Morphology, ecology and DNA-barcoding distinguish Pupilla pratensis (Clessin, 1871) from Pupilla muscorum (Linnaeus, 1758) (Pulmonata: Pupillidae)
Authors: von Proschwitz, Ted; Schander, Christoffer; Jueg, Uwe; Thorkildsen, Solveig
Source: Journal of Molluscan Studies, Volume 75, Number 4, 25 November 2009 , pp. 315-322(8)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:The taxonomic identity of Pupilla pratensis (Clessin, 1871), normally considered to be an ecophenotype of Pupilla muscorum (Linnaeus, 1758), was investigated using morphological, ecological and molecular data (cytochrome c oxidase subunit I and cytochrome b). We conclude that these two forms represent distinct species. This underused combined approach proves to be a powerful tool in distinguishing among closely related species within the genus Pupilla, and we suggest that it should be more widely adopted when sorting out complexes in other groups.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2009-11-25
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