[Taxacom] New species of the future

JF Mate aphodiinaemate at gmail.com
Tue Oct 29 16:22:05 CDT 2013

I´m with Stephen on this one, but I would go further and ask if it´s really
the future. I like the CT 3D type although I just don´t see it becoming
mainstream in the medium term. My biggest doubt though is, why the
transcriptome? It is quite expensive to do (unless you happen to have next
gen equipment, but still not cheap) and it is not really diagnostic, not in
the same way as a genome probably is (not many around to tell really), and
since BGI has proposed the million genome project, wouldn´t it have made
more sense to wait and do the full genome? I have checked the BGI website
and there is no Myriapod listed (though there are two Chilopods). The
sampling a bit off too but I am somewhat befuddled Eupolybothrus is not
there (or at least another Myriapod).


On 29 October 2013 11:42, Lyubomir Penev <lyubo.penev at gmail.com> wrote:

> *Eupolybothrus cavernicolus*, a cave-dwelling centipede discovered in a
> remote karst region of Croatia, has become the first new eukaryotic species
> described with fully sequenced transcriptomic profile, DNA barcoding ,
> detailed anatomical X-ray micro-tomography (micro-CT), and a movie of the
> living specimen, all this in addition to the conventional morphological
> description, photos and SEM images.
> This, most data-rich species description, represents also the first
> biodiversity project that joins the ISA (Investigation-Study-Assay)
> Commons, that is an approach created by the genomic and molecular biology
> communities to store and describe different data types collected in the
> course of a multidisciplinary study.
> Details are available through the following links:
> Original article:*Eupolybothrus cavernicolus* Komerički & Stoev sp. n.
> (Chilopoda: Lithobiomorpha: Lithobiidae): the first eukaryotic species
> description combining transcriptomic, DNA barcoding and micro-CT imaging
> data <http://biodiversitydatajournal.com/articles.php?id=1013>
> GigaScience editorial: Biodiversity research in the "big data" era: *
> GigaScience* and Pensoft work together to publish the most data-rich
> species description <http://www.gigasciencejournal.com/content/2/1/14>
> Press release: The cyber-centipede: From Linnaeus to big
> data<http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/pp-tcf102513.php>
> More on the ISA approach:Toward interoperable bioscience
> data<http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v44/n2/full/ng.1054.html>
> Cheers,
> Lyubomir
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