Data from: DNA metabarcoding for high-throughput monitoring of estuarine macrobenthic communities

Jorge Lobo, Shadi Shokralla, Maria Helena Costa, Mehrdad Hajibabaei & Filipe Costa
Morphology-based profiling of benthic communities has been extensively applied to aquatic ecosystems' health assessment. However, it remains a low-throughput, and sometimes ambiguous, procedure. Despite DNA metabarcoding has been applied to marine benthos, a comprehensive approach providing species-level identifications for estuarine macrobenthos is still lacking. Here we report a combination of experimental and field studies to assess the aptitude of COI metabarcoding to provide robust species-level identifications for high-throughput monitoring of estuarine macrobenthos. To investigate the...
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