary
history and phylogeny of the family Lithodidae, with a special but not
exclusive focus on the history of the colonisation of the Southern
To allow this study to be as thorough as possible, I require samples of
lithodid tissue, along with details of the morphology and origin of
individuals sampled. Tissues will be used for genetic work, with the
intention of combining the molecular, morphological and ecological data
in the course of the study.
We have had success so far with samples that have been frozen or put
into ethanol very shortly after death, but I would like to try to get
genetic information out of some less well preserved animals in addition
to this. Any contribution would be well received. In addition, a set
of digital photographs (including clear dorsal and ventral shots, and
preferably a close-up of the rostral region), and/or a museum catalogue
number, will make the tissue sample more useful to the study.
I am also interested in examining specimens of the family Lithodidae
even if it is not possible to sample the tissues, and I will travel to
see any collection within Europe.
Please contact me at your earliest convenience with details of your
collection if you think you may be able to help.
Sally Hall [mailto:smh57 from noc.soton.ac.uk]
National Oceanography Centre