Characterizing meiofauna and planktonic communities of the marine ecosystems always been a hard and time-consuming process due to the size of the individuals, the high diversity of the groups and scarcity of taxonomic specialists.
Species identification is a basic part of ecological and scientific studies. However, species differentiation is time-consuming and demands a comprehensive taxonomic expertise.
Documenting, quantifying and describing morphological characters of species represent the indispensable basis for any taxonomic, systematic and morphological research. A wide variety of imaging techniques for the study of marine protists, plants and animals are available today.