The Laboratorio de Biología de Cnidarios (Labic) was founded by Dr. Mauricio O. Zamponi in 1990 in Departamento de Ciencias Marinas, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata. Dr. Zamponi (now retired), has promoted the study of different groups of cnidarians, leading to the LABIC is nationally and internationally recognized, constituting one of the few labs worldwide dedicated to the study of these organisms. Uninterruptedlly, the LABIC has developed an intense activity, not only scientific, but also academic . Human resources training was a priority in the lab since its inception, numerous degree and doctoral thesis have been produced.. Likewise, several researchers have formed in the LABIC and now they carried out their activities in Argentina , or other countries. The LABIC have produced a big number of scientific publications, which are consulted and cited by worldwide researchers. At present several research projects are developed in the LABIC and cooperation with colleagues from other institutions are actively promoted. The LABIC is part of the Institute of Coastal and Marine Research (IIMyC) dependent of the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (UNMdP) and the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina.

 

Biodiversity, biology and ecology of sea anemones and other anthozoos from the Argentine Sea.
Biology and biometry of cnidocysts.
The role of sea anemones in intertidal zones, its interaction with other organisms.
Natural products in intertidal sea anemones.
Biodiversity of sea anemones, corallimorpharians and ceriantharians from the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.
Integrative biochemistry and physiology of sea anemones.
The genus Hydra from inland aquatic environments in the southeast of Buenos Aires Province: biodiversity, biology and ecology.
Impact of contamination by agrochemicals and PCBs on the biology and ecology of the sea anemone Bunodosoma zamponii

Director
Dr. Fabián H. Acuña
Researcher CONICET.

Professor

González-Muñoz, R., Garese, A., & Acuña, F. H. (2019). Anthopleura dalyae sp. nov. (Cnidaria: Actiniaria), a new species of sea anemone from the southern Gulf of Mexico. Marine Biodiversity, 49(2), 683–690. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-018-0844-2
Acuña, F., Hoz, M. F. T. de la, Díaz, A. O., Portiansky, E. L., Barbeito, C. G., & Flamini, M. A. (2019). Histochemistry of the zona pellucida of the ovary of a species with natural polyovulation: Lagostomus maximus (Rodentia, Hystricomorpha, Chinchillidae). Reproduction in Domestic Animals, 54(2), 207–215. https://doi.org/10.1111/rda.13333
Garese, A., González-Muñoz, R., & Acuña, F. H. (2019). Cnidom variation through distinct developmental stages in the sea anemone Aulactinia marplatensis (Zamponi, 1977) (Cnidaria: Actiniaria). Anais Da Academia Brasileira De Ciencias, 91(1), e20171039. https://doi.org/10.1590/0001-3765201920171039
Schejter, L., Acuña, F. H., Garese, A., & Pérez, C. D. (2018). Sea Pens (Cnidaria: Pennatulacea) from Argentine waters: new distributional records and first report of associated anemones. Pan American Journal of Aquatic Science, 13(4), 292–301.
Spano, C. A., Häussermann, V., Acuña, F. H., Griffiths, C., Seeb, L. W., & Gomez-Uchida, D. (2018). Hierarchical biogeographical processes largely explain the genomic divergence pattern in a species complex of sea anemones (Metridioidea: Sagartiidae: Anthothoe). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 127, 217–228. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2018.05.022
Deserti, M. I., Esquius, K. S., Escalante, A. H., & Acuña, F. H. (2017). Trophic ecology and diet of Hydra vulgaris (Cnidaria; Hydrozoa). Animal Biology, 67, 287–300. https://doi.org/10.1163/15707563-00002537
González-Muñoz, R., Garese, A., Tello-Musi, J. L., & Acuña, F. H. (2017). Morphological variability of the “Caribbean hidden anemone” Lebrunia coralligens (Wilson, 1890). Zoomorphology, 136(3), 287–297. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00435-017-0352-0
Quesada, A. J., Acuña, F. H., & Cortés, J. (2015). First record of the sea anemone Bunodosoma californicum (Cnidaria: Actiniaria) on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Marine Biodiversity Records, 8, e71. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1755267215000536
Fernandez-Gimenez, A. V., Haran, N. S., Pereira, N. A., & Acuña, F. H. (2014). First report of phenoloxidase and peroxidase activities in two intertidal sea anemone species of Argentina. Invertebrate Survival Journal, 11, 192–196.
Quesada, A. J., Acuña, F. H., & Cortés, J. (2014). Diet of the sea anemone Anthopleura nigrescens: composition and variation between daytime and nighttime high tides. Zoological Studies, 53, 26. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40555-014-0026-2
Garese, A., García-Matucheski, S., Acuña, F. H., & Muniain, C. (2012). The feeding behaviour of Spurilla sp. (Mollusca: Opisthobranchia) with a description of the kleptocnidae sequestered from its sea anemone prey. Zoological Studies, 51(7), 905–912.
Acuña, F. H., Garese, A., Excoffon, A. C., & Cortés, J. (2013). New records of sea anemones (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) from Costa Rica. Revista de Biología Marina y Oceanografía, 48(1), 177–184. Retrieved from http://www.scielo.cl/scielo.php?pid=S0718-19572013000100015&script=sci_arttext
Garese, A., García-Matucheski, S., Acuña, F. H., & Muniain, C. (2012). Feeding behavior of Spurilla sp.(Mollusca: Opisthobranchia) with a description of the kleptocnidae sequestered from its sea anemone prey. Zoological Studies, 51, 905–912.
Del Valle, J. C., Acuña, F. H., & López Mañanes, A. A. (2015). Digestive flexibility in response to environmental salinity and temperature in the non-symbiotic sea anemone Bunodosoma zamponii. Hydrobiologia, 759(1), 189–199.
Deserti, M. I., Escalante, A. H., & Acuña, F. H. (2015). New record for the distribution of the colonial hydroid Cordylophora caspia (Pallas, 1771)(Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) in Argentina. Check List, 11(1), 1515.
Garese, A., Carrizo, S., & Acuña, F. H. (2016). Biometry of sea anemone and corallimorpharian cnidae: statistical distribution and suitable tools for analysis. Zoomorphology, 135(4), 395–404.
Molodtsova, T. N., Griffiths, C. L., & Acuña, F. H. (2011). A new species of shallow-water cerianthid (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) from South Africa, with remarks on the genus Ceriantheopsis. African Natural History, 7(1), 1–8. Retrieved from https://journals.co.za/content/afnathist/7/1/EJC17375
Garese, A., Longo, M. V., Martin, J. P., & Acuña, F. H. (2014). The sea anemone Bunodactis octoradiata (Anthozoa: Actiniaria) from southern Patagonia: morphological study and new records. Zoologia (Curitiba), 31(5), 475–481. Retrieved from http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S1984-46702014000500007&script=sci_arttext&tlng=pt
Stampar, S. N., Beneti, J. S., Acuña, F. H., & Morandini, A. C. (2015). Ultrastructure and tube formation in Ceriantharia (Cnidaria, Anthozoa). Zoologischer Anzeiger-A Journal of Comparative Zoology, 254, 67–71. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0044523114000655
Acuña, F. H., Alvarado, J., Garese, A., & Cortés, J. (2012). First record of the sea anemone Anthopleura nigrescens (Cnidaria: Actiniaria: Actiniidae) on the Pacific coast of Central America. Marine Biodiversity Records, 5, e24. Retrieved from http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S175526721200022X
Acuña, F. H., Cortés, J., & Garese, A. (2012). Ocurrence of the sea anemone Telmatactis panamensis (Verrill, 1869) (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniaria) at Isla del Coco National Park, Costa Rica. Revista de Biología Tropical, 60, 201–205. Retrieved from http://www.scielo.sa.cr/scielo.php?pid=S0034-77442012000800011&script=sci_arttext&tlng=en
Martin, J. P., Garese, A., Sar, A., & Acuña, F. H. (2015). Fouling community dominated by Metridium senile (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniaria) in Bahía San Julián (southern Patagonia, Argentina). Scientia Marina, 79(2), 211–221. Retrieved from http://scientiamarina.revistas.csic.es/index.php/scientiamarina/article/view/1577
Researchers
Dr. Agustín Garese
Researcher CONICET
González-Muñoz, R., Garese, A., & Acuña, F. H. (2019). Anthopleura dalyae sp. nov. (Cnidaria: Actiniaria), a new species of sea anemone from the southern Gulf of Mexico. Marine Biodiversity, 49(2), 683–690. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-018-0844-2
Garese, A., González-Muñoz, R., & Acuña, F. H. (2019). Cnidom variation through distinct developmental stages in the sea anemone Aulactinia marplatensis (Zamponi, 1977) (Cnidaria: Actiniaria). Anais Da Academia Brasileira De Ciencias, 91(1), e20171039. https://doi.org/10.1590/0001-3765201920171039
Schejter, L., Acuña, F. H., Garese, A., & Pérez, C. D. (2018). Sea Pens (Cnidaria: Pennatulacea) from Argentine waters: new distributional records and first report of associated anemones. Pan American Journal of Aquatic Science, 13(4), 292–301.
González-Muñoz, R., Garese, A., Tello-Musi, J. L., & Acuña, F. H. (2017). Morphological variability of the “Caribbean hidden anemone” Lebrunia coralligens (Wilson, 1890). Zoomorphology, 136(3), 287–297. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00435-017-0352-0
Garese, A., García-Matucheski, S., Acuña, F. H., & Muniain, C. (2012). The feeding behaviour of Spurilla sp. (Mollusca: Opisthobranchia) with a description of the kleptocnidae sequestered from its sea anemone prey. Zoological Studies, 51(7), 905–912.
Acuña, F. H., Garese, A., Excoffon, A. C., & Cortés, J. (2013). New records of sea anemones (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) from Costa Rica. Revista de Biología Marina y Oceanografía, 48(1), 177–184. Retrieved from http://www.scielo.cl/scielo.php?pid=S0718-19572013000100015&script=sci_arttext
Garese, A., García-Matucheski, S., Acuña, F. H., & Muniain, C. (2012). Feeding behavior of Spurilla sp.(Mollusca: Opisthobranchia) with a description of the kleptocnidae sequestered from its sea anemone prey. Zoological Studies, 51, 905–912.
Garese, A., Carrizo, S., & Acuña, F. H. (2016). Biometry of sea anemone and corallimorpharian cnidae: statistical distribution and suitable tools for analysis. Zoomorphology, 135(4), 395–404.
Garese, A., Longo, M. V., Martin, J. P., & Acuña, F. H. (2014). The sea anemone Bunodactis octoradiata (Anthozoa: Actiniaria) from southern Patagonia: morphological study and new records. Zoologia (Curitiba), 31(5), 475–481. Retrieved from http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S1984-46702014000500007&script=sci_arttext&tlng=pt
Acuña, F. H., Alvarado, J., Garese, A., & Cortés, J. (2012). First record of the sea anemone Anthopleura nigrescens (Cnidaria: Actiniaria: Actiniidae) on the Pacific coast of Central America. Marine Biodiversity Records, 5, e24. Retrieved from http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S175526721200022X
Acuña, F. H., Cortés, J., & Garese, A. (2012). Ocurrence of the sea anemone Telmatactis panamensis (Verrill, 1869) (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniaria) at Isla del Coco National Park, Costa Rica. Revista de Biología Tropical, 60, 201–205. Retrieved from http://www.scielo.sa.cr/scielo.php?pid=S0034-77442012000800011&script=sci_arttext&tlng=en
Martin, J. P., Garese, A., Sar, A., & Acuña, F. H. (2015). Fouling community dominated by Metridium senile (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniaria) in Bahía San Julián (southern Patagonia, Argentina). Scientia Marina, 79(2), 211–221. Retrieved from http://scientiamarina.revistas.csic.es/index.php/scientiamarina/article/view/1577
Graduate Students
Dr. Ricardo González Muñoz
Postdoctoral Fellow
González-Muñoz, R., Tello-Musi, J. L., & Reimer, J. D. (en prensa). First record of “polyp-ball colonies” produced by Zoanthus sociatus (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Zoantharia). Marine Biodiversity. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-019-01010-5
González-Muñoz, R., Garese, A., & Acuña, F. H. (2019). Anthopleura dalyae sp. nov. (Cnidaria: Actiniaria), a new species of sea anemone from the southern Gulf of Mexico. Marine Biodiversity, 49(2), 683–690. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-018-0844-2
Garese, A., González-Muñoz, R., & Acuña, F. H. (2019). Cnidom variation through distinct developmental stages in the sea anemone Aulactinia marplatensis (Zamponi, 1977) (Cnidaria: Actiniaria). Anais Da Academia Brasileira De Ciencias, 91(1), e20171039. https://doi.org/10.1590/0001-3765201920171039
Brugler, M. R., González‐Muñoz, R. E., Tessler, M., & Rodríguez, E. (2018). An EPIC journey to locate single-copy nuclear markers in sea anemones. Zoologica Scripta, 47(6), 756–776. https://doi.org/10.1111/zsc.12309
González-Muñoz, R., Garese, A., Tello-Musi, J. L., & Acuña, F. H. (2017). Morphological variability of the “Caribbean hidden anemone” Lebrunia coralligens (Wilson, 1890). Zoomorphology, 136(3), 287–297. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00435-017-0352-0
Stampar, S. N., González-Muñoz, R., & Morandini, A. C. (2017). Botruanthus mexicanus (Cnidaria: Ceriantharia), a new species of tube-dwelling anemone from the Gulf of Mexico. Marine Biodiversity, 47(1), 113–118.
Lic. Nicolás D. Vázquez
Doctoral Fellow