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. Acuña Fabian Horacio
Researcher CONICET
Teaching assistant
Co-Director
Dr. Diaz De Astarloa Juan Martin
Researcher CONICET
Professor
Fainburg, L. A., Sabadin, D. E., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., & Fernández Iriarte, P. J. (2023). Population structure of mud flounder Paralichthys orbignyanus from the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean. Journal of Fish Biology, 102(2), 455–464. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.15271
Gabbanelli, V., Vazquez, D. M., Delpiani, S. M., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., & Mabragaña, E. (2022). Description of neonate of the freckled sand skate Psammobatis lentiginosa and observations on incubation period: Descripción del neonato de la raya lenticulada Psammobatis lentiginosa y observaciones sobre su período de incubación. Revista de Biología Marina y Oceanografía, 57(Especial), press-press. https://doi.org/10.22370/rbmo.2022.57.Especial.3416
Fischer, L. S., Covatti Ale, M., Deli Antoni, M. Y., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., & Delpiani, G. E. (2022). Feeding ecology of the longtail southern cod, Patagonotothen ramsayi (Regan, 1913) (Notothenioidei) in the Marine Protected Area Namuncurá-Burdwood Bank, Argentina. Polar Biology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-022-03082-9
Ariza, A. A., Adachi, A. M. C. L., Roque, P., Hazin, F. H. V., Vianna, M., Rotundo, M. M., Delpiani, S. M., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., Delpiani, G. E., Oliveira, C., Foresti, F., & Cruz, V. P. (2022). DNA Barcoding and Species Delimitation for Dogfish Sharks Belonging to the Squalus Genus (Squaliformes: Squalidae). Diversity, 14(7), 544. https://doi.org/10.3390/d14070544
Briñoccoli, Y. F., Bogan, S., Arcila, D., Rosso, J. J., Mabragaña, E., Delpiani, S. M., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., & Cardoso, Y. P. (2022). Molecular and morphological evidence revalidates Acrobrycon tarijae (Characiformes, Characidae) and shows hidden diversity. ZooKeys, 1091, 99–117. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.1091.73446
Gabbanelli, V., Naylor, G., Weigmann, S., Yang, L., Vazquez, D. M., Last, P., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., & Mabragaña, E. (2022). Morphological and molecular evidence reveals the longnose skate Zearaja brevicaudata (Marini, 1933) to be a senior synonym of Dipturus lamillai Concha, Caira, Ebert & Pompert 2019. Zoological Studies, 61, 76. https://doi.org/10.6620/ZS.2022.61-76
Covatti Ale, M., Fischer, L. S., Deli Antoni, M. Y., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., & Delpiani, G. E. (2022). Trophic ecology of the yellowfin notothen, Patagonotothen guntheri (Norman, 1937) at the Marine Protected Area Namuncurá-Burdwood Bank, Argentina. Polar Biology, 45, 549–558. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-022-03011-w
Guimarães, K. L. A., Rosso, J. J., González Castro, M., Souza, M. F. B., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., & Rodrigues, L. R. R. (2022). A new species of Hoplias malabaricus species complex (Characiformes: Erythrinidae) from the Crepori River, Amazon basin, Brazil. Journal of Fish Biology, 100(2), 425–443. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.14953
Briñoccoli, Y. F., Bogan, S., Arcila, D., Rosso, J. J., Mabragaña, E., Delpiani, S. M., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., & Cardoso, Y. P. (2021). Molecular and taxonomic evidence unmask hidden species diversity in the genus Acrobrycon (Characiformes, Characidae). ARPHA Preprints, 1, e73467. https://doi.org/10.3897/arphapreprints.e73467
Cruz, V. P., Adachi, A. M. C. L., Oliveira, P. H., Ribeiro, G. S., Paim, F. G., Souza, B. C., Rodrigues, A. S. F., Vianna, M., Delpiani, S. M., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., Rotundo, M. M., Mendonça, F. F., Oliveira, C., Lessa, R. P., & Foresti, F. (2021). Genetic diversity in two threatened species of guitarfish (Elasmobranchii: Rhinobatidae) from the Brazilian and Argentinian coasts: an alert for conservation. Neotropical Ichthyology, 19(2), e210012. https://doi.org/10.1590/1982-0224-2021-0012
Guimarães, K. L. A., Rosso, J. J., Souza, M. F. B., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., & Rodrigues, L. R. R. (2021). Integrative taxonomy reveals disjunct distribution and first record of Hoplias misionera (Characiformes: Erythrinidae) in the Amazon River basin: morphological, DNA barcoding and cytogenetic considerations. Neotropical Ichthyology, 19, e200110. https://doi.org/10.1590/1982-0224-2020-0110
Delpiani, S. M., Bruno, D. O., Militelli, M. I., Acuña, F. H., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., & González Castro, M. (2021). Reproductive variables of Hypleurochilus fissicornis (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824) (Pisces: Blenniidae) on rocky intertidal zones in the South-western Atlantic. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 101(2), 409–418. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315421000230
Delpiani, S. M., Bruno, D. O., Vazquez, D. M., Llompart, F., Delpiani, G. E., Fernández, D. A., Rosso, J. J., Mabragaña, E., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2020). Structure and distribution of fish assemblages at Burdwood Bank, the first Sub-Antarctic Marine Protected Area “Namuncurá” in Argentina (Southwestern Atlantic Ocean). Polar Biology, 43(11), 1783–1793. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-020-02744-w
Vazquez, D. M., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., Gabbanelli, V., & Mabragaña, E. (2020). Comparative embryonic development patterns in three deep-water skates from the southwest Atlantic. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 161, 103301. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2020.103301
Delpiani, G. E., Delpiani, S. M., Deli Antoni, M. Y., Covatti Ale, M., Fischer, L. S., Lucifora, L. O., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2020). Are we sure we eat what we buy? Fish mislabelling in Buenos Aires province, the largest sea food market in Argentina. Fisheries Research, 221, 105373. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2019.105373
Lucifora, L. O., Bellagamba, P. J., Vega, L. E., Bó, M. S., Alvarenga, P. F., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2020). Significance of stingrays (Chondrichthyes: Myliobatiformes) as prey of crocodilians (Reptilia: Crocodylia) in non-marine environments. Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, 30(2), 179–192.
Deli Antoni, M. Y., Delpiani, S. M., González Castro, M., Blasina, G. E., Spath, M. C., Delpiani, G. E., Ashikaga, F. Y., Cruz, V. P., Oliveira, C., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2019). Comparative populational study of Lepidonotothen larseni and L. nudifrons (Teleostei: Nototheniidae) from the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. Polar Biology, 42(8), 1537–1547. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-019-02540-1
Azpelicueta, M. de las M., Delpiani, S. M., Cione, A. L., Oliveira, C., Marceniuk, A. P., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2019). Morphology and molecular evidence support the validity of Pogonias courbina (Lacepède, 1803) (Teleostei: Sciaenidae), with a redescription and neotype designation. PLOS ONE, 14(6), e0216280. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0216280
Castellini, D. L., Brown, D. R., Lajud, N. A., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., & González Castro, M. (2019). Juveniles recruitment and daily growth of the southern stock of Mugil liza (Actinopterygii; Fam. Mugilidae): new evidence for the current life-history model. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 99(1), 215–221. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315417001904
González Castro, M., Rosso, J. J., Delpiani, S. M., Mabragaña, E., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2019). Inferring boundaries among fish species of the new world silversides (Atherinopsidae; genus Odontesthes): new evidences of incipient speciation between marine and brackish populations of Odontesthes argentinensis. Genetica, 147, 217–229. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10709-019-00066-2
Cardoso, Y. P., Rosso, J. J., Mabragaña, E., González Castro, M., Delpiani, S. M., Avigliano, E., Bogan, S., Covain, R., Schenone, N. F., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2018). A continental-wide molecular approach unraveling mtDNA diversity and geographic distribution of the Neotropical genus Hoplias. PLOS ONE, 13(8), e0202024. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0202024
Rosso, J. J., Rueda, E. C., Sanchez, S., Bruno, M. C., Casciotta, J., Aguilera, G., Almirón, A. E., Ruiz Díaz, F. J., Cancino, D. F., Bugeau, B., Mabragaña, E., González-Castro, M., Delpiani, S. M., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2018). Basin-scale distribution and haplotype partitioning in different genetic lineages of the Neotropical migratory fish Salminus brasiliensis. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 28(2), 444–456. https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.2830
Castellini, D. L., González Castro, M., Lopez-Cazorla, A., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2018). Abnormalities in flatfishes of the south-west Atlantic Ocean. Journal of Fish Biology, 92(4), 1225–1234. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.13578
Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., Munroe, T. A., Béarez, P., González Castro, M., Castellini, D. L., Munroe, T. A., & Béarez, P. (2018). External morphology, postcranial and appendicular osteology of three southwestern Atlantic flatfishes ( Paralichthys , Paralichthyidae), and comparisons with other congeneric species. Neotropical Ichthyology, 16(2), e170134. https://doi.org/10.1590/1982-0224-20170164
Jurado, C. D., Mabragaña, E., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2017). Morphological variation in a conservative structure: the scapulocoracoids in Sympterygia acuta Garman, 1837 and Sympterygia bonapartii Müller & Henle, 1841 (Chondrichthyes: Rajidae). Zootaxa, 4318(1), 157–166. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4318.1.8
Lucifora, L. O., Balboni, L., Scarabotti, P. A., Alonso, F. A., Sabadin, D. E., Solari, A., Vargas, F., Barbini, S. A., Mabragaña, E., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2017). Decline or stability of obligate freshwater elasmobranchs following high fishing pressure. Biological Conservation, 210, Part A, 293–298. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2017.04.028
Rosso, J. J., Rosso, F. del, Mabragaña, E., Schenone, N. F., Avigliano, E., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2017). Molecular and taxonomic characterisation of introduced specimens of Poecilia reticulata in the lower Paraguay River basin (Cyprinodontiformes: Poeciliidae). Neotropical Ichthyology, 15(4), e170046. https://doi.org/10.1590/1982-0224-20170046
Hughes, L. C., Somoza, G. M., Nguyen, B. N., Bernot, J. P., González Castro, M., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., & Ortí, G. (2017). Transcriptomic differentiation underlying marine-to-freshwater transitions in the South American silversides Odontesthes argentinensis and O. bonariensis (Atheriniformes). Ecology and Evolution, 7(14), 5258–5268. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3133
Lucifora, L. O., Barbini, S. A., Vegh, S. L., Scarabotti, P. A., Vargas, F., Solari, A., Mabragaña, E., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2016). Geographic distribution of the short-tailed river stingray (Potamotrygon brachyura): assessing habitat loss and fishing as threats to the world’s largest obligate freshwater elasmobranch. Marine and Freshwater Research, 67(10), 1463–1478. https://doi.org/10.1071/MF15003
Vazquez, diego M., Mabragaña, E., Gabbanelli, V., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2016). Exploring nursery sites for oviparous chondrichthyans in the Southwest Atlantic (36° S–41° S). Marine Biology Research, 12(7), 715–725. http://imarest.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17451000.2016.1203948
Petry, A., Guimarães, T., Vasconcellos, F., Hartz, S., Becker, F., Rosa, R., Goyenola, G., Caramaschi, E., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., Sarmento-Soares, L., Vieira, J. P., Garcia, A. M., Teixeira de Mello, F., de Melo, F. A. G., Meerhof, M., Attayde, J. L., Menezes, R. F., Mazzeo, N., & Di Dario, F. (2016). Fish composition and species richness in eastern South American coastal lagoons: additional support for the freshwater ecoregions of the world. Journal of Fish Biology, 89(1), 280–314.
Mabragaña, E., Delpiani, S. M., Rosso, J. J., González Castro, M., Deli Antoni, M. Y., Hanner, R., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2016). Barcoding antarctic fishes: species discrimination and contribution to elucidate ontogenetic changes in nototheniidae. In DNA Barcoding in Marine Perspectives (pp. 213–242). Springer. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-41840-7_14
Schejter, L., Rimondino, C., Chiesa, I. L., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., Doti, B., Elías, R., Escolar, M., Genzano, G. N., López Gappa, J., Tatián, M., Zelaya, D. G., Cristobo, J., Perez, C. D., & Cordeiro, R. T. S. (2016). Namuncurá Marine Protected Area: an oceanic hot spot of benthic biodiversity at Burdwood Bank, Argentina. Polar Biology, 39(12), 2373–2386.
Blasina, G. E., Molina, J., López Cazorla, A., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2016). Relationship between ecomorphology and trophic segregation in four closely related sympatric fish species (Teleostei, Sciaenidae). Comptes Rendus Biologies, 339(11), 498–506.
Rosso, J. J., Mabragaña, E., González Castro, M., Delpiani, S. M., Avigliano, E., Schenone, N. F., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2016). A new species of the Hoplias malabaricus species complex (Characiformes: Erythrinidae) from the La Plata River basin. Cybium, 40(3), 199–208.
Rossini, B. C., Oliveira, C. A. M., de Melo, F. A. G., de Araújo Bertaco, V., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., Rosso, J. J., Foresti, F., & Oliveira, C. (2016). Highlighting Astyanax Species Diversity through DNA Barcoding. PloS One, 11(12), e0167203.
Estalles, M. L., Chiaramonte, G. E., Faria, V. V., Luzzatto, D., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2016). The southernmost range limit for the hidden angelshark Squatina occulta. Marine Biodiversity Records, 9(1), 58.
Lajud, N. A., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., & González Castro, M. (2016). Reproduction of Brevoortia aurea (Spix & Agassiz, 1829) (Actinopterygii: Clupeidae) in the Mar Chiquita Coastal Lagoon, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Neotropical Ichthyology, 14(1). http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S1679-62252016000100222&script=sci_arttext
González Castro, M., Rosso, J. J., Lajud, N. A., Castellini, D. L., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2015). Occurrence of Cyprinus carpio (Linnaeus, 1758) in a World Biosphere Reserve, the Mar Chiquita Coastal Lagoon (Argentina). Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 31(4), 749–751. https://doi.org/10.1111/jai.12780
Llompart, F., Delpiani, S. M., Lattuca, E., Delpiani, G. E., Cruz-Jiménez, A., Orlando, P., Ceballos, S., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., Vanella, F. A., & Fernández, D. A. (2015). Spatial patterns of summer demersal fish assemblages around the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Antarctic Science, 27(02), 109–117. http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0954102014000352
Bruno, D. O., Cousseau, M. B., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., & Acha, E. M. (2015). Recruitment of juvenile fishes into a small temperate choked lagoon (Argentina) and the influence of environmental factors during the process. Scientia Marina, 79(1), 43–55.
Mabragaña, E., Lucifora, L. O., Corbo, M., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2015). Seasonal reproductive biology of the bignose fanskate Sympterygia acuta (Chondrichthyes, Rajidae). Estuaries and Coasts, 38(5), 1466–1476.
Mabragaña, E., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., & Lucifora, L. O. (2015). A record of the Porbeagle, Lamna nasus, in coastal waters of Buenos Aires (Argentina) confirmed by DNA barcoding. DNA Barcodes, 3(1), 139–143. https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/dna.2015.3.issue-1/dna-2015-0017/dna-2015-0017.xml
Deli Antoni, M. Y., Delpiani, S. M., Stewart, A. L., González Castro, M., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2015). Merluccius tasmanicus Matallanas & Lloris 2006 is a junior synonym of M. australis (Hutton 1872)(Gadiformes: Merluciidae) based on morphological and molecular data. Zootaxa, 3956(1), 029–055.
López, S., Mabragaña, E., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., & González Castro, M. (2015). Reproductive studies of Anchoa marinii Hildebrand, 1943 (Actinopterygii: Engraulidae) in the nearby-coastal area of Mar Chiquita coastal lagoon, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Neotropical Ichthyology, 13(1), 221–228.
Blasina, G. E., López Cazorla, A. C., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2015). Possible predation by the striped weakfish Cynoscion guatucupa on estuary-associated fishes in an Argentinian coastal lagoon. Marine Biology Research, 11(6), 613–623. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17451000.2014.973417
Deli Antoni, M. Y., González Castro, M., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2015). New tools (DNA barcoding), old hypothesis: the case of the taxonomic identity of the Argentine hakes (Actinopterygii: Merluccius). Journal of Fish Biology, 87(3), 783–793. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfb.12745/full
Bruno, D. O., Delpiani, S. M., Cousseau, M. B., Díaz de Astarloa, J. M., Blasina, G. E., Mabragaña, E., & Acha, E. M. (2014). Ocean–estuarine connection for ichthyoplankton through the inlet channel of a temperate choked coastal lagoon (Argentina). Marine and Freshwater Research, 65(12), 1116–1130. http://www.publish.csiro.au/mf/mf13128
Belleggia, M., Scenna, L. B., Barbini, S. A., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2014). The diets of four Bathyraja skates (Elasmobranchii, Arhynchobatidae) from the Southwest Atlantic. Cybium, 38(4), 314–318.
Luzzatto, D., Pujol, M. G., Figueroa, D. E., & Díaz de Astarloa, J. M. (2014). The presence of the seahorse Hippocampus patagonicus in deep waters: additional evidence of the dispersive capacity of the species. Marine Biodiversity Records, 7, e71.
Researchers
Dr. Garese Agustin
Researcher CONICET

Muñoz, R. G., Lauretta, D., Bazterrica, M. C., Puente-Tapia, F. A., Garese, A., Bigatti, G., Penchaszadeh, P. E., Lomovasky, B. J., & Acuña, F. H. (2023). Mitochondrial and nuclear gene sequencing confirms the presence of the invasive sea anemone Diadumene lineata (Verrill, 1869) (Cnidaria: Actiniaria) in Argentina. PeerJ, 11, e16479. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.16479
Garese, A., Correa, F. G., Acuña, F. H., & Stampar, S. N. (2023). Cnidom in Ceriantharia (Cnidaria, Anthozoa): new findings in the composition and micrometric variations of cnidocysts. PeerJ, 11, e15549. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.15549
Vázquez, N. D., Garese, A., Miglioranza, K. S. B., & Acuña, F. H. (2023). Analysis of the feeding ecology of the sea anemone Bunodosoma zamponii: populations under differential anthropogenic pressures. Canadian Journal of Zoology. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjz-2022-0135
Acuña, F. H., González Muñoz, R. E., Garese, A., & Díaz-Ferguson, E. (2022). First records of Anthopleura nigrescens (Verrill, 1928) and Telmatactis panamensis (Verrill, 1869) (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Actiniaria) from Parque Nacional Coiba, Pacific coast of Panama. Check List, 18(5), 1141–1146. https://doi.org/10.15560/18.5.1141
Maggioni, D., Garese, A., Huang, D., Hoeksema, B. W., Arrigoni, R., Seveso, D., Galli, P., Berumen, M. L., Montalbetti, E., Pica, D., Torsani, F., & Montano, S. (2022). Diversity, host specificity and biogeography in the Cladocorynidae (Hydrozoa, Capitata), with description of a new genus. Cladistics, 38(1), 13–37. https://doi.org/10.1111/cla.12480
Puente-Tapia, F. A., Garese, A., Delpiani, S. M., Acuña, F. H., & Genzano, G. N. (2021). Association between the parasitic larvae of the sea-anemone Peachia sp. (Cnidaria: Haloclavidae) and hydromedusae (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) in the temperate Southwestern Atlantic Ocean. Marine Biodiversity, 51(5), 72. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-021-01209-5
Schejter, L., Genzano, G. N., Pérez, C. D., Acuña, F. H., Cordeiro, R. T. S., Silva, R. A., Garese, A., & Bremec, C. S. (2020). Checklist of Benthic Cnidaria in the SW Atlantic Ocean (54oS–56oS). Zootaxa, 4878(2), 201–239. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4878.2.1
Acuña, F. H., Cortés, J., Garese, A., & González Muñoz, R. E. (2020). The sea anemone Exaiptasia diaphana (Actiniaria: Aiptasiidae) associated to rhodoliths at Isla del Coco National Park, Costa Rica. Revista de Biología Tropical, 68(S1), S283–S288. https://doi.org/10.15517/rbt.v68iS1.41191
González Muñoz, R. E., Garese, A., Acuña, F. H., Reimer, J. D., & Simões, N. (2019). The spotted cleaner shrimp, Periclimenes yucatanicus (ives, 1891), on an unusual scleractinian host. Diversity, 11(11), 213. https://doi.org/10.3390/d11110213
Garese, A., González Muñoz, R. E., & 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
González Muñoz, R. E., 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
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. E., 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., 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.
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. http://scientiamarina.revistas.csic.es/index.php/scientiamarina/article/view/1577
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. http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S1984-46702014000500007&script=sci_arttext&tlng=pt
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. http://www.scielo.cl/scielo.php?pid=S0718-19572013000100015&script=sci_arttext
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. http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S175526721200022X
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., 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., 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. http://www.scielo.sa.cr/scielo.php?pid=S0034-77442012000800011&script=sci_arttext&tlng=en
Vázquez, N. D., Garese, A., Miglioranza, K. S. B., & Acuña, F. H. (n.d.). Analysis of the feeding ecology of the sea anemone Bunodosoma zamponii: populations under differential anthropogenic pressures. Canadian Journal of Zoology. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjz-2022-0135
Dr. González Muñoz Ricardo Enrique
Researcher CONICET

Ramírez-Carreto, S., Miranda-Zaragoza, B., Simões, N., González-Muñoz, R. E., & Rodríguez-Almazán, C. (2024). Marine Bioprospecting: Enzymes and Stress Proteins from the Sea Anemones Anthopleura dowii and Lebrunia neglecta. Marine Drugs, 22(1), 12. https://doi.org/10.3390/md22010012
Muñoz, R. G., Lauretta, D., Bazterrica, M. C., Puente-Tapia, F. A., Garese, A., Bigatti, G., Penchaszadeh, P. E., Lomovasky, B. J., & Acuña, F. H. (2023). Mitochondrial and nuclear gene sequencing confirms the presence of the invasive sea anemone Diadumene lineata (Verrill, 1869) (Cnidaria: Actiniaria) in Argentina. PeerJ, 11, e16479. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.16479
González Muñoz, R. E., Sánchez-Rodríguez, J., Simões, N., Tello-Musi, J. L., & Acuña, F. H. (2023). First record of the epiphyte sea anemone Bunodeopsis pelagica in the Mexican Atlantic. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 103, e38. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315423000280
Acuña, F. H., González Muñoz, R. E., Garese, A., & Díaz-Ferguson, E. (2022). First records of Anthopleura nigrescens (Verrill, 1928) and Telmatactis panamensis (Verrill, 1869) (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Actiniaria) from Parque Nacional Coiba, Pacific coast of Panama. Check List, 18(5), 1141–1146. https://doi.org/10.15560/18.5.1141
Durán-Fuentes, J., Gracia, A., & González Muñoz, R. E. (2022). Sea anemones (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Actiniaria) in high sedimentation environments influenced by the Magdalena River (Colombian Caribbean). Anais Da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, 94, e20190862. https://doi.org/10.1590/0001-3765202120190862
Acuña, F. H., Cortés, J., Garese, A., & González Muñoz, R. E. (2020). The sea anemone Exaiptasia diaphana (Actiniaria: Aiptasiidae) associated to rhodoliths at Isla del Coco National Park, Costa Rica. Revista de Biología Tropical, 68(S1), S283–S288. https://doi.org/10.15517/rbt.v68iS1.41191
González Muñoz, R. E., Garese, A., Acuña, F. H., Reimer, J. D., & Simões, N. (2019). The spotted cleaner shrimp, Periclimenes yucatanicus (ives, 1891), on an unusual scleractinian host. Diversity, 11(11), 213. https://doi.org/10.3390/d11110213
Garese, A., González Muñoz, R. E., & 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
González Muñoz, R. E., 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
González Muñoz, R. E., Tello-Musi, J. L., & Reimer, J. D. (2019). First record of “polyp-ball colonies” produced by Zoanthus sociatus (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Zoantharia). Marine Biodiversity, 49, 2197–2198. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-019-01010-5
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
Stampar, S. N., González Muñoz, R. E., & 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.
González Muñoz, R. E., 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
Gimenez, L. H., Battini, N., González Muñoz, R. E., & Glon, H. (n.d.). Invader in disguise for decades: the plumose sea anemone Metridium senile in the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean. Biological Invasions. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-023-03031-5
Graduate Students
Dra. Deserti Maria Irene
Graduate fellowship

Deserti, M. I., Stampar, S. N., & Acuña, F. H. (2023). Diversity of freshwater hydrozoans from Neotropical region: an annotated inventory of species. Revista de Biología Tropical, 71(S3), e56470–e56470. https://doi.org/10.15517/rev.biol.trop..v71iS3.56470
Deserti, M. I., Lorenzo-Morales, J., & Acuña, F. H. (2023). Hydra-Amoeba system: a double infection with a lethal ending. Anais Da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, 95, e20211025. https://doi.org/10.1590/0001-3765202320211025
Deserti, M. I., & Acuña, F. H. (2022). Statistical analysis on the cnidome of genus Hydra using Generalized Linear Models. Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia, 62, e202262023. https://doi.org/10.11606/1807-0205/2022.62.023
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
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.
Erralde Stefanía Micaela
Graduate fellowship

Erralde, S. M., & Acuña, F. H. (2020). Trophic ecology of the intertidal sea anemone Bunodosoma zamponii (Cnidaria, Actiniaria): diet composition, seasonal variation and trophic parameters. Anais Da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, 92(2), e20190520. https://doi.org/10.1590/0001-3765202020190520
Vasquez Sasali Camila
Graduate fellowship

Vazquez Nicolás Darío
Graduate fellowship

Vázquez, N. D., Garese, A., Miglioranza, K. S. B., & Acuña, F. H. (2023). Analysis of the feeding ecology of the sea anemone Bunodosoma zamponii: populations under differential anthropogenic pressures. Canadian Journal of Zoology. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjz-2022-0135
Vázquez, N. D., Chierichetti, M. A., Acuña, F. H., & Miglioranza, K. S. B. (2022). Occurrence of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the sea anemone Bunodosoma zamponii, sediments and seawater from the southwestern Atlantic. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 29, 39649–39664. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-022-18877-w
Vázquez, N. D., Garese, A., Miglioranza, K. S. B., & Acuña, F. H. (n.d.). Analysis of the feeding ecology of the sea anemone Bunodosoma zamponii: populations under differential anthropogenic pressures. Canadian Journal of Zoology. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjz-2022-0135