The Zooología-Invertebrados research group was created in 1991 in the Department of Biology of the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences (University of Mar del Plata) by Dr. Eduardo Spivak, who led it until his retirement in 2019, with the objective of studying the natural history (sensu Bartholomew, 1984) of crustaceans and brackish water polychaetes. In a first stage the objective was the characterization of the population structure of several species of crabs and shrimp that inhabit the Mar Chiquita lagoon (Buenos Aires Province, Argentina), such as Cyrtograpsus angulatus, Neohelice (= Chasmagnathus) granulata, Uca uruguayensis and Palaemonetes argentinus, and the reef-building polychaete Ficopomatus enigmaticus. In a second stage, the effort was directed to the study of the reproductive and larval biology of the first two species, establishing the existence of a strategy for the export of larvae from the estuary to the sea and estimating fertility and reproductive investment. Based on the knowledge acquired, the effect of low salinities and temperature on embryos, larvae and juveniles of N. granulata, C. angulatus and P. argentinus and the patterns and processes associated with recruitment and the survival of the first juvenile stages of crabs. Subsequently, other species of crustaceans were added, such as the rock crab Danielethus (Platyxanthus) crenulatus, the mud crab Panopeus meridionalis, the pea crab Calyptraeotheres garthi, the native alpheid shrimp Betaeus lilianae, the invasive shrimp Palalusemonal macro and shrimp Palalusemonáceo. Tanais dulongii and several species of native and invasive amphipods. In this way, the topics addressed were expanded and reproductive behavior and maternal care, mating systems, growth and molting, ovarian development, osmoregulation of embryos and larvae, ecophysiology, feeding behavior and translation, and an interdisciplinary project was developed on the relationships between predation on crabs by birds and their neurobiology. In addition, the larval morphology of several species of crabs was described. Many of these studies were carried out within the framework of the latitudinal differences detected in life history traits and the relationships between connectivity, larval migration, genetic differentiation of populations and biogeography, and included samplings and experiments in Bahía Blanca (Buenos Aires Province ), San Antonio Oeste (Río Negro Province) and the San José Gulf (Chubut Province), as well as Mar Chiquita. Currently, studies are also being carried out on the effect of stressors such as ocean acidification, artificial lighting and sound on different aspects of the life history and ecology of crustaceans, the behavior and personality of invasive species, the ecophysiological mechanisms of tolerance to the salinity of palaemonid shrimp from different environments and the behavioral and morphological effects of alarm signals and predation during the embryonic stage in the same group of crustaceans. The results obtained were published in more than 150 articles in indexed international specialized journals, and book chapters. During the period 1991-2021, more than 20 undergraduate and 12 doctoral theses were completed, and international agreements were established with Germany, Spain, and France, and cooperations with researchers from Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Italy, Puerto Rico, the United States, England and New Zealand.

Life history traits
Reproductive and larval biology
Ecophysiology of feeding and osmoregulation
Mating systems
Behavior in marine, brackish water and freshwater crustaceans and other invertebrates, both autochthonous and invasive, with emphasis in temporal and spatial variability related with the ontogeny and biotic and abiotic environmental factors

Director
Dr. Luppi Tomas Atilio
Researcher CONICET
Professor
Quiñones-Llópiz, J. D., Rodríguez-Fourquet, C., Luppi, T. A., & Farías, N. E. (2021). Size distribution and sex ratio between populations of the artisanal harvested land crab Cardisoma guanhumi (Decapoda: Gecarcinidae), with the estimation of relative growth and size at sexual maturity in Puerto Rico. Revista de Biología Tropical, 69(3), 898–1003. https://doi.org/10.15517/rbt.v69i3.45570
Sal Moyano, M. P., Ceraulo, M., Hidalgo, F. J., Luppi, T. A., Nuñez, J. D., Radford, C. A., Mazzola, S., Gavio, M. A., & Buscaino, G. (2021). Effect of biological and anthropogenic sound on the orientation behavior of four species of brachyuran crabs. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 669, 107–120. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13739
Riquelme-Bugueño, R. A., Luppi, T. A., Saldías, G. S., Lagos, M. E., Urbina, M. A., & Retamal, M. A. (2021). Annual cycle of growth and population structure of the estuarine crab Hemigrapsus crenulatus (Brachyura: Varunidae) off central Chile. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 101(2), 343–357. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315421000333
Quiñones-Llópiz, J. D., Ribeiro, P. D., Luppi, T. A., Chiaradia, N. M., & Nuñez, J. D. (2021). Artificial light at night (ALAN) mediates transient spatial aggregation of an ecosystem engineer, the crab Neohelice granulata (Dana, 1851) (Decapoda: Brachyura: Varunidae), under different ecological contexts. Journal of Crustacean Biology, 41(4), ruab060. https://doi.org/10.1093/jcbiol/ruab060
Ocampo, E. H., García, M. P., Nuñez, J. D., & Luppi, T. A. (2021). Impact on reproductive performance and body condition in a small limpet parasitized by a large castrator pea crab. Journal of Morphology, 282(11), 1604–1615. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmor.21409
Rodriguez, E. M., & Luppi, T. A. (2020). Neohelice granulata, a Model Species for Studies on Crustaceans, Volume II: Anatomy and Physiology. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
López Mañanes, A. A., Asaro, A., Méndez, E., Michiels, M. S., & Pinoni, S. A. (2020). Digestive flexibility in Neohelice granulata from the Mar Chiquita coastal lagoon: Characterization and modulation of key enzymes in hepatopancreas. In E. M. Rodriguez & T. A. Luppi (Eds.), Neohelice granulata, a Model Species for Studies on Crustaceans, Volume II. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. https://ri.conicet.gov.ar/handle/11336/128920
Bas, C. C., Nuñez, J. D., Spivak, E. D., & Luppi, T. A. (2019). Inter-population differences in feeding ecology under nitrogen-limited diets: Field growth and the role of cannibalism in limiting/improving reserve accumulation. Marine Ecology, 40(3), e12547. https://doi.org/10.1111/maec.12547
Nuñez, J. D., Ribeiro, P. D., Ocampo, E. H., & Luppi, T. A. (2018). Neohelice granulata burrow fidelity behaviour related to landscape heterogeneity. Helgoland Marine Research, 72(1), 17. https://doi.org/10.1186/s10152-018-0518-2
Bruschetti, C. M., Addino, M. del S., Luppi, T. A., & Iribarne, O. O. (2018). Effects of nutrient enrichment and grazing by an invasive filter feeder on phytoplankton biomass in a South West Atlantic coastal lagoon. Biological Invasions, 20(8), 2245–2256. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-018-1699-y
Ocampo, E. H., Luppi, T. A., Spivak, E. D., & Klaus, S. (2018). The ontogeny of the female reproductive system in the parasitic castrator pea crab Calyptraeotheres garthi: Implications for its mating system. Journal of Morphology, 279(4), 531–544. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmor.20786
Farías, N. E., Spivak, E. D., & Luppi, T. A. (2017). Functional morphology of the female reproductive system of a crab with highly extensible seminal receptacles and extreme sperm storage capacity. Journal of Morphology, 278(7), 919–935. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmor.20685
Sal Moyano, M. P., Luppi, T. A., Medesani, D. A., McLay, C. L., & Rodríguez, E. M. (2017). Hard-shell mating in Neohelice granulata: the role of ecdysone in female receptivity and mate attraction. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 203(3), 233–243. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00359-017-1159-7
Sal Moyano, M. P., Lorusso, M. I., Nuñez, J. D., Ribeiro, P. D., Gavio, M. A., & Luppi, T. A. (2016). Male size-dependent dominance for burrow holding in the semiterrestrial crab Neohelice granulata: multiple tactics used by intermediate-sized males. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 70(9), 1497–1505. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00265-016-2158-3
Bas, C. C., Luppi, T. A., & Spivak, E. D. (2016). Effect of different protein supply on growth of three populations of a crab adapted to low energy diets. Helgoland Marine Research, 70(1), 11.
Bruschetti, C. M., Luppi, T. A., & Iribarne, O. O. (2016). Effect of an invasive filter-feeder on the zooplankton assemblage in a coastal lagoon. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 96(06), 1201–1210.
Sal Moyano, M. P., Gavio, M. A., & Luppi, T. A. (2016). Different sperm allocation strategies in two populations of the semiterrestrial crab Neohelice granulata (Brachyura, Grapsoidea, Varunidae). Marine Ecology, 37(4), 737–749.
Luppi, T. A., & Spivak, E. D. (2016). The larval development of the spider crab Rochinia gracilipes (Crustacea: Majoidea: Epialtidae: Pisinae) reared in the laboratory. Journal of Natural History, 50(31–32), 1983–2003. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00222933.2016.1190415
Ocampo, E. H., Spivak, E. D., Baeza, J. A., & Luppi, T. A. (2016). Ontogenetic changes in the external anatomy of the parasitic castrator crab Calyptraeotheres garthi: implications for the timing of host colonization and sexual behaviour. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bij.12854/full
Camiolo, M. D., & Luppi, T. A. (2016). Habitat and life’s story of Pachychelles laevidactylus (Crustacea, Anomura, Porcellanidae) in the rocky shore of Mar del Plata, Argentina. Iheringia. Série Zoologia, 106. http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S0073-47212016000100215&script=sci_arttext&tlng=es
Sal Moyano, M. P., Gavio, M. A., McLay, C. L., & Luppi, T. A. (2015). Variation in the post-copulatory guarding behavior of Neohelice granulata (Brachyura, Grapsoidea, Varunidae) in two different habitats. Marine Ecology, 36(4), 1185–1194.
Farías, N. E., Ocampo, E. H., & Luppi, T. A. (2015). On the presence of the deep-sea blind lobster Stereomastis suhmi (Decapoda: Polychelidae) in Southwestern Atlantic waters and its circum-Antarctic distribution. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 42(2), 119–125. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03014223.2015.1013041
Farías, N. E., Luppi, T. A., & Spivak, E. D. (2014). Habitat use, relative growth and size at maturity of the purple stone crab Platyxanthus crenulatus (Decapoda: Brachyura), calculated under different models. Scientia Marina, 78(4), 567–578.
Ocampo, E. H., Farías, N. E., & Luppi, T. A. (2014). New record of the deep-sea crab Ethusina abyssicola from the Mar del Plata Canyon, Argentina. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 41(3), 218–221. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03014223.2014.927773
Sal Moyano, M. P., Gavio, M. A., McLay, C. L., & Luppi, T. A. (2014). Habitat-related differences in the pre-copulatory guarding and copulation behavior of Neohelice granulata (Brachyura, Grapsoidea, Varunidae). Journal of Sea Research, 87, 8–16. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1385110113002438
Sal Moyano, M. P., Silva, P., Luppi, T. A., & Gavio, M. A. (2014). Female mate choice by chemical signals in a semi-terrestrial crab. Journal of Sea Research, 85, 300–307. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1385110113001160
Sánchez Vuichard, G., Farías, N. E., & Luppi, T. A. (2013). Hatching and larval export of the intertidal crab Neohelice granulata in Mar Chiquita coastal lagoon, Argentina. Iheringia. Série Zoologia, 103(2), 124–133. http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S0073-47212013000200007&script=sci_arttext
Sal Moyano, M. P., Luppi, T. A., Gavio, M. A., Vallina, M. V., & McLay, C. (2012). Receptivity of female Neohelice granulata (Brachyura, Varunidae): different strategies to maximize their reproductive success in contrasting habitats. Helgoland Marine Research, 66(4), 661.
Luppi, T. A., Bas, C. C., Méndez Casariego, M. A., Albano, M. J., Lancia, J. P., Kittlein, M. J., Rosenthal, A., Farías, N. E., Spivak, E. D., & Iribarne, O. O. (2012). The influence of habitat, season and tidal regime in the activity of the intertidal crab Neohelice (= Chasmagnathus) granulata. Helgoland Marine Research, 67(1), 1.
Ituarte, R. B., D’Anatro, A., Luppi, T. A., Ribeiro, P. D., Spivak, E. D., Iribarne, O. O., & Lessa, E. P. (2012). Population structure of the SW Atlantic estuarine crab Neohelice granulata throughout its range: a genetic and morphometric study. Estuaries and Coasts, 35(5), 1249–1260.
Sal Moyano, M. P., Gavio, M. A., & Luppi, T. A. (2012). Mating system of the burrowing crab Neohelice granulata (Brachyura: Varunidae) in two contrasting environments: effect of burrow architecture. Marine Biology, 159(7), 1403–1416.
Co-Director
Dra. Bas Claudia Cristina
Researcher CONICET
Teaching assistant
Bas, C. C., Ituarte, R. B., & Kittlein, M. J. (2022). Decapod egg membranes: powerful barriers or regulatory structures? Journal of Experimental Biology, 225(14), jeb244165. https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.244165
Researchers
Dr. Farías Nahuel Emiliano
Researcher CONICET
Teaching assistant
Albani, C. M., Borgo, J., Fabbri, J., Pensel, P., Fasciani, L., Elso, O., Papademetrio, D., Grasso, D., Paladini, A., Beer, M. F., Farías, N. E., Elissondo, N., Gambino, G., Zoppi, J., Sülsen, V., & Elissondo, M. C. (2022). Anthelmintic activity of Stevia multiaristata extract against Echinococcus granulosus sensu stricto. Parasitology, 149(4), 519–528. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0031182021002109
Rumbold, C. E., Chiesa, I. L., & Farías, N. E. (2021). New epibiotic association in the deep-sea: the amphipod Caprella ungulina and the Patagonian lobsterette Thymops birsteini in the South-western Atlantic. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 101(8), 1171–1179. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315422000170
Quiñones-Llópiz, J. D., Rodríguez-Fourquet, C., Luppi, T. A., & Farías, N. E. (2021). Size distribution and sex ratio between populations of the artisanal harvested land crab Cardisoma guanhumi (Decapoda: Gecarcinidae), with the estimation of relative growth and size at sexual maturity in Puerto Rico. Revista de Biología Tropical, 69(3), 898–1003. https://doi.org/10.15517/rbt.v69i3.45570
Farías, N. E., Goya, A. B., Schwindt, E., Obenat, S. M., Dhanji-Rapkova, M., & Turner, A. D. (2019). The invasive sea slug Pleurobranchaea maculata is a vector of two potent neurotoxins in coasts of Argentina. Marine Biology, 166(7), 82. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-019-3529-x
Battini, N., Farías, N. E., Giachetti, C. B., Schwindt, E., & Bortolus, A. (2019). Staying ahead of invaders: using species distribution modeling to predict alien species’ potential niche shifts. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 612, 127–140. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12878
Farías, N. E., Spivak, E. D., & Luppi, T. A. (2017). Functional morphology of the female reproductive system of a crab with highly extensible seminal receptacles and extreme sperm storage capacity. Journal of Morphology, 278(7), 919–935. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmor.20685
Farías, N. E., Wood, S. A., Obenat, S. M., & Schwindt, E. (2016). Genetic barcoding confirms the presence of the neurotoxic sea slug Pleurobranchaea maculata in southwestern Atlantic coast. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 43(3), 292–298. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03014223.2016.1159582
Rumbold, C. E., Lancia, J. P., Vázquez, M. G., Albano, M. J., Farías, N. E., Sal Moyano, M. P., Spivak, E. D., & Obenat, S. M. (2015). Morphological and genetic confirmation of Jassa slatteryi (Crustacea: Amphipoda) in a harbour of Argentina. Marine Biodiversity Records, 8, e37.
Farías, N. E., Obenat, S. M., & Goya, A. B. (2015). Outbreak of a neurotoxic side-gilled sea slug (Pleurobranchaea sp.) in Argentinian coasts. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 42(1), 51–56. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03014223.2014.990045
Farías, N. E., Ocampo, E. H., & Luppi, T. A. (2015). On the presence of the deep-sea blind lobster Stereomastis suhmi (Decapoda: Polychelidae) in Southwestern Atlantic waters and its circum-Antarctic distribution. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 42(2), 119–125. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03014223.2015.1013041
Farías, N. E., Luppi, T. A., & Spivak, E. D. (2014). Habitat use, relative growth and size at maturity of the purple stone crab Platyxanthus crenulatus (Decapoda: Brachyura), calculated under different models. Scientia Marina, 78(4), 567–578.
Ocampo, E. H., Farías, N. E., & Luppi, T. A. (2014). New record of the deep-sea crab Ethusina abyssicola from the Mar del Plata Canyon, Argentina. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 41(3), 218–221. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03014223.2014.927773
Sánchez Vuichard, G., Farías, N. E., & Luppi, T. A. (2013). Hatching and larval export of the intertidal crab Neohelice granulata in Mar Chiquita coastal lagoon, Argentina. Iheringia. Série Zoologia, 103(2), 124–133. http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S0073-47212013000200007&script=sci_arttext
Laitano, M. V., Farías, N. E., & Cledón, M. (2013). Prey preference of the stone crab Platyxanthus crenulatus (Decapoda: Platyxanthidae) in laboratory conditions. Nauplius, 21(1), 17–23. http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S0104-64972013000100003&script=sci_arttext&tlng=pt
Farías, N. E., Meretta, P. E., & Cledón, M. (2012). Population structure and feeding ecology of the bat star Asterina stellifera (Möbius, 1859): Omnivory on subtidal rocky bottoms of temperate seas. Journal of Sea Research, 70, 14–22. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1385110112000172
Luppi, T. A., Bas, C. C., Méndez Casariego, M. A., Albano, M. J., Lancia, J. P., Kittlein, M. J., Rosenthal, A., Farías, N. E., Spivak, E. D., & Iribarne, O. O. (2012). The influence of habitat, season and tidal regime in the activity of the intertidal crab Neohelice (= Chasmagnathus) granulata. Helgoland Marine Research, 67(1), 1.
Dra. Ituarte Romina Belen
Researcher CONICET
Asaro, A., Pinoni, S. A., Lorin-Nebel, C., & Ituarte, R. B. (2023). Transport-related enzymes and osmo-ionic regulation in a euryhaline freshwater shrimp after transfer to saline media. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 101(12), 1101–1114. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjz-2023-0056
Bas, C. C., Ituarte, R. B., & Kittlein, M. J. (2022). Decapod egg membranes: powerful barriers or regulatory structures? Journal of Experimental Biology, 225(14), jeb244165. https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.244165
Gancedo, B. J., & Ituarte, R. B. (2018). Responses to chemical cues indicative of predation risk by the freshwater shrimp Palaemon argentinus (Nobili, 1901) (Caridea: Palaemonidae). Journal of Crustacean Biology, 38(1), 8–12. https://doi.org/10.1093/jcbiol/rux106
Ituarte, R. B., Lignot, J.-H., Charmantier, G., Spivak, E. D., & Lorin-Nebel, C. (2016). Immunolocalization and expression of Na+/K+-ATPase in embryos, early larval stages and adults of the freshwater shrimp Palaemonetes argentinus (Decapoda, Caridea, Palaemonidae). Cell and Tissue Research, 364(3), 527–541.
Giovagnoli, A., Ituarte, R. B., & Spivak, E. D. (2014). Effects of removal from the mother and salinity on embryonic development of Palaemonetes argentinus (Decapoda: Caridea: Palaemonidae). Journal of Crustacean Biology, 34(2), 174–181. http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/1937240x-00002225
Vázquez, M. G., Ituarte, R. B., Bas, C. C., & Spivak, E. D. (2013). Effects of temperature and salinity on the ovarian cycle and the embryonic development of the invasive shrimp Palaemon macrodactylus. Journal of Crustacean Biology, 33(2), 218–223. http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/1937240x-00002128
Ituarte, R. B., D’Anatro, A., Luppi, T. A., Ribeiro, P. D., Spivak, E. D., Iribarne, O. O., & Lessa, E. P. (2012). Population structure of the SW Atlantic estuarine crab Neohelice granulata throughout its range: a genetic and morphometric study. Estuaries and Coasts, 35(5), 1249–1260.
Ituarte, R. B., Nuñez, J. D., Spivak, E. D., & Bas, C. C. (n.d.). Innate responses to con- and heterospecific alarm chemicals in juveniles of a freshwater shrimp. Journal of Zoology, n/a(n/a). https://doi.org/10.1111/jzo.13001
Dr. Nuñez Jesus Dario
Researcher CONICET
Teaching assistant
Dra. Obenat Sandra
Researcher UNMDP
Professor
Bazterrica, M. C., Hidalgo, F. J., Rumbold, C. E., Méndez Casariego, M. A., Jaubet, M. L., Merlo, M. J., César, I. I., Provenzal, M., Addino, M. del S., Barón, P. J., & Obenat, S. M. (2022). Macrofaunal assemblages structure three decades after the first report of the invasive Crassostrea gigas reefs in a soft-intertidal of Argentina. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 270, 107832. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2022.107832
Bazterrica, M. C., Méndez Casariego, M. A., Álvarez, G. I., Obenat, S. M., & Barón, P. J. (2021). Reproductive traits of a nonindigenous amphipod associated with alternative habitat structures in presence of an invasive ecosystem-engineering polychaete. Hydrobiologia, 848(21), 5051–5066. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-021-04692-w
Rumbold, C. E., Battini, N., Giachetti, C. B., Castro, K. L., Obenat, S. M., & Schwindt, E. (2020). Biological invasions in artificial habitats: factors that determine the presence of native and exotic peracarid Crustacea species in Southwestern Atlantic. Marine Biology Research, 16(5), 340–355. https://doi.org/10.1080/17451000.2020.1781187
Bazterrica, M. C., Barón, P. J., Álvarez, G. I., & Obenat, S. M. (2020). Effects of Ficopomatus enigmaticus ecosystem-engineered habitat structure on population parameters of the amphipod Melita palmata: A NIS-NIS interaction study. Marine Ecology, 41(3), e12587. https://doi.org/10.1111/maec.12587
Farías, N. E., Goya, A. B., Schwindt, E., Obenat, S. M., Dhanji-Rapkova, M., & Turner, A. D. (2019). The invasive sea slug Pleurobranchaea maculata is a vector of two potent neurotoxins in coasts of Argentina. Marine Biology, 166(7), 82. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-019-3529-x
Rumbold, C. E., Meloni, M., Doti, B., Correa, N., Albano, M. J., Sylvester, F., & Obenat, S. M. (2018). Two new nonindigenous isopods in the Southwestern Atlantic: Simultaneous assessment of population status and shipping transport vector. Journal of Sea Research, 138, 1–7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seares.2018.04.008
Rumbold, C. E., Obenat, S. M., Velazquez, S. N., Gancedo, B., & Spivak, E. D. (2018). Seasonal variation of peracarid assemblages in natural and artificial marine environments of the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean. Marine Biodiversity, 48(4), 1743–1754. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-017-0663-x
Rumbold, C. E., Barlett, T. R., Gavio, M. A., & Obenat, S. M. (2016). Population dynamics of two invasive amphipods in the Southwestern Atlantic: Monocorophium acherusicum and Ericthonius punctatus (Crustacea). Marine Biology Research, 12(3), 268–277. http://imarest.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17451000.2016.1142091
Farías, N. E., Wood, S. A., Obenat, S. M., & Schwindt, E. (2016). Genetic barcoding confirms the presence of the neurotoxic sea slug Pleurobranchaea maculata in southwestern Atlantic coast. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 43(3), 292–298. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03014223.2016.1159582
Rumbold, C. E., Lancia, J. P., Vázquez, M. G., Albano, M. J., Farías, N. E., Sal Moyano, M. P., Spivak, E. D., & Obenat, S. M. (2015). Morphological and genetic confirmation of Jassa slatteryi (Crustacea: Amphipoda) in a harbour of Argentina. Marine Biodiversity Records, 8, e37.
Rumbold, C. E., Obenat, S. M., & Spivak, E. D. (2015). Comparison of life history traits of Tanais dulongii (Tanaidacea: Tanaididae) in natural and artificial marine environments of the south-western Atlantic. Helgoland Marine Research, 69(2), 231.
Farías, N. E., Obenat, S. M., & Goya, A. B. (2015). Outbreak of a neurotoxic side-gilled sea slug (Pleurobranchaea sp.) in Argentinian coasts. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 42(1), 51–56. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03014223.2014.990045
Rumbold, C. E., Obenat, S. M., Leonardi, M. S., & Spivak, E. D. (2015). Intersex in the gonochoristic crustacean Tanais dulongii (Audouin, 1826)(Peracarida: Tanaidacea: Tanaididae): a comparison of external reproductive characteristics. Journal of Natural History, 49(13–14), 775–788. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00222933.2014.981309
Rumbold, C. E., Obenat, S. M., & Spivak, E. D. (2014). Morphometry and relative growth of populations of Tanais dulongii (Audoin, 1826)(Tanaidacea: Tanaidae) in pristine and impacted marine environments of the southwestern Atlantic. Journal of Crustacean Biology, 34(5), 581–592.
Albano, M. J., da Cunha Lana, P., Bremec, C. S., Elías, R., Martins, C. C., Venturini, N., Muniz, P., Rivero, S., Vallarino, E. A., & Obenat, S. M. (2013). Macrobenthos and multi-molecular markers as indicators of environmental contamination in a South American port (Mar del Plata, Southwest Atlantic). Marine Pollution Bulletin, 73(1), 102–114.
Rumbold, C. E., Obenat, S. M., & Spivak, E. D. (2012). Life history of Tanais dulongii (Tanaidacea: Tanaidae) in an intertidal flat in the southwestern Atlantic. Journal of Crustacean Biology, 32(6), 891–898. http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/1937240x-00002094
Dr. Ocampo Emiliano Hernan
Researcher CONICET
Teaching assistant
Ocampo, E. H., García, M. P., Nuñez, J. D., & Luppi, T. A. (2021). Impact on reproductive performance and body condition in a small limpet parasitized by a large castrator pea crab. Journal of Morphology, 282(11), 1604–1615. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmor.21409
Nuñez, J. D., Ribeiro, P. D., Ocampo, E. H., & Luppi, T. A. (2018). Neohelice granulata burrow fidelity behaviour related to landscape heterogeneity. Helgoland Marine Research, 72(1), 17. https://doi.org/10.1186/s10152-018-0518-2
Nuñez, J. D., Fernández Iriarte, P. J., Ocampo, E. H., Madrid, E., & Cledón, M. (2018). Genetic and morpho-physiological differentiation in a limpet population across an intertidal gradient. Helgoland Marine Research, 72(1), 16. https://doi.org/10.1186/s10152-018-0519-1
Ocampo, E. H., Luppi, T. A., Spivak, E. D., & Klaus, S. (2018). The ontogeny of the female reproductive system in the parasitic castrator pea crab Calyptraeotheres garthi: Implications for its mating system. Journal of Morphology, 279(4), 531–544. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmor.20786
Ocampo, E. H., Spivak, E. D., Baeza, J. A., & Luppi, T. A. (2016). Ontogenetic changes in the external anatomy of the parasitic castrator crab Calyptraeotheres garthi: implications for the timing of host colonization and sexual behaviour. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bij.12854/full
Farías, N. E., Ocampo, E. H., & Luppi, T. A. (2015). On the presence of the deep-sea blind lobster Stereomastis suhmi (Decapoda: Polychelidae) in Southwestern Atlantic waters and its circum-Antarctic distribution. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 42(2), 119–125. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03014223.2015.1013041
Nuñez, J. D., Fernández Iriarte, P. J., Ocampo, E. H., Iudica, C., & Cledón, M. (2015). Deep phylogeographic divergence among populations of limpet Siphonaria lessoni on the east and west coasts of South America. Marine Biology, 162(3), 595–605.
Cledón, M., Nuñez, J. D., Ocampo, E. H., & Sigwart, J. D. (2015). Sexual traits plasticity of the potentially invasive limpet Bostrycapulus odites (Gastropoda: Calyptraeidae) within its natural distribution in South America. Marine Ecology.
Nuñez, J. D., Laitano, M. V., Meretta, P. E., & Ocampo, E. H. (2014). Burrowing behavior of an infaunal clam species after siphon nipping. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 459, 45–50.
Ocampo, E. H., Farías, N. E., & Luppi, T. A. (2014). New record of the deep-sea crab Ethusina abyssicola from the Mar del Plata Canyon, Argentina. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 41(3), 218–221. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03014223.2014.927773
Nuñez, J. D., Ocampo, E. H., & Cledón, M. (2014). A geographic comparison of the resting site fidelity behaviour in an intertidal limpet: Correlation with biological and physical factors. Journal of Sea Research, 89, 23–29.
Nuñez, J. D., Ocampo, E. H., Chiaradia, N. M., Morsan, E., & Cledón, M. (2013). The effect of temperature on the inhalant siphon regeneration of Amiantis purpurata (Lamarck, 1818)(Bivalvia; Veneridae). Marine Biology Research, 9(2), 189–197. http://imarest.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17451000.2012.707323
Ocampo, E. H., Nuñez, J. D., Cledón, M., & Baeza, J. A. (2012). Host-specific reproductive benefits, host selection behavior and host use pattern of the pinnotherid crab Calyptraeotheres garthi. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 429, 36–46. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022098112002298
Ocampo, E. H., Nuñez, J. D., Cledón, M., & Robles, R. (2012). New record of calyptraeid hosts for the pea crab Calyptraeotheres garthi (Fenucci, 1975)(Decapoda, Pinnotheridae) in Argentina. Crustaceana, 85(12–13), 1463–1474. http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/156854012x651682
Dra. Pinoni Silvina Andrea
Researcher CONICET
Asaro, A., Pinoni, S. A., Lorin-Nebel, C., & Ituarte, R. B. (2023). Transport-related enzymes and osmo-ionic regulation in a euryhaline freshwater shrimp after transfer to saline media. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 101(12), 1101–1114. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjz-2023-0056
Díaz Jaramillo, M. J., Pinoni, S. A., Matos, B., Marcoval, M. A., & Diniz, M. S. (2020). Stress responses to warming in the mussel Brachidontes rodriguezii (d’Orbigny, 1842) from different environmental scenarios. Aquatic Toxicology, 228, 105647. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquatox.2020.105647
López Mañanes, A. A., Asaro, A., Méndez, E., Michiels, M. S., & Pinoni, S. A. (2020). Digestive flexibility in Neohelice granulata from the Mar Chiquita coastal lagoon: Characterization and modulation of key enzymes in hepatopancreas. In E. M. Rodriguez & T. A. Luppi (Eds.), Neohelice granulata, a Model Species for Studies on Crustaceans, Volume II. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. https://ri.conicet.gov.ar/handle/11336/128920
Pinoni, S. A., Jerez-Cepa, I., López Mañanes, A. A., & Romero, J. M. M. (2018). The euryhaline crab Uca tangeri showed metabolic differences to sex and environmental salinity. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 98(6), 1465–1475. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315417000601
Pinoni, S. A., & López Mañanes, A. A. (2016). Digestive flexibility in the euryhaline crab Cyrtograpsus angulatus (Decapoda, Brachyura, Varunidae) from Mar Chiquita coastal lagoon (Buenos Aires, Argentina): responses to salinity of key enzymes in hepatopancreas. Pan-American Journal of Aquatic Sciences, 11(4), 345–355. http://www.panamjas.org/pdf_artigos/PANAMJAS_11(4)_345-355.pdf
Pinoni, S. A., Méndez, E., & López Mañanes, A. A. (2015). Digestive flexibility in a euryhaline crab from a SW Atlantic coastal lagoon: alkaline phosphatase activity sensitive to salinity in the hepatopancreas. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 95(06), 1133–1140.
Pinoni, S. A., Michiels, M. S., & López Mañanes, A. A. (2013). Phenotypic flexibility in response to environmental salinity in the euryhaline crab Neohelice granulata from the mudflat and the saltmarsh of a SW coastal lagoon. Marine Biology, 160(10), 2647–2661.
Dr. Ribeiro Pablo Damian
Researcher CONICET
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
Quiñones-Llópiz, J. D., Ribeiro, P. D., Luppi, T. A., Chiaradia, N. M., & Nuñez, J. D. (2021). Artificial light at night (ALAN) mediates transient spatial aggregation of an ecosystem engineer, the crab Neohelice granulata (Dana, 1851) (Decapoda: Brachyura: Varunidae), under different ecological contexts. Journal of Crustacean Biology, 41(4), ruab060. https://doi.org/10.1093/jcbiol/ruab060
Ribeiro, P. D., Navarro, D., & Iribarne, O. O. (2021). Patch use and departure rules by gull-billed tern Gelochelidon nilotica. Behaviour, 158(11), 985–1006. https://doi.org/10.1163/1568539X-bja10105
Nuñez, J. D., Ribeiro, P. D., Ocampo, E. H., & Luppi, T. A. (2018). Neohelice granulata burrow fidelity behaviour related to landscape heterogeneity. Helgoland Marine Research, 72(1), 17. https://doi.org/10.1186/s10152-018-0518-2
Ribeiro, P. D., Navarro, D., Jaureguy, L. M., & Iribarne, O. O. (2018). Mudflat use and predation on male southwestern atlantic fiddler crabs (Uca uruguayensis) by gull-billed terns (Gelochelidon nilotica). Waterbirds, 41(1), 68–72. https://doi.org/10.1675/063.041.0109
Gutiérrez, J. L. C., Jones, C. G., Ribeiro, P. D., Findlay, S. E. G., & Groffman, P. M. (2018). Crab burrowing limits surface litter accumulation in a temperate salt marsh: implications for ecosystem functioning and connectivity. Ecosystems, 21(5), 1000–1012. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10021-017-0200-6
Sal Moyano, M. P., Lorusso, M. I., Nuñez, J. D., Ribeiro, P. D., Gavio, M. A., & Luppi, T. A. (2016). Male size-dependent dominance for burrow holding in the semiterrestrial crab Neohelice granulata: multiple tactics used by intermediate-sized males. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 70(9), 1497–1505. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00265-016-2158-3
Ribeiro, P. D., Christy, J. H., Nuñez, J. D., & Iribarne, O. O. (2016). Hood-building dynamics and mating mode in the temperate fiddler crab Uca uruguayensis Nobili, 1901. Journal of Crustacean Biology, 36(4), 507–514.
Di Virgilio, A., & Ribeiro, P. D. (2013). Spatial and temporal patterns in the feeding behavior of a fiddler crab. Marine Biology, 160(4), 1001–1013.
Ituarte, R. B., D’Anatro, A., Luppi, T. A., Ribeiro, P. D., Spivak, E. D., Iribarne, O. O., & Lessa, E. P. (2012). Population structure of the SW Atlantic estuarine crab Neohelice granulata throughout its range: a genetic and morphometric study. Estuaries and Coasts, 35(5), 1249–1260.
Dra. Vazquez María
Researcher CONICET
Vázquez, M. G., Bas, C. C., & Spivak, E. D. (2016). Ontogeny of salinity tolerance in the invasive shrimp Palaemon macrodactylus (Caridea: Palaemonidae). Journal of Crustacean Biology, 36(2), 214–219.
Rumbold, C. E., Lancia, J. P., Vázquez, M. G., Albano, M. J., Farías, N. E., Sal Moyano, M. P., Spivak, E. D., & Obenat, S. M. (2015). Morphological and genetic confirmation of Jassa slatteryi (Crustacea: Amphipoda) in a harbour of Argentina. Marine Biodiversity Records, 8, e37.
Vázquez, M. G., Bas, C. C., Kittlein, M. J., & Spivak, E. D. (2015). Effects of temperature and salinity on larval survival and development in the invasive shrimp Palaemon macrodactylus (Caridea: Palaemonidae) along the reproductive season. Journal of Sea Research, 99, 56–60. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1385110115000167
Vázquez, M. G., Ituarte, R. B., Bas, C. C., & Spivak, E. D. (2013). Effects of temperature and salinity on the ovarian cycle and the embryonic development of the invasive shrimp Palaemon macrodactylus. Journal of Crustacean Biology, 33(2), 218–223. http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/1937240x-00002128
Vázquez, M. G., & Bas, C. C. (n.d.). Behaviour in a novel environment provides clues to the success of an invasive species. Ethology, n/a(n/a). https://doi.org/10.1111/eth.13371
Graduate Students
Dra. Asaro Antonela
Graduate fellowship
Teaching assistant
Asaro, A., Pinoni, S. A., Lorin-Nebel, C., & Ituarte, R. B. (2023). Transport-related enzymes and osmo-ionic regulation in a euryhaline freshwater shrimp after transfer to saline media. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 101(12), 1101–1114. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjz-2023-0056
López Mañanes, A. A., Asaro, A., Méndez, E., Michiels, M. S., & Pinoni, S. A. (2020). Digestive flexibility in Neohelice granulata from the Mar Chiquita coastal lagoon: Characterization and modulation of key enzymes in hepatopancreas. In E. M. Rodriguez & T. A. Luppi (Eds.), Neohelice granulata, a Model Species for Studies on Crustaceans, Volume II. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. https://ri.conicet.gov.ar/handle/11336/128920
Asaro, A., Paggi, R. A., Del Valle, J. C., & López Mañanes, A. A. (2018). Glucose homeostasis in the euryhaline crab Cytograpsus angulatus: Effects of the salinity in the amylase, maltase and sucrase activities in the hepatopancreas and in the carbohydrate reserves in different tissues. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 216, 39–47. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpb.2017.11.012
Asaro, A., Martos-Sitcha, J. A., Martínez-Rodríguez, G., Mancera, J. M., & López Mañanes, A. A. (2018). In silico analysis and effects of environmental salinity in the expression and activity of digestive α-amylase and trypsins from the euryhaline crab Neohelice granulata. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 96(2), 127–139. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjz-2016-0324
Fernández José Manuel
Graduate fellowship
Carnovale, C. S., Mora, M. S., Merino, M. L., & Fernández, G. P. (2023). Phylogeography and demographic history of the subterranean rodents belonging to the Ctenomys talarum phylogenetic group (Rodentia: Ctenomyidae). Mammalian Biology, 103(6), 561–577. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42991-023-00374-3
Landa, G. F. D., Iglesias, A. E., Brasesco, C., Corti, C., Cecchetto, F., Dominguez, E., Fernández, N., Landa, M. F. D., Garrido, M., Mitton, G. A., Porrini, M., Ramos, F., Revainera, P., Sarlo, E., Marcangeli, J., Eguaras, M., & Maggi, M. (2023). Parasitism and bees: A review of basic concepts from an ecological perspective / Parasitismo y abejas: una revisión de conceptos básicos desde una perspectiva ecológica. Revista de la Sociedad Entomológica Argentina, 82(1), 1–12. https://www.biotaxa.org/RSEA/article/view/76086
Moliné, M. de la P., Díaz Jaramillo, M. J., Aguirre, M. E., Fernández, N. J., Damiani, N., Domínguez, E., Vázquez, M. M., Churio, M. S., & Gende, L. B. (2022). A study of the antioxidant system of Apis mellifera larvae treated with Paenibacillus larvae. Bulletin of Insectology, 75(2), 265–272. http://www.bulletinofinsectology.org/pdfarticles/vol75-2022-265-272moline.pdf
Bruno, D. O., Barrantes, M. E., Lattuca, M. E., Nardi, C. F., Díaz, M. V., Wolinski, L., Sacristán, H. J., Vanella, F. A., & Fernández, D. A. (2022). Temperature and salinity effects on whole-organism and cellular level stress responses of the sub-Antarctic notothenioid fish Patagonotothen cornucola yolk-sac larvae. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry, 48, 321–335. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10695-022-01057-5
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
Quezada, J., Jaque, E., Catalán, N., Belmonte, A., Fernández, A., Isla, F. I., Quezada, J., Jaque, E., Catalán, N., Belmonte, A., & Fernández, A. (2020). Alzamiento cosísmico superficial inesperado en el área de Tirúa-isla Mocha del sur de Chile antes y durante el terremoto de Maule Mw=8,8 de 2010: una probable falla subsidiaria en la placa superior. Andean Geology, 47(2), 295–315. https://doi.org/10.5027/andgeov47n2-3057
Ochoa‐Hueso, R., Borer, E. T., Seabloom, E. W., Hobbie, S. E., Risch, A. C., Collins, S. L., Alberti, J., Bahamonde, H. A., Brown, C. S., Caldeira, M. C., Daleo, P., Dickman, C. R., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Esch, E. H., Eskelinen, A., Fernández, V., Güsewell, S., Gutierrez‐Larruga, B., … Zamin, T. (2020). Microbial processing of plant remains is co-limited by multiple nutrients in global grasslands. Global Change Biology, 26(8), 4572–4582. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15146
Rojo, J. H., Fernández, D. A., Figueroa, D. E., & Boy, C. C. (2020). Phenotypic and genetic differentiation between diadromous and landlocked puyen Galaxias maculatus. Journal of Fish Biology, 96(4), 956–967. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.14285
Fernández, N. J., Damiani, N., Podaza, E. A., Martucci, J. F., Fasce, D., Quiroz, F., Meretta, P. E., Quintana, S., Eguaras, M. J., & Gende, L. B. (2019). Laurus nobilis L. Extracts against Paenibacillus larvae: Antimicrobial activity, antioxidant capacity, hygienic behavior and colony strength. Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences, 26(5), 906–912. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sjbs.2018.04.008
Bruno, D. O., Victorio, M. F., Acha, E. M., & Fernández, D. A. (2018). Fish early life stages associated with giant kelp forests in sub-Antarctic coastal waters (Beagle Channel, Argentina). Polar Biology, 41(2), 365–375. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-017-2196-y
Pérez García Macarena
Graduate fellowship
Robles Rubén Alexis
Graduate fellowship
Romero, M. B., Polizzi, P. S., Chiodi Boudet, L. N., Robles, A. D., Das, K., & Gerpe, M. S. (2017). Metals as chemical tracers to discriminate ecological populations of threatened Franciscana dolphins (Pontoporia blainvillei) from Argentina. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24(4), 3940–3950.
Chiodi Boudet, L. N., Polizzi, P. S., Romero, M. B., Robles, A. D., Marcovecchio, J. E., & Gerpe, M. S. (2015). Histopathological and biochemical evidence of hepatopancreatic toxicity caused by cadmium in white shrimp, Palaemonetes argentinus. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 113, 231–240. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0147651314005314
Romero, M. B., Polizzi, P. S., Chiodi Boudet, L. N., Robles, A. D., Rodríguez Heredia, S., & Gerpe, M. S. (2015). Metalotioneínas y peroxidación lipídica como marcadores para determinar el estado de salud del Pingüino Magallánico crónicamente empetrolado en Argentina. Acta Toxicológica Argentina, 23(1), 15–24.
Ocampo, E. H., Nuñez, J. D., Cledón, M., & Robles, R. (2012). New record of calyptraeid hosts for the pea crab Calyptraeotheres garthi (Fenucci, 1975)(Decapoda, Pinnotheridae) in Argentina. Crustaceana, 85(12–13), 1463–1474. http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/156854012x651682