Location: Queenscliff Marine Science Laboratory, Queenscliff, Victoria
Dates: 30 Nov – 3rd Dec., 2012, following the Molluscs 2012 meeting
Workshop organizer: Dr Winston Ponder
Another scientist that assisted in running the workshop was Dr Rosemary Golding.
Micromolluscs comprise a very large proportion of marine molluscan diversity with representatives from most molluscan classes, particularly gastropods and bivalves. However, their identification and study is hampered by a lack of easily accessible information.
This two day workshop will provided participants with a good introduction to the identification and study of micromolluscs and will included the topics listed below.
Outline of Workshop topics
- A general introduction to collection, sorting and preservation of micromolluscs
- Collection of living material in the field.
- Examination of samples and living material.
- Distinguishing micromolluscs from juvenile larger molluscs.
- Identification of groups (orders, families, and in some cases genera) and an introduction to their biology.
- Focus on some of the commoner and more diverse families.
- Introduction to literature and aids to identification of genera and species.
- Some methods for examining micromolluscs – including photography and scanning electron microscopy.
- Given the location of the workshop, the emphasis will be on taxa found in SE and southern Australia.