Phylogenetics of the Neogastropoda
(A project supported by the MSF)

Dr. Alexander Fedosov

A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution Rus. Acad. Sci.
Leninsky prospect 33, 119071, Moscow, Russia
E-mail: fedosovalexander@gmail.com
Tel. +7 499 135-18-78

Researcher ID:  0000-0002-8035-1403
ORCID:        J-5400-2015
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=tLh_9v4AAAAJ&hl=en
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alexander_Fedosov

2005-2008    Ph.D. in zoology. A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, RAS, Moscow, Russia.
Thesis: Morphology and evolution of the conoidean family Raphitomidae (Gastropoda; Neogastropoda).
Advisor: Dr. Yuri Kantor.

2000–2005    BS / MS in invertebrate zoology, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia.
Chair of Invertebrate zoology, Department of Biology.
Thesis: Morphogenesis in the colonial hydroid Dynamena pumila (Hydrozoa: Sertulariidae) in the White Sea.
Advisor: Dr. Igor. A. Kosewich.

Professional appointments
2016 – Research fellow, A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Rus. Acad. Sci., Moscow.
2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018  –    Visiting researcher, Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN), Paris, France.
2011– 2016  – Junior research fellow, A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Rus. Acad. Sci., Moscow.
2009 – 2011 – Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.
Advisor: Prof. B.M. Olivera.
2009 –  Postdoctoral Fellow, Marine Science Institute, University of Philippines, Manila.
Project: Molluskan diversity in the Central Philippines.
Advisor: Prof. G.P. Concepcion.



Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Modica, M.V., Gorson, J., Fedosov, A.E., Malcolm, G., Terryn, Y., Puillandre, N., Holford, M. Macroevolutionary analyses suggest environmental factors, not venom apparatus, play key role in Terebridae marine snail diversification. Systematic Biology, published online on 5.09.2019. DOI: 10.1093/sysbio/syz059.

Zaharias P., Pante E., Gey D., Fedosov A., Puillandre N. Data, Time and Money: evaluating the best compromise for inferring molecular phylogenies of non-model animal taxa. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. published online on 19.10.2019. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2019.106660

Zaharias, P., Kantor Yu.I., Fedosov, A.E., Criscione F., Hallan A., Kano Y., Bardin J., Puillandre N. Just the once will not hurt: DNA suggests species lumping over two oceans in deep-sea snails. Zoological journal of the Linnean Society. Published online on 10.03.2020. DOI: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlaa010.

Kantor, Y.l., Kosyan, A.R., Sorokin, P.V., Herbert, D.G. & Fedosov, A.E. Review of the abysso-hadal genus Bayerius (Gastropoda: Neogastropoda: Buccinidae) from the North-West Pacific, with description of two new species. Deep Sea Research I, Published online on 20.03.2020. DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr.2020.103256.

Kantor, Y.l., Kosyan, A.R., Sorokin, P.V. & Fedosov, A.E. On the taxonomic position of Phaenomenella (Neogastropoda: Buccinoidea) with description of two new species. Zoosystema, 42(3): 33-55.

Hallan, A., Criscione, F., Fedosov, A. E. & Puillandre, N. 2020. Bouchetispira ponderi n. sp. (Conoidea: Bouchetispiridae), a new deep-sea gastropod from temperate Australia. Molluscan Research, 40(1): 86-92.

Fassio G., Modica M.V., Mary L., Zaharias P., Fedosov A.E., Gorson J., Kantor Yu.I., Holford M., Puillandre N. Venom diversity and evolution in the most divergent cone snail genus Profundiconus. Toxins, 11, 623. published online on 28.10.2019. DOI: 10.3390/toxins11110623.

Fedosov, A.E., Caballer Gutierrez, M., Buge, B., Sorokin, P.V., Puillandre, N., Bouchet, P. 2020. Mapping the missing branch on the Neogastropoda tree of life: molecular phylogeny of marginelliform gastropods. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 84(4): 440-452.

Fedosov, A.E., Malcolm, G., Terryn, Y., Gorson, J., Modica, M.V., Holford, M., Puillandre, N. 2020. Phylogenetic classification of the family Terebridae (Gastropoda: Mollusca). Journal of Molluscan Studies, 85(4): 859-388.

Fedosov A.E., Achaz G., Puillandre N. 2019. Revisiting use of DNA characters in taxonomy with MolD – a tree independent algorithm to retrieve diagnostic nucleotide characters from monolocus datasets. BioRxiv, published online on 11.11.2019. DOI: 10.1101/838151

Abdelkrim J., Aznar-Cormano L., Buge B., Fedosov A., Kantor Y., Zaharias P., Puillandre N. Delimiting species of marine gastropods (Turridae, Conoidea) using RAD-sequencing in an integrative taxonomy framework. Molecular Ecology. 27: 4591-4611.

Abdelkrim, J., Aznar-Cormano, L., Fedosov, A., Kantor, Y., Lozouet, P., Phuong, M., Zaharias, P., Puillandre, N. Exon-capture based phylogeny and diversification of the venomous gastropods (Neogastropoda, Conoidea). Molecular Biology and Evolution. 35(10): 2355-2374.

Kantor YI, Fedosov AE, Puillandre N. 2018. New and unusual deep-water Conoidea revised with shell, radula and DNA characters. Ruthenica 28 (2): 47-82.

Kantor, Yu. I., Fedosov, A.E., Snyder, M.A., Bouchet, P.2018. Pseudolatirus Bellardi, 1884 revisited, with the description of two new genera and five new species (Neogastropoda: Fasciolariidae). European journal of taxonomy 433, 1 – 57.

Fedosov, A.E., Puillandre, N., Herrmann, M., Kantor Yu. I., Oliverio M., Dgebuadze, P., Modica M.V., Bouchet, P. 2018. The collapse of Mitra: Molecular systematics and morphology of the Mitridae (Gastropoda: Neogastropoda). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 183: 253-337. 1-85. DOI: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlx073.

Puillandre, N., Fedosov A.E., Zaharias, P., Aznar-Cormano L., Kantor Y.I. 2017. A quest for the lost types of Lophiotoma (Gastropoda, Conoidea, Turridae): integrative taxonomy in a nomenclatural mess. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 181: 243-271.

Li, Q., Barghi, N., Lu, A., Fedosov, A. E., Bandyopadhyay, P. K., Lluisma, A. O., Concepcion, G. P., Yandell, M., Olivera, B. M., Safavi-Hemami H. 2017. Divergence of the venom exogene repertoire in two sister species of Turriconus. Genome Biology and Evolution 9(9): 2211-2225.

Kantor Y.I., Fedosov A.E., Puillandre N., Bonillo C., and Bouchet P. 2017. Returning to the roots: Morphology, molecular phylogeny and classification of the Olivoidea (Gastropoda: Neogastropoda). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 180: 493-541.

Fedosov, A.E., Puillandre, N., Herrmann, M., Dgebuadze, P., Bouchet, P. 2017. Phylogeny, systematics and evolution of the family Costellariidae (Gastropoda: Neogastropoda). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 179(3): 541-626.

Fedosov A.E., Stahlschmidt P., Puillandre N., Aznar-Cormano L., Bouchet P. 2017. Not all spotted cats are leopards: Evidence for a Hemilienardia ocellata species complex (Gastropoda: Conoidea: Raphitomidae). European journal of taxonomy, 268: 1-20.

Safavi-Hemami H., Lu A., Robinson S.D., Li Q., Fedosov A.E., Biggs J., Showers Corneli P., Seger J., Yandell M., Olivera B.M. 2016. Venom insulins of cone snails diversify rapidly and track prey taxa. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 33(11): 2924-2934.

Kantor Y.I., Fedosov A.E., Puillandre N., Bouchet P. 2016. Integrative taxonomy approach to Indo-Pacific Olividae: new species revealed by molecular and morphological data. Ruthenica 26 (2): 123-143.

Esin E.V., Fedosov A.E. 2016. The effect of chronic volcanic pollution on the morphometric characteristics of juvenile Dolly Varden (Salvelinus malma W.) on the Kamchatka peninsula. Hydrobiologia, 783: 295-307.

Fedosov V.E., Fedorova A.V., Fedosov A.E., Ignatov M.S. 2016. Phylogenetic inference and peristome evolution in haplolepideous mosses, focusing on Pseudoditrichaceae and Ditrichaceae s l. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 181(2):139-155.

Barkalova V.O., Fedosov A.E., Kantor, Y.I. 2016. Morphology of the anterior digestive system of tonnoideans (Gastropoda: Caenogastropoda) with an emphasis on the foregut glands. Molluscan Research, 36(1): 54-73.

Olivera B.M., Seger J., Horvath M.P., and Fedosov A.E. 2015. Prey-capture Strategies of Fish-hunting Cone Snails: Behavior, Neurobiology and Evolution. Brain, Behavior and Evolution, 86: 58-74.

Fedosov A.E., Puillandre P., Kantor Y.I., Bouchet P. 2015. Phylogeny and systematics of mitriform gastropods (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Neogastropoda). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 175(2): 336-359.

Fedosov A.E., Tiunov A.V., Kiyashko S.I. & Kantor Yu.I. 2014. Trophic diversification in the evolution of predatory marine gastropods of the family Terebridae as inferred from stable isotope data. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 497: 143-156.

Olivera B. M., Showers Corneli P., Watkins M. & Fedosov A. 2014. Biodiversity of cone snails and other venomous marine gastropods: Evolutionary success through neuropharmacology. Annual reviews Animal Biosciences, 2, 487-513.

Fedosov A. E., Stahlschmidt P. 2014. Revision of the genus Thetidos Hedley, 1899 (Gastropoda: Conoidea: Raphitomidae) in the Indo-Pacific with descriptions of three new species. Molluscan research, 34(4): 258-273.

Fedosov A., Olivera B.M., Watkins M. & Barkalova V. 2014. A new species of Casmaria H. Adams & A. Adams, 1853 (Gastropoda, Cassidae) from the Philippines identified by molecular data. European journal of taxonomy, 78: 1-13.

Imperial, J., Cabang A.B., Song J., Raghuraman S., Gajewiak J., Watkins M., Showers-Corneli P., Fedosov A., Concepcion G.P., Terlau H., Teichert R.W., Olivera B.M. 2014. A Family of excitatory peptide toxins from venomous crassispirine snails: using constellation pharmacology to assess bioactivity. Toxicon, 89: 45-54.

Yu.I. Kantor, N. Puillandre, K. Fraussen, A.E. Fedosov, P. Bouchet. 2013. Deep-water Buccinidae (Gastropoda: Neogastropoda) from sunken wood, vents and seeps: molecular phylogeny and taxonomy. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 93(8): 2177–2195.

Fedosov A.E., Moshkovskii S.A., Kuznetzova K.G., Olivera B.M. 2012. Conotoxins: From the Biodiversity of Gastropods to New Drugs. Biomedical Chemistry, 6 (2): 107-122.

Fedosov A.E., Kantor Y.I. 2012. A new species and genus of enigmatic turriform Fasciolariidae from the Central Indo-Pacific (Gastropoda: Neogastropoda). Archiv für Molluskenkunde, 141 (2): 137-144.

Fedosov A., Puillandre N. 2012. Phylogeny and taxonomy of the Kermia–Pseudodaphnella (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Raphitomidae) genus complex: a remarkable radiation via diversification of larval development. Systematics and Biodiversity, 10 (4): 447-477.

Dgebuadze P.Y., Fedosov A., Kantor Y.I. 2012. Host specificity of parasitic gastropods of the genus Annulobalcis Habe, 1965 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Eulimidae) from crinoids in Vietnam, with descriptions of four new species. Zoosystema, 34 (1): 139-155. DOI: 10.5252/z2012n1a6.

Kantor Yu.I., Fedosov A.E., Marin I.N. 2012. An Unusually High Abundance and Diversity of the Terebridae (Gastropoda: Conoidea) in Nha Trang Bay, Vietnam. Zoological Studies, 51 (5): 663-670.

Kilburn R.N., Fedosov A., Olivera B.M. 2012. Revision of the genus Turris Batsch, 1789 (Gastropoda: Conoidea: Turridae) with the description of six new species. Zootaxa, 3244: 1-58.

Fedosov A.E., Watkins M., Showers Corneli P., Heralde F.M., Concepcion G.P., Olivera B.M. 2011. Phylogeny of the Genus Turris: Correlating Molecular Markers with Radular Anatomy and Shell Morphology. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 59: 263-270.

Fedosov A. 2011. Five new species of the genus Lienardia (Conidae: Gastropoda) from the shallow waters of central Philippines. Ruthenica, 21 (2): 123-135.

Fedosov A.E., Kantor Y.I. 2010. Evolution of carnivorous gastropods of the family Costellariidae (Neogastropoda) in the framework of molecular phylogeny. Ruthenica, 20 (2): 117-139.

Olivera B.M., Seronay R., Fedosov A. 2010. Turris babylonia; re-evaluation of a  species complex and description of Turris assyria, new species. Philippine Science Letters, 3 (1): 46-58.

Seronay R.A., Fedosov A.E., Astilla M.A., Watkins M., Saguil N., Heralde F.M., Tagaro S., Poppe G.T., Alino P.M., Oliverio M., Kantor Y.I., Concepcion G.P., Olivera B.M. 2010. Accessing novel conoidean venoms: Biodiverse lumun-lumun marine communities, an untapped biological and toxinological resource. Toxicon, 56: 1257-1266.

Kantor Y.I., Fedosov A.E. 2009. Morphology and development of the valve of Leiblein: Possible evidence for paraphyly of the Neogastropoda. The Nautilus, 123 (3): 73-82.

Kosevich I.A., Fedosov A.E. 2008. Morphogenesis in colonial hydroids: Pulsating rudiment splitting. Russian Journal of Developmental Biology 39 (5), 279-292.

Fedosov A.E., Kantor Y.I. 2008. Toxoglossan gastropods of the subfamily Crassispirinae (Turridae) lacking a radula: with a discussion of the status of the subfamily Zemaciinae. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 74: 27-35.

Fedosov A.E. 2007. Anatomy of accessory rhynchodeal organs of Veprecula vepratica and Tritonoturris subrissoides: new types of foregut morphology in Raphitominae (Conoidea). Ruthenica, 17: 33-41.


Monographs and chapters in collective volumes.

Olivera B.M., Fedosov A.E., Imperial J., Kantor Yu. I. 2017. Physiology of envenomation by conoidean gastropods. In: Saleuddin S, ed. Physiology of Molluscs, Volume 1. New Jersey: Apple Academic Press. 153-188.

Puillandre N, Fedosov AE, Kantor YI. Systematics and Evolution of the Conoidea. In: Evolution of Venomous Animals and Their Toxins. Springer. 1-32. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6727-0_19-1.

Kilburn R.N., Fedosov A., Kantor Yu.I. 2014 The shallow water New Caledonia Drilliidae of genus Clavus Montfort, 1810 (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Conoidea). Zootaxa 3818: 1-69.


Funding and Awards

2019-2022             Research grant of the Russian Science Foundation RNF 19-74-10020 “Molecular evolution of venomous gastropod mollusks”, PI.

2017-2019            National Taxonomy Research Grant (Australian Biological Resource Study) “Into the abyss: systematics and evolution of temperate Australian deep-sea 'turrid' gastropods” PI Dr. Francesco Criscione, AMS. Project collaborator.

2016-2018            Research grant of the Russian Science Foundation RNF 16-14-10118 “Integrative taxonomy as a research tool for estimating diversity of species rich taxa”, Co-PI.

2016            Sokolov’s young and talented scientist’s award (Rus. Acad. Sci).

2014-2015            Research grant of Russian Foundation of the Basic Research Mol-A 14-04-31048 "Phylogeny and morphology of mitriform gastropods", PI.

2014-2018            Research grant of ANR (France) “CONOTAX”, Project collaborator.

2014            Postdoctoral research fellowship ‘Metchnikov’ of the French embassy in Russia.

2009-2011            Postdoctoral fellowship of the University of Utah.

2007, 2005            Travel awards of Unitass Malacologica, and Russian foundation of the basic research.


Peer-review and editorial activities

21 manuscripts revised in 2010-2018 for 8 scientific journals (e.g. Molecular Ecology, Journal of Molluscan Studies, The Nautilus, Archiv für molluskenkunde, Zootaxa, Ruthenica).

Editorial services: Assistant Editor in Ruthenica, Russian Malacological Journal (from 2009).


Teaching, Mentoring and Outreach Experience

Teaching: designed and taught university course on the morphology, systematics and diversity of mollusks (4th year of the Moscow State University, Major zoology), 2008, 2012-2014.

Mentoring: supervised two MS students of the Moscow State University, and co-supervised 2 PhD students of the Institute of Ecology and Evolution (Sofya Zvonareva – 2013-2016 and Varvara Barkalova 2015-2016; main advisor Dr. Yuri Kantor). Supervised one postdoc, 2019-2020.

Outreach activities: 2016-2017. Participate in the University of Utah outreach program in Bohol (the Philippines). The program engages high school students into educational research projects aiming at development of scientific thinking, raising appreciation and awareness of treats to marine biodiversity.


Key Scientific Expeditions

2018, September            “KOUMAC2” (MNHN), Koumac, Northern Province, New Caledonia.

2016, August            “KANACONO” (MNHN), Ile de Pins, Norfolk Ridge, New Caledonia.

2006, 2011–2015 (annually)            Joined Russian-Vietnamese Tropical Center, Nha-Trang, Vietnam.

2014, June            ‘KAVIENG 2014” (MNHN), New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

2013, March-April              “TUHAA PAE 2013” (IRD), Austral Islands, French Polynesia.

2012, November-December            “NIUGINI 2013” (MNHN), Madang, Papua New Guinea.

2011, November-December            “INHACA 2011” (MNHN), Inhaca Is, Southern Mozambique.

2010, May-June            “ATIMO VATAE” (MNHN), Southern Madagascar.



Philippe Bouchet, DSci, Professor,

Department of Systematics and Evolution, MNHN, France


Baldomero M. Olivera, PhD, distinguished professor

University of Utah, USA


Yuri I. Kantor, DSci, Senior scientific researcher,

A.N. Severtzov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Rus. Acad. Sci., Russia