October 7th, 2022 – After 6 months, the hyperdiverse platform is quite a success! 20 taxonomists are actively identifying our neogastropod vouchers, and so far, they have identified 4,000+ specimens, for a total of 7,000+ proposed identifications. It’s a long road toward the almost 40,000 specimens of neogastropod in the MNHN database, but we are on our way!
October 3rd, 2022 – After a (very) successful Master 2 training program, Allan is now starting his PhD with the ERC team. He will be analysing the many transcriptomes that are already available and those that will be produced over the next year. It’s a great way to test the bioinformatic pipeline he designed during his Master 2 program. Welcome back!
September 30th, 2022 – After two years of hard work sorting, inventorying, verifying labels, imaging, tissue-clipping, etc… several thousands (tens of thousands!) of neogastropod vouchers for the ERC project, Claudia is now leaving the ERC team. Well, she is not going very far: she found a new position in the 3E team (who hosts the ERC team)! Congratulations, Claudia, and thanks for all your work!
September 27th, 2022 – The fieldtrip in Noumea was a success! Five species have been sampled for both genomic and proteomic studies, with a total of c.a. 500 tissue-samples. Our deepest thanks to the divers (Valentin Dutertre, Nicolas Charpin et Serge Rolland), the Lagons Aquarium in Noumea (who hosted our mini-workshop), Maria Vittoria Modica, who dissected all the samples, and for help with logistics (Sébastien Faninoz and Claire Bonneville) Ready for sequencing!
September 5th, 2022 – Valentin Dutertre, Nicolas Charpin and Serge Rolland (from left to right) are currently diving in New Caledonia, around Noumea, to collect samples for the ERC project. On the menu: Conus striatus, Conus magus, Oliva amethystina and one species of Cancellariidae (to be identified). Over the next few days, they will also be night diving to collect marginellids, which suck the blood of parrot fish at night. Good luck!
August 29th, 2022 – Claudia and Melanie have made great progress in curating the neogastropod collection. In just under two years they have processed over 32500 specimens and posted 9150 new images to the database. Most of the existing collection will likely be inventoried by the end of the year. We look forward to processing all new arrivals!
August 1st – 5th, 2022 – The WCM 2022 was also the opportunity for Sarah to present her results. Using the two genomes obtained during the ERC project, she demonstrated that these genomes experienced a whole genome duplication, and proposed the hypothesis that this event may have triggered the apparition of toxin-coding genes and favored the diversification of the neogastropods.
August 1st – 5th, 2022 – During the WCM 2022, Thomas presented the pipeline he developed to identify conserved exons to reconstruct the neogastropod phylogeny. His poster also included preliminary results, with a phylogeny of Conoidea, Mitroidea and Buccinoidea including c.a. 380 taxa. In the picture, he is detailing his results to Maria Vittoria Modica.
August 1st – 5th, 2022 – Sarah, Thomas and Nico participated and presented their results at the World Congress of Malacology (WCM) in Munich. Sarah’s talk and Thomas’ posters will be detailed in other news; Nico presented a poster on the neogastropod sampling strategy for the ERC. Several partners of the ERC project also presented results: Alexander Fedosov presented his phylogeny of neogastropods, Maria Vittoria presented her work on the hematophagous neogastropod Cumia reticulata and Yuri Kantor presented a summary of Philippe Bouchet’s work on neogastropods, as part of the symposium organized in Philippe’s honor, for his retirement.
July 8th, 2022 – This week we organized the mitriform workshop: 7 taxonomists from the US, Australia, Italy, Russia, the Netherlands and Taiwan identified almost 4,000 samples of Mitridae, Costellariidae, Charitodoronidae, Volutomitridae and Ptychatractidae. Dozens of new species were revealed, enough work for several years to come… Our sincerest thanks to Aart Dekker, Alexander Fedosov, Sandro Gori, Shih I Huang, Max Marrow, Gary Rosenberg, Richard Salisbury, with the help of Claudia, Tanya and Philippe!
June 29th 2022 – Thomas just published his first article as part of his PhD! This is nothing less than the most complete phylogeny of the Neogastropoda published so far, based on mitogenomes. You can learn more here:
May 14th 2022 – Nicolas Puillandre and Philippe Bouchet organized a meeting with amateur malacologists from Germany, Switzerland, Malta and Italy, held at La Sapienza University in Rome. We invited them to sort the huge collection of turrids, making it available for integrative taxonomy. Most of them answered yes! From left to right: Giulia Fassio, Maria Vittoria Modica, Philippe Bouchet, Giacomo Chiappa, Luigi Romani, Emanuel Tardy, Italo Nofroni, Nicolas Puillandre, Roberto Ardovini, Peter Stahlschmidt (top), Andrea Napo, Marco Oliverio (Photographer: Daniele Pellegrini; departed before the picture: Walter Renda, Carlo Smriglio).
April 25th 2022 – We are proud to announce the official launch of the Hyperdiverse Platform!
Accessible through the project website (www.hyperdiverseproject.com/specimens-single-page), this platform allows taxonomists, whether amateur or professional, to propose identifications for all the specimens that will be studied during the project. These identifications will be uploaded to the MNHN collection database and will serve as a basis for the integrative taxonomy and phylogeny studied performed during the ERC project.
March 10th 2022 - The Buccinoidea was one of the last superfamilies of neogastropods that needed to be revised using molecular data – this is now complete! If you want to learn more about this and check out the 5 new families and 1 new subfamily, follow this link: https://academic.oup.com/zoolinnean/article-abstract/194/3/789/6323346
March 1st 2022 - We now welcome Allan Ringeval, a 2nd year Master’s student from the Université de Lille. He will join our team for a 6-month training session. Allan will be in charge of refining our toxin detection pipeline for neogastropod transcriptomes in order to increase our capacity to detect novel toxins and compare toxin diversity among species with greater precision. Welcome to the team!
December 9th 2021 - The past 3 weeks were devoted to processing the mollusc material collected during the 2018 and 2019 shore-based expeditions in Koumac, New Caledonia, with Nicolas Puillandre, Claudia Ratti, Barbara Buge, Elisa Nocella, Béatrice Quinet, Maria Vittoria Modica and Mélanie Van Weddingen (from left to right). More than 8,000 shells were dried, packed, sorted by family and by MNHN number, and then databased. This includes 2,700 neogastropods, that are currently being sequenced by Dario, adding to the 25,000 specimens of neogastropods already databased and analysed in the framework of the ERC.
November 5th 2021 - Today was the last day of the Columbellidae workshop, the first taxonomic workshop organized within the framework of the ERC. More than 2200 specimens were identified and 250 were tissue-clipped and are ready for sequencing. A few dozen potential new species were revealed – we have our work cut out for us for the next few years! Thank you to Marta, Ellen, Kevin, Philippe and Claudia!
November 2nd 2021 - Sarah is now part of the ERC team and she will take on the assembly and annotation of the genomes. Two genomes are already available and ready to be processed, and two others will be sequenced in the following weeks. Good luck and welcome!
October 1st 2021 - Mélanie is joining our team to help Claudia in photographying the thousands of neogastropod samples that are being studied in the framework of the project. Welcome!
September 29th 2021 - DNA sequencing revealed 6 new species of Cochlespiridae (Conoidea), described here: https://europeanjournaloftaxonomy.eu/index.php/ejt/article/view/1509/5111
July 7th 2021 - We analysed the transcriptomes of two divergent lineages of cone snails (including Pygmaeconus, illustrated here, 5mm only!) with similarity- and structure-based approaches and discovered novel toxins! Check it here: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspb.2021.1017
July 5th 2021 - Carmen Tucci, an Erasmus+ student from the University of Trieste, is joining the HYPERDERVE TEAM for 3 months. She will work on the transcriptomes of several glands of a cone snail, Conus virgo. Welcome!
May 25th 2021 - Nico and Maria-Vittoria are currently in the field collecting samples for the genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic analyses. So far, we found Monoplex corrugatus and Stramonita haemastoma; their genomes were recently sequenced but replicates were needed for the transcriptomic and proteomic analyses. We are also targeting other species, such as Columbella rustica (very common) and Pusia ebenus, and hope to have luck again in the next few days!
March 29th 2021 - Despite the lockdown and pending new sanitary restrictions, things are progressing! Claudia announces that she has processed 8400 specimens and added 3700 new photographs to the database. Meanwhile, Dario has tissue-clipped 2500 samples, ready to be sequenced as soon as the lab re-opens. The first 2 genomes of the project have been sequenced, and Alessandro and Thomas are analysing them as we speak - the preliminary assemblies look very promising! And finally, Tanya has submitted the first Data Management Plan to the ERC. More coming soon!
March 2nd 2021 - It is Alessandro's turn to join the HYPERDIVERSE team! His first work will be to assemble the first genomes - the data are arriving! Good luck and welcome!
January 5th 2021 - Thomas Lemarcis joins the team! He is starting his PhD on the phylogeny of neogastropod, with a special emphasis on Raphitomidae and the sequencing of old-collection samples. Let's hope that the covid situation will improve soon to start the lab work asap!
January 5th 2021 - In 3 months, Claudia already sorted and updated the database for more than 2,500 samples of neogastropods! Only a few tens of thousands to go ;)
November 4th 2020 Welcome to Dario (Research ingeneer)! Unfortunately, his arrival in the project coincide with the second lockdown in France... Consequently, the lab work will have to wait a little bit - in the meantime, we play in silico with the available COI sequences!
October 26th 2020 Last week was the opportunity for Nico and Maria Vittoria to collect fresh material for the ERC, as part of the "La Planète Revisitée" expedition in Corsica. On the picture, Maria Vittoria is dissecting a sample of Monoplex (Cymatiidae, Tonnoidea) to preserve it in liquid nitrogen for genomic and transcriptomic sequencing. You can follow the expedition here: laplaneterevisitee-corse.mnhn.fr
October 7th 2020: Today was organized the kick-off meeting of the project! Due to the sanitary crisis, a limited number of persons enjoyed a short presentation of the project, both on the scientific and administrative sides, followed by a little drink.
October 1st 2020: Welcome to Tanya (Project Manager) and Claudia (Collection Manager), who join Nicolas Puillandre to constitute the ERC HYPERDIVERSE team V1.0! The work thus officially started with the first administrative tasks (the first one being the organization of the kick-off meeting) and the curation of the samples of the Tonnoidea superfamily.
October 1st 2020: Official starting date of the HYPERDIVERSE project! In spite of the difficult sanitary conditions, the HYPERDIVERSE project has officially started! Let’s hope that these 5 upcoming years will be fruitful, both for the project in itself, with significant progress toward a better understanding of the evolution of the neogastropods, and for the members of the project in terms of personal achievements!