Aquat. Living Resour.
Volume 26, Number 4, October-December 2013
|Page(s)||273 - 280|
|Published online||18 November 2013|
Mitochondrial DNA and morphological identification of Crassostrea zhanjiangensis sp. nov. (Bivalvia: Ostreidae): a new species in Zhanjiang, China
CAS Key Laboratory of Tropical Marine Bio-resources and Ecology,
Guangdong Key Laboratory of Applied Marine Biology, South China Sea Institute of
Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou
a Corresponing author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: 9 July 2013
Accepted: 25 September 2013
Cupped oysters (Ostreidae, genus Crassostrea) occupy nearshore marine and estuarine habitats worldwide, providing many ecosystem goods and services as well as being a commercially important group of bivalves. In this study, the species identification of an “adulterant” oyster with small body size, which is often misidentified as a “young individual” of other sympatric species, including C. sikamea and C. hongkongensis, was determined for the first time, based on molecular markers (partial mitochondrial cox1 and rrnL genes), phylogenetic analysis, and morphometric approaches. This novel species, C. zhanjiangensis, commonly known as the “cat ear oyster” in Guandu (a famous estuarine oyster farming region of Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province, China), appears to potentially influence the efficiency of C. hongkongensis spat collection due to niche competition on spat collection devices. Phylogenetic analyses confirm its status as the most basal taxon of the Indo-Pacific Crassostrea. A comparative study of the shell characteristics of C. zhanjiangensis, and other Crassostrea species revealed several distinctive morphological traits, including a generally smaller body size, a deeply cupped left valve, and a right valve that is convex in adults but flat in young individuals. Other distinctive features of the new species include life cycle traits that are unique compared with the sympatric C. hongkongensis and C. sikamea species, such as a higher growth rate in the fast growth phase after settlement, followed by a significantly slower growth rate and mass mortality during subsequent life stages. This study provides the basic information necessary for further ecological and population genetic studies on this new species.
Key words: Mitochondrial gene / PCR / Molecular identification / Phylogeny / New species / Oyster / crassostrea
© EDP Sciences, IFREMER, IRD 2013
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