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Renewed Support to Clarification and Mapping of Norwegian Fauna

In the final round for applications, two projects at the University Museum of Bergen were granted support from the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre.

Artsprosjektet (the Species Project) is headed by the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre and has been assigned the job of filling holes of knowledge about Norwegian fauna and flora. The work will be carried out by staff from Norway and abroad who specialises in different groups of organisms. They may be granted project support on application.

Naked molluscs

One of the new projects in Bergen is titled ”Biodiversity of aplacophoran mollusks in Norway (Mollusca: Solenogastres and Caudofoveata)” and will be headed by Christiane Todt. It will investigate the species diversity of so-called aplacophoran molluscs in Norwegian waters. These consist of two groups of worm-like, marine molluscs without shell: Solenogastres (Neomeniomorpha) and Caudofoveata (Chaetodermomorpha). Barely 40 species of this type of bottom-dwelling animals have previously been reported from our geographical area, but preliminary observations from large, unworked collections indicate that the number of species may double following a more thorough investigation of body plans and genes.

Insects in freshwater and humid habitats

”Insects inhabiting freshwater and humid habitats in Finnmark. Phase II ” is a follow-through of a previous collection project in Finnmark, in which the objective is increased knowledge of certain groups of insects in the northerly areas of Norway. The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) has produced a report on the gathering phase.

The new grant will first and foremost cover further studies on this enormous material which is held at the entomological collections at the Museum. Phase II of the project is headed by Trond Andersen, and many insect experts from different institutions in Norway and from abroad participate in this work. To a certain extent, the investigations also include genetic characterisation of species.