Future perspectives of DNA barcoding in marine zooplanktons and invertebrates

Farhina Pasha, Shalini Saggu, Maryam Fahad Albalawi

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The World registry of marine species as of May, 2015 show 229,409 accepted species; of which 220,461 checked (96 %) 421,632 species names including synonyms 527,721 taxon names. Therefore there was a desperate need for developing new molecular method for clarifying obscurities in customary taxonomy. As most of the organisms in marine habitat are microscopic, sample size is large, and most of all the sample preservation is a tricky and expertise requiring job, marine taxonomic identification progress has been very slow. Therefore there was an urgent need of “fast, simple, reliable and inexpensive” method for identification of marine diversity and the answer came as a technique known as “DNA Barcoding”. DNA barcoding has emerged as an ideal technique for taxonomic identification of marine taxa, as morphological characters are less reliable and often lead to cryptic species overlapping. Combining genomic study with DNA barcode can be a very effective solution. With all the advantages and limitations there is a strong implementation of DNA barcode on large scale barcode campaigns that will provide enormous amount of data for proper marine taxonomy especially in marine invertebrates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDNA Barcoding in Marine Perspectives
Subtitle of host publicationAssessment and Conservation of Biodiversity
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319418407
ISBN (Print)9783319418384
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Biodiversity
  • Cytochrome oxidase gene
  • DNA barcoding
  • Marine invertebrates
  • Species identification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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