The Marine Organism Taxonomy (MOTax) core facility has launched a series of International Summer Schools (BENTACS - BENthos TAxonomy CourseS) focused on the taxonomy of the main groups of zoo-benthos from soft-bottom communities in the Mediterranean Sea. 

The courses will target in particular researchers and technicians from scientific institutions and from national/regional environmental agencies interested in the study of benthos biodiversity and ecology. A combination of lectures and microscope sessions will provide participants with a general theoretical framework and practical experience.

The first MOTax course will provide an advanced training on the taxonomy and identification of Polychaetes. It will be held at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (SZN) in Naples on 24-28 October 2022. 

Participants will be guided by expert taxonomists into the examination of preserved collections from different Mediterranean regions, as well as into the identification of their own samples. The course will offer an opportunity to discuss new challenges and perspectives into the fields of Polychaetes taxonomy and ecology.

Theoretical lessons

  • Ecological role of Polychaetes

  • General aspects of Polychaete biodiversity, species complexes, cryptic diversity

  • Alien species

Practical lessons

  • Criteria for species identification in the following families: Sabellidae, Sabellaridae, Serpulidae, Aphroditoidea, Eunicidae, Lumbrineridae, Onuphidae, Capitellidae, Magelonidae, Paraonidae, Spionidae, Cirratulidae, Glyceridae, Nepthydae e Terebellidae
  • Alien species 

Eligibility & fee

The course is open to 20 participants with documented experience in taxonomy and identification of polychaetes. The participation fee is 450 euros per person (coffee breaks, lunches and social dinner included).


  • Applications: deadline 15 June 2022
  • Participant notification: 15 July 2022
  • Registration and payment due by: 30 July 2022



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