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This is to let you know that Department of Biotechnology, Government of India has sanctioned a project to barcode marine molluscs of India as a multi-institutional project involving Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram, Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala and Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute, Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, India. The major objectives of the project are to document the biodiversity and to generate DNA barcode data of marine molluscs of India, with special emphasis on the fauna of southeast and southwest coasts, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar islands. The marine molluscan fauna of India includes about 3,370 species, and 24 species including Cassis cornuta, Charonia tritonis, Conus millnedwardsii), Cypraecassis rufa, Hippopus hippopus, Nautilus pompilus, Tridacna maxima, T. quamosa, Cypraea lamacina, C. mappa, C. talpa, Pleuroploca trapezium, Harpulina arausiaca, Lambis chiragra, L. chiragra arthitica, L. crocea, L. millepeda, L. scorpius. L. truncata, Placenta placenta, Strombus plicatusi, Trochus niloticus and Turbo marmoratus are protected by including them under the Schedule – I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. Dr. Sanil George of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Dr. A. Biju Kumar of University of Kerala and Dr. Patterson Edward of Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute will co-ordinate the programme. The project will be completed in three year period.
We would like to get the input from marine barcoders, especially those involved in molluscan barcoding.