Scyllarus arctus (Crustacea: Decapoda: Scyllaridae) final stage phyllosoma identified by DNA analysis, with morphological description Journal Article


Author(s): Palero, Ferran; Guerao, Guillermo; Clark, Paul F; Abello, Pere
Article Title: Scyllarus arctus (Crustacea: Decapoda: Scyllaridae) final stage phyllosoma identified by DNA analysis, with morphological description
Affiliation IST Austria
Abstract: Advanced stages of Scyllarus phyllosoma larvae were collected by demersal trawling during fishery research surveys in the western Mediterranean Sea in 2003–2005. Nucleotide sequence analysis of the mitochondrial 16S rDNA gene allowed the final-stage phyllosoma of Scyllarus arctus to be identified among these larvae. Its morphology is described and illustrated. This constitutes the second complete description of a Scyllaridae phyllosoma with its specific identity being validated by molecular techniques (the first was S. pygmaeus). These results also solved a long lasting taxonomic anomaly of several species assigned to the ancient genus Phyllosoma Leach, 1814. Detailed examination indicated that the final-stage phyllosoma of S. arctus shows closer affinities with the American scyllarid Scyllarus depressus or with the Australian Scyllarus sp. b (sensu Phillips et al., 1981) than to its sympatric species S. pygmaeus.
Keywords: DNA barcoding; Achelata; Scyllaridae; slipper lobster; Scyllarus; S. arctus; S. pygmaeus
Journal Title: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Volume: 91
Issue 2
ISSN: 1469-7769
Publisher: Cambridge University Press  
Date Published: 2011-03-01
Start Page: 485
End Page: 492
DOI: 10.1017/S0025315410000287
Notes: Thanks are due to Mrs Judith Girone ́s, Dr Marta Pascual and Dr Enrique Macpherson for encouraging the completion of this study. Thanks are due to Dr Fa ́tima Herna ́ndez for receiv- ing F.P. at the Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Tenerife and Dr Fernando Bordes for receiving F.P. at the Instituto Canario de Ciencias Marinas. We also wish to thank all par- ticipants in the MEDITS_ES 2003, 2004 and 2005 cruises on board the RV ‘Cornide de Saavedra’, from which the studied larvae were collected. This work was supported by a pre-doctoral fellowship awarded by the Autonomous Government of Catalonia to F.P. (2006FIC-00082). Research was funded by projects CGL2006–13423 and CTM2007– 66635 from the Ministerio de Educacio ́n y Ciencia. The authors are part of the research group 2009SGR-636, 2009SGR-655 and 2009SGR-1364 of the Generalitat de Catalunya. F.P. acknowledges EU-Synthesys grant (GB-TAF-4474). Financial support was provided to Guillermo Guerao (post-doctoral fellowship) by the Ministry of Science and Education (INIA).
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