Morphology and molecular analysis of the 18S rRNA gene of oyster shell borers, Polydora species (Polychaeta: Spionidae), from Japan and Australia

Waka Sato-Okoshi, Hirokazu Abe

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Abstract

Nuclear 18S rRNA gene sequences of oyster shell borers, Polydora websteri, P. calcarea and P. haswelli (Polychaeta: Spionidae), were determined for the first time. A wide range of morphological variation, particularly with regard to pigmentation, is observed among these three species. This variation was characterized at the species level. Black pigmentation pattern on the palps is suggested to be a key characteristic for species determination. Polydora websteri and P. haswelli were sister species. This is the first record of P. calcarea from Japan and Australia and P. haswelli from Japan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1279-1286
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Volume93
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Aug 1

Keywords

  • 18S rRNA gene sequences
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Polydora spp.
  • molecular analysis
  • morphology
  • oyster shell borers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science

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