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Spicules of Lissodendoryx acanthostylota sp.nov. from a plate in press

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Carla Piantoni Research Collaborator

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    Responsibilities: Research Collaborator, Caribbean coral Reef Ecosystems Program

    March 2004.  Licentiate in Biology. Universidad Nacional del Comahue ( Comahue National University) at Centro Regional Bariloche (CRUB), Province of Río Negro, Argentina.

          Thesis Project:  “Edad y crecimiento de Phymaturus patagonicus y Homonota darwinii: un estudio basado en la esqueletrocronología ”. (“Age and growth of Phymaturus patagonicus and Homonota darwini: a skeletochronology assessment”) Supervisors: argüengoytía  & Dr. Victor Cussac. Committee in charge: Dr. Carmen Ubeda and Dr. Felix Cruz. 

    1999- 2004. Laboratory of Animal Physiology and Histology, Comahue National University. 

    Selected Publications:

    Kun, M., C. Piantoni, John D Krenz, & N.R. Ibargüengoytía. submitted, 2009. Diet analysis of the southernmost gekkonid lizard from Argentina, Homonota darwini. Amphibia-Reptilia.

    Diaz, M.C., R.W. Thacker, K. Rützler & C. Piantoni. In press. Haliclona (Soestella)walentinae (Chalinidae, Haplosclerida) and Xestospongia bocatorensis (Petrosiidae, Haplosclerida), two new sponge species from Caribbean Panamá with filamentous cyanobacterial symbionts. Proceedings, 7th International Sponge Symposium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Rützler, K., R.W.M. van Soest & C. Piantoni. 2009. Sponges (Porifera) of the Gulf of Mexico. In, D.F. Felder & D.K. Camp: Gulf of Mexico – Its Origins, Waters, and Biota: Biodiversity. Texas A&M University Press, Colleage Station, Texas.

    Rützler, K., C. Piantoni &  M.C. Diaz. 2007. Lissodendoryx: Rediscovered type and new tropical western Atlantic species (Porifera: Demospongiae: Poecilosclerida: Coelosphaeridae). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the U.K. 87:1491-1510.

    Rützler, K., S. Duran & C. Piantoni. 2007. Adaptation of reef and mangrove sponges to stress: evidence for ecological speciation exemplified by Chondrilla caribensis new species (Demospongiae, Chondrosida). Marine Ecology. 28(1):95-111.

    Rützler, K., M. Maldonado, C. Piantoni & A. Riesgo. 2007. Iotrochota revisited: a new sponge and review of species from the western tropical Atlantic (Poecilosclerida: Iotrochotidae). Invertebrate Systematics, 21: 173-185.

    Ibargüengoytía, N.R., M.L. Renner, J.M. Boretto, C. Piantoni & V.E. Cussac. 2007. Thermal effects on locomotion in the nocturnal gecko Homonota darwini (Gekkonidae). Amphibia-Reptilia, 28: 235-246.

    Piantoni, C., N.R. Ibargüengoytía & V.E. Cussac. 2006. Growth and age of the southernmost distributed gecko of the world (Homonota darwini) studied by skeletochronology. Amphibia-Reptilia, 27: 393-400.

    Piantoni, C., N.R. Ibargüengoytía & V.E. Cussac. 2006. Age and growth of the Patagonian lizard Phymaturus patagonicus. Amphibia-Reptilia, 27: 385-392.

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