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 Fabián Horacio
Researcher CONICET
Professor
Researchers
Dr. Garese Agustín
Researcher CONICET
Teaching Assistant
Puente-Tapia, F. A., Garese, A., Delpiani, S. M., Acuña, F., & Genzano, G. (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., Pérez, C. D., Acuña, F., 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. (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., 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., & 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., 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., 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
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.
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.
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
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
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. (n.d.). Diversity, host specificity and biogeography in the Cladocorynidae (Hydrozoa, Capitata), with description of a new genus. Cladistics. https://doi.org/10.1111/cla.12480
Dr. González Muñoz Ricardo Enrique
Researcher CIC
Acuña, F. H., Cortés, J., Garese, A., & González-Muñoz, R. (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., 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., & 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., 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
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
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.
Graduate Students
Dra. Deserti María Irene
Postdoctoral Fellow – CONICET
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.
Lic. Erralde Stefanía Micaela
Doctoral Fellow – CONICET
Erralde, S. M., Acuña, F. H., 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
Lic. Vázquez Nicolás Darío
Doctoral Fellow – CONICET