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  1. Výsledky pr?zkumu m?kkýš? (Mollusca: Gastropoda, Bivalvia) v okolí m?sta Blatná v jihozápadních ?echách.

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    Bogusch, P.; Dvo?ák, L.; Hlavá?, Jaroslav

    2008-01-01

    Ro?. 7, - (2008), s. 33-46. ISSN 1336-6939 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : Mollusca * Gastropoda * Bivalvia * faunistics * Blatná, Bohemia Subject RIV: EG - Zoology http://mollusca.sav.sk/pdf/7/7.Bogusch.pdf

  2. Neuromuscular development of Aeolidiella stephanieae Valdéz, 2005 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Nudibranchia)

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    Kristof, Alen; Klussmann-Kolb, Annette

    2010-01-01

    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Studies on the development of the nervous system and the musculature of invertebrates have become more sophisticated and numerous within the last decade and have proven to provide new insights into the evolutionary history of organisms. In order to provide new morphogenetic data on opisthobranch gastropods we investigated the neuromuscular development in the nudibranch Aeolidiella stephanieae Valdéz, 2005 using immunocytochemistry as well as F-actin labelling in conjunction with confocal laser scanning microscopy (cLSM). RESULTS: The ontogenetic development of Aeolidiella stephanieae can be subdivided into 8 stages, each recognisable by characteristic morphological and behavioural features as well as specific characters of the nervous system and the muscular system, respectively. The larval nervous system of A. stephanieae includes an apical organ, developing central ganglia, and peripheral neurons associated with the velum, foot and posterior, visceral part of the larva. The first serotonergic and FMRFamidergic neural structures appear in the apical organ that exhibits an array of three sensory, flask-shaped and two non-sensory, round neurons, which altogether disappear prior to metamorphosis. The postmetamorphic central nervous system (CNS) becomes concentrated, and the rhinophoral ganglia develop together with the anlage of the future rhinophores whereas oral tentacle ganglia are not found. The myogenesis in A. stephanieae begins with the larval retractor muscle followed by the accessory larval retractor muscle, the velar or prototroch muscles and the pedal retractors that all together degenerate during metamorphosis, and the adult muscle complex forms de novo. CONCLUSIONS: Aeolidiella stephanieae comprises features of the larval and postmetamorphic nervous as well as muscular system that represent the ground plan of the Mollusca or even the Trochozoa (e. g. presence of the prototrochal or velar muscle ring). On the one hand, A. stephanieae shows some features shared by all nudibranchs like the postmetamorphic condensation of the CNS, the possession of rhinophoral ganglia and the lack of oral tentacle ganglia as well as the de novo formation of the adult muscle complex. On the other hand, the structure and arrangement of the serotonergic apical organ is similar to other caenogastropod and opisthobranch gastropods supporting their sister group relationship.

  3. Los moluscos terrestres (Mollusca: Gastropoda) de Costa Rica: clasificación, distribución y conservación

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    Zaidett, Barrientos Llosa.

    1165-11-01

    Full Text Available Los moluscos terrestres son un grupo muy poco estudiado a nivel mundial. Hay 183 especies reportadas para Costa Rica, 30% son endémicas y 7% posiblemente están extintas. Se espera que en el país haya alrededor de 400 especies, de más del 95% se desconoce su biología, ecología, distribución, genética [...] y otros campos de estudio. En Costa Rica las familias con mayor número de especies son Spiraxidae, Orthalicidae y Subulinidae. No obstante, es posible que Euconulidae sea aun más diversa, pues habitan las zonas altas del país que es en donde menos trabajo se ha hecho. El estudio de regiones altas aumentará el porcentaje de endemismo. Los futuros trabajos malacológicos taxonómicos, biológicos y ecológicos deben considerar la poca movilidad de este grupo, su tendencia a formar especies nuevas en simpatría, la especificidad de requerimientos de microhábitat, el hermafroditismo, la alta tasa de evolución (10% por millón de años) y la divergencia entre especies (2-30%). Para proteger adecuadamente la biodiversidad de la malacofauna costarricense, se requiere de estudios que determinen la distribución y abundancia de las especies y el efecto del uso de la tierra y del climático. Abstract in english Terrestrial mollusks (Mollusca: Gastropoda) of Costa Rica: classification, distribution and conservation. Terrestrial mollusks are poorly known worldwide. The country has 183 reported species, 30% endemic and 7% are probably extinct. About 400 species are expected to inhabit the country. Biology, ec [...] ology, distribution, genetics and other areas of research are unknown for more than 95% of the species. The most diverse families are Spiraxidae, Orthalicidae and Subulinidae. However, the family that may have more species is Euconulidae. Euconulids inhabit the highlands, where less work has been done. The study of species of highlands will also rise the endemism rate. Future taxonomic, biological and ecological work should consider their low vagility, tendency to produce new taxa in sympatry, specific microhabitat requirements, hermaphroditism, high evolutionary rate (10% per million years), and divergence between species (2 to 30%). Urgent studies to protect the Costa Rican malacofauna include: distribution, abundance, effect of land use and climate changes on populations. Rev. Biol. Trop. 58 (4): 1165-1175. Epub 2010 December 01.

  4. Subulina octona (Bruguière, 1798) – a new greenhouse species for the Czech Republic (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Subulinidae)

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    Lucie Ju?i?ková

    2006-01-01

    The occurrence of land snail Subulina octona (Bruguière 1798) (Gastropoda: Subulinidae) is reported from the Czech Republic greenhouse for the first time. Molluscan communities of two new Bohemian greenhouses are characterized.

  5. Pomacea canaliculata (Mollusca, Gastropoda) in Patagonia: potential role of climatic change in its dispersion and settlement / Pomacea canaliculata (Mollusca, Gastropoda) na Patagônia: o papel potencial da mudança climática em sua dispersão e estabelecimento

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    G., Darrigran; C., Damborenea; A., Tambussi.

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1822) (Mollusca Gastropoda) mostra um grande alcance de distribuição natural na América do Sul, chegando até os 37º S (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Esta espécie foi introduzida propositalmente no sudeste da Ásia, por volta de 1980 e, mais tarde, se submeteu a uma dispersã [...] o de forma rápida intencional ou acidental em muitos países da região. Também foi introduzido na América do Norte, América Central e Havaí. Nesta contribuição se confere a presença de P. canaliculata na Patagônia e se considera a influência das alterações climáticas no novo estabelecimento desta espécie no local referido. Três coletas (entre setembro de 2004 até abril de 2005) foram realizadas (38º 58' 20.2" S and 68º 11' 27.3" W). Nelas encontraram-se dois exemplares adultos de P. canaliculada e numerosas desovas. P. canaliculata distribui-se naturalmente nas regiões das Bacias do Prata e Amazonas. O limite sul desta espécie foi estabelecido nas isotermas de 14 ºC e 16 ºC na província de Buenos Aires, com precipitações de 900 a 600 mm. Também são analisadas as variações na temperatura anual e a precipitação na Patagônia. As médias de temperatura mostram um aumento no decorrer de dois anos. Modificações importantes no regime de precipitação no norte da Patagônia poderiam ser benéficas para o estabelecimento das populações de P. canaliculata nesta nova área, onde as precipitações aumentaram o suficiente até atingir os valores similares aos da região mais austral citada para a distribuição desta espécie. Abstract in english Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1822) (Mollusca Gastropoda) shows a large native distribution range in South America, reaching as far south as 37º S (Buenos Aires, Argentina). This species was deliberately introduced into Southeast Asia around 1980 and subsequently underwent a rapid intentional or ac [...] cidental dispersal into many countries in the region. It was also introduced into North and Central America and Hawaii. In this contribution we record the presence of P. canaliculata in Patagonia, assessing the possible influence of climatic change in the new establishment of this species there. Three samplings (between September 2004 and April 2005) were carried out at 38º 58' 20.2" S-68º 11' 27.3" W. In the sampling we found two adult specimens of P. canaliculata and numerous egg clutches. Pomacea canaliculata is naturally distributed in the Plata and Amazon Basins. The southern boundary of this species has been established as the isotherms of 14 ºC and 16 ºC in Buenos Aires province, and precipitations of 900 to 600 mm/year. This study also analysed variations in annual temperature and precipitation in Patagonia. Average temperatures show an increase over the years, although not constantly. Important modifications in precipitation regime in northern Patagonia, triggered by global climatic changes, could be beneficial for the settlement of populations of P. canaliculata in this new area, where precipitation increased enough to reach values similar to those in the southernmost area of distribution of this species.

  6. Thecosomata e Gymnosomata (Mollusca, Gastropoda) da cadeia Fernando de Noronha, Brasil / Thecosomata and Gymnosomata (Mollusca, Gastropoda) from Fernando de Noronha chain, Brazil

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    Maria Eduarda de, Larrazábal; Valdeni Soares de, Oliveira.

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english The Mollusca Pteropoda from Fernando de Noronha Chain Northeastern Brazil were studied in order to know their taxonomy and distribution. Collections were carried out during the I Oceanographical Expedition of the REVIZEE Program (Live Resources of the Economical Exclusive Zone) from August to Septem [...] ber 1995. The studied area is located between 03°04'S-04°23'S and 32°19'W-36°26'W, comprising 35 stations. Sampling was performed through oblique hauls from 50m depth to surface and from 100 m depth to surface, with a Bongo net (300 and 500 µm mesh size, net diameter: 60 cm), that was equipped with a flow meter. Samples in a total of 99 were preserved, immediately, in buffered 4% formaldehyde. Qualitative and quantitative analyses of the samples were performed based on total sample. The samples were analysed on a counting plate "Bogorov" type under a stereo microscope. A total of 8,258 organisms were identified belonging to: 8 families, 16 genera and 27 species. Limacina inflata (d´Orbigny, 1836) and Creseis virgula (Rang, 1828) were frequent and very frequent in the area outranking among the studied Pteropoda. The total density varied from 2.5 to 3,012.05 org.m-³. Highest richness was registered at the Continental Shelf and Slope with 1two species. The Pteropoda association showed higher differences between day and night collections. Limacina inflata caused this difference due to its higher density at night collections and it was independent of the depth, mesh size and temperature. Creseis virgula had its occurrence, mainly, during day time.

  7. Konchologické nálezy (Mollusca: Gastropoda et Bivalvia) z ran? st?edov?kých objekt? v Žalov? u Prahy.

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    Hlavá?, Jaroslav

    Vol. 1. Praha : Archeologický ústav AV ?R, 2012 - (Tomková, K.), s. 342-347 ISBN 978-80-87365-48-9 R&D Projects: GA AV ?R IAAX00020701 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : Middle Ages * Mollusca * cauri * molluscs Subject RIV: EG - Zoology

  8. Effects of thermal effluents on the population dynamics of Physa gyrina Say (Mollusca: Gastropoda) at Lake Wabamun, Alberta

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    Effects of thermal effluents on the population dynamics of Physa gyrina Say (Gastropoda: Pulmonata) were studied at Lake Wabamun, Alberta, from May 1971 to August 1973. Thermal effluent increased the rate of development of eggs and the growth of P. gyrina, and allowed continuous reproductive activity throughout the year. These changes, and the increased period of growth of aquatic macrophytes, resulted in increased population densities of P. gyrina in the heated area during summer. Temperatures below 10 deg C or small amounts of vegetation appear to limit the population of P. gyrina in winter. (author)

  9. Gastropoda (Mollusca) associated to Sargassum sp. beds in São Sebastião Channel - São Paulo, Brazil / Gastropoda (Mollusca) associados a bancos deSargassum sp. no Canal de São Sebastião - São Paulo, Brasil

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    Pedro Augusto dos Santos, Longo; Marjorie Cattaneo, Fernandes; Fosca Pedini Pereira, Leite; Flávio Dias, Passos.

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available O fital é caracterizado pela formação de bancos de algas marinhas e uma grande diversidade de espécies associadas, estando a malacofauna entre seus principais componentes. Com o objetivo de registrar as assembleias de gastrópodes associadas è alga parda Sargassum C. Agardh, 1820, este estudo foi rea [...] lizado no Canal de São Sebastião, litoral norte do estado de São Paulo, e áreas próximas. Um total de 13945 indivíduos foram identificados, pertencentes a 35 famílias e 62 espécies. Em termos de abundância, Cerithiidae, Phasianellidae e Columbellidae foram as famílias mais representativas, com 34, 33 e 17% do total de indivíduos coletados, respectivamente. Bittiolum varium (Pfeiffer, 1840) (Cerithiidae) e Eulithidium affine (C. B. Adams, 1850) (Phasianellidae) foram as espécies dominantes, seguidas pelos columbelídeos Mitrella dichroa (G. B. Sowerby I, 1844), Anachis fenneli Radwin, 1968 e Costoanachis sertulariarium (d'Orbigny, 1839). Entre as espécies pouco abundantes, algumas podem ser consideradas como de ocorrência ocasional, enquanto outras parecem ser típicas deste ambiente, porém raras. A presença de formas juvenis mostrou-se muito recorrente para a maioria das espécies, o que parece indicar que a alga pode atuar como berçário. Os valores expressivos encontrados, tanto para a abundância de indivíduos como para o número de espécies, ilustram a grande importância ecológica apresentada por este ambiente para as espécies de gastrópodes. Abstract in english The phytal is characterized by the formation of seaweed beds and a great diversity of associated species, the malacofauna being one of its main components. Aiming to record the species of Gastropoda associated to the brown algae Sargassum sp. C. Agardh, 1820, this study was carried out in São Sebast [...] ião Channel, northern coast of São Paulo, and nearby areas. A total of 13945 individuals were identified, belonging to 35 families and 62 species. Cerithiidae, Phasianellidae and Columbellidae were the most abundant families, represented by 34, 33 and 17% of the total collected individuals, respectively. Bittiolum varium (Pfeiffer, 1840) (Cerithiidae) and Eulithidium affine (C. B. Adams, 1850) (Phasianellidae) are the dominant species, followed by the columbelids Mitrella dichroa (G. B. Sowerby I, 1844), Anachis fenneli Radwin, 1968 and Costoanachis sertulariarium (d'Orbigny, 1839). Among the least abundant species, some of them may be considered as of fortuitous occurrences, while others seem to be typical in those habitats, although rare. The presence of juvenile specimens was recurrent, this indicating that the algae can function as a nursery for most of these species. The expressive values found, for both abundance and number of species, illustrate the great ecological importance of the phytal habitats for the gastropod species.

  10. Morphometric study of a Brazilian strain of Carchesium polypinum (Ciliophora: Peritrichia) attached to Pomacea figulina (Mollusca: Gastropoda), with notes on a high infestation

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    Roberto Júnio P., Dias; Adalgisa F., Cabral; Isabel C. V., Siqueira-Castro; Inácio D. da, Silva-Neto; Marta, D' Agosto.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available During an ecological study of the epibiotic relationship between ciliate protists and Pomacea figulina (Spix, 1827) (Gastropoda, Ampullariidae), originating from an urban stream in southeast Brazil, a high infestation by the peritrich ciliate Carchesium polypinum (Linnaeus, 1758) Ehrenberg, 1830 (Ci [...] liophora, Peritrichia) associated to the shell of one mollusc among 23 was observed. We provided a morphological and morphometric study of C. polypinum using observations of specimens in vivo, after protargol staining, and examined using scanning electron microscopy. The Brazilian-population of C. polypinum is characterized by: size of zooid in vivo 89 µm x 57 µm on average; colony regularly dichotomously branched with usually up to 40 zooids; macronucleus usually J-shaped; single contractile vacuole located in the upper third of body; myoneme not continuous throughout the colony; stalks contract despite the discontinuity of their individual myonemes; polykinety comprises three peniculi, each consisting of three kineties. The high infestation showed here could be related to the preference for eutrophic environments showed by C. polypinum and suggested that ciliate epibionts may be ecologically important in aquatic habitats.

  11. Effects of thermal effluents on parasites and commensals of Physa gyrina Say (Mollusca: Gastropoda) and their interactions at Lake Wabamun, Alberta

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    Sankurathri, C.S. (Dept. of the Environment, Nanaimo, British Columbia); Holmes, J.C.

    1976-10-01

    Effects of thermal effluents on the dynamics of larval helminth parasites and on populations of limnaei haetogaster limnaei limnaei and Chaetogaster limnaei vaghini (Annelida; Oligochaeta) harbored by Physa gyrina (Mollusca: Pulmonata) were studied at Lake Wabamun, Alberta. Thermal effluents provided the necessary conditions to maintain digenean parasite transmission throughout the year between definitive and intermediate hosts, and increased the prevalence of certain parasites, especially the metacercarial stages. At temperatures above 24/sup 0/C prevalences of C. l. limnaei and C. l. vaghini decreased in the lake, and at these temperatures in the laboratory C. l. limnaei abandoned the snails and perished. Under experimental conditions the number of Echinoparyphium recurvatum larvae penetrated Physa gyrina was inversely related to the number of C. l. limnaei present. It was also observed that these oligochaetes actively ingested digenean larvae. Elimination of C. l. limnaei caused by thermal effluents has augmented the metacercarial infections. An ecological model depicting the interactions of Physa gyrina--digeneans--Chaetogaster l. limnaei is presented. This is a complex system in which water temperature acts as a main regulating factor. The three main components of the system interact with each other and are influenced by various external factors, resulting in a dynamic ecological system.

  12. MOLUSCOS TERRESTRES DE CHILE. SINONIMIA Y PROBLEMAS RELACIONADOS: 1. FAMILIAS VERONICELLIDAE, PIPILLIDAE Y ACHATINELLIDAE (GASTROPODA: PULMONATA) / LAND MOLLUSCA OF CHILE. SYNONYMIES AND RELATES PROBLEMS: 1. FFAMILIES VERONICELLIDAE, PIPILLIDAE Y ACHATINELLIDAE (GASTROPODA: PULMONATA)

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    José R., Stuardo; Patricio, Vargas-Almonacid.

    Full Text Available Se examina el status taxonómico de las especies chilenas de las familias Veronicellidae, Pupillidae y Achatinellidae, como parte de una serie de análisis taxonómicos sobre los moluscos terrestres de Chile que se elabora como seguimiento a la sinopsis del grupo publicada con anterioridad ([...] tuardoyVega">Stuardo & Vega 1985). Son pocos los trabajos trascendentes publicados después de la sinopsis. En la actualidad hay descritas dos especies de Veronicellidae, dos de Pupillidae y 21 especies de Achatinellidae. De éstas, el único registro de Chile para Heterovaginina limayana Lesson es cuestionable y la subespecie Pupoides (Ischnopupoides) minimus costatus Biese, es considerada inválida. Se presenta una exhaustiva compilación de la sinonimia, junto a una discusión morfológica de los caracteres de la concha y de la distribución topotípica de cada una de las especies conocidas. Sin embargo, es ya necesario realizar estudios genéticos de especiación en los morfos del único veronicélido ampliamente distribuido en Chile central y sur, y en las especies de Orthurethra encontrados en Chile continental y sus islas oceánicas. Abstract in english The content of this paper, part of a series of taxonomic analysis of the land mollusca of Chile being written as a follow up to a synopsis published earlier (Stuardo & Vega 1985), examines the status of the Veronicellidae, Pupillidae and Achatinellidae. Only a few meaning [...] ful contributions have been published after the synopsis. So far, two species of Veronicellidae, two species of Pupillidae and 21 species of Achatinellidae have been recorded. Of these, Heterovaginina limayana Lesson with only one record from Chile continues being questioned and the subspecies Pupoides (Ischnopupoides) minimus costatus Biese, is here considered invalid. A full synonymic compilation, with a discussion of morphological distinctive shell traits and topotypic geographical distributions is given for each of these species. However, much needed taxonomic work on the genetic of speciation becomes necessary for the understanding of the morphs of the only widely distributed veronicellid species in central and south Chile and the species of Orthurethra found in continental Chile and the Oceanic Islands

  13. Metabolism of 60Co in mollusca

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    After mollusca were bred in 60Co-labeled sea water or were given 60Co-labeled feed for certain hours, their tissues including the liver were removed as experimental samples. 60Co metabolism was observed by the Sephadex gel filtration profile. A gel chromatogram of the liver in gastropoda showed a marked peak of 60Co on the high-molecular side. Although the peak was observed on both high- and low-molecular sides in pelecypoda, it was more marked on the high-molecular side than on the low-molecular side. In cephalopoda, the peak pattern was similar to that in the other mollusca, but the proportion of low-molecular components was comparatively large. The gel filtration profile of 60Co in various tissues of cephalopoda revealed the incorporation of 60Co into the high-molecular components in blood, three peaks in the kidneys, and the incorporation of 60Co into the low-molecular components in the branchial heart. The metabolism of 60Co was dependent upon the chemical form of Co in gastropoda, and organic 60Co was specifically observed in the high-molecular components. (Namekawa, K.)

  14. Pseudosuccinea columella (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Lymnaeidae) en Camagüey / Pseudosuccinea columella (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Lymnaeidae) in Camagüey

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    Raisa, Vázquez Capote; Lorenzo, Diéguez Fernández; Ubaldo, del Risco Barrios; Rigoberto, Fimia Duarte; Antonio Alejandro, Vázquez Perera.

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    Full Text Available Introduccion: la fasciolosis es una enfermedad emergente en el mundo, tiene un comportamiento esporádico en Cuba y afecta seriamente al ganado vacuno. Objetivo: reportar la presencia y distribución de Pseudosuccinea columella en la provincia de Camagüey, Cuba. Metodos: se encuestaron 455 criaderos n [...] aturales o potenciales de moluscos dulceacuícolas de la provincia Camagüey, mediante un colador de bronce de 15 cm con 1 mm de paso de malla durante 30 min, removiendo el sustrato fangoso y la vegetación colindante, sin reposición de los ejemplares capturados. Resultados: se reporta la especie en 23 cuerpos de agua del total encuestado (5,05 %), que son 15 lagunas (65,21 %), 4 arroyos (17,39 %), 3 ríos (13,04 %) y 1 micropresa (4,36 %). El municipio con mayor positividad resultó Camagüey con 16 en total (69,56 %). Pseudosuccinea columella se encontró relacionada únicamente con Physa acuta en 5 de los acuatorios positivos a la especie (21,73 %), siempre en bajas densidades. Conclusiones: la limitada distribución de Pseudosuccinea columella, disminuye su relevancia en comparación con Galba cubensis, considerada el más importante hospedero intermediario de Fasciola hepatica en Cuba. La acción de las diferentes variables abióticas, como probables factores limitantes o dispersivos de Pseudosuccinea columella en los diferentes acuatorios camagüeyanos, está siendo objeto de investigación. Abstract in english Introduction: fascioliasis is an emerging disease worldwide. In Cuba its occurrence is sporadic, seriously affecting cattle. Objective: report the presence and distribution of Pseudosuccinea columella in the province of Camagüey, Cuba. Methods: a survey was conducted of 455 actual or potential fresh [...] water mollusk breeding sites in the province of Camagüey, using a 1-mm-mesh bronze sieve 15 cm in diameter for 30 min. Both the muddy substratum and the adjoining vegetation were removed without replacing the specimens captured. Results: the species was found in 23 of the water bodies surveyed (5.05 %), namely 15 inland lagoons (65.21 %), 4 streams (17.39 %), 3 rivers (13.04 %) and 1 micro-dam (4.36 %). The municipality with the highest positivity rate was Camagüey with 16 (69.56 %). Pseudosuccinea columella was found to be related only to Physa acuta in 5 of the positive water bodies (21.73 %), and in all cases its density was low. Conclusions: the limited distribution of Pseudosuccinea columella lowers its relevance in comparison with Galba cubensis, which is considered to be the main intermediary host of Fasciola hepatica in Cuba. Research is currently in progress into the role of the various abiotic variables as probable factors limiting or dispersing Pseudosuccinea columella in Camagüey water bodies.

  15. How well-known is the Cephalaspidean fauna (Mollusca: Opisthobranchia) in the Indo-Pacific region?

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    Cedhagen, Tomas

    1998-01-01

    The gastropod group Cephalaspidea contains about 700 recent species worldwide. The status of the research on the group, indicated as the number of described species, in the tropical Indo-Pacific region is compared with other areas. The number ofspecies are 118 in the Indo-Pacific, 168 in Japan, and 58 in Europe. The figures reflect the fact that much work remains to be done, and that numerous species still have to be described in this region.

  16. Phylogenetic analysis of Biomphalaria tenagophila (Orbigny, 1835) (Mollusca: Gastropoda)

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    Liana K, Jannotti-Passos; Jeronimo C, Ruiz; Roberta L, Caldeira; Silvane MF, Murta; Paulo Marcos Z, Coelho; Omar S, Carvalho.

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Mitochondrial DNA of Biomphalaria tenagophila, a mollusc intermediate host of Schistosoma mansoni in Brazil, was sequenced and characterised. The genome size found for B. tenagophila was 13,722 bp and contained 13 messenger RNAs, 22 transfer RNAs (tRNA) and two ribosomal RNAs (rRNA). In addition to [...] sequencing, the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) genome organization of B. tenagophila was analysed based on its content and localization of both coding and non-coding regions, regions of gene overlap and tRNA nucleotide sequences. Sequences of protein, rRNA 12S and rRNA 16S nucleotides as well as gene organization were compared between B. tenagophila and Biomphalaria glabrata, as the latter is the most important S. mansoni intermediate host in Brazil. Differences between such species were observed regarding rRNA composition. The complete sequence of the B. tenagophila mitochondrial genome was deposited in GenBank (accession EF433576). Furthermore, phylogenetic relationships were estimated among 28 mollusc species, which had their complete mitochondrial genome deposited in GenBank, using the neighbour-joining method, maximum parsimony and maximum likelihood bootstrap. B. tenagophila was positioned at a branch close to B. glabrata and Pulmonata molluscs, collectively comprising a paraphyletic group, contrary to Opistobranchia, which was positioned at a single branch and constituted a monophyletic group.

  17. Description of the ootheca of Turbinella laevigata (Mollusca, Gastropoda)

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    Helena, Matthews-Cascon; Cristina de Almeida, Rocha-Barreira; Carlos, Meirelles; Gregorio, Bigatti; Pablo, Penchaszadeh.

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Turbinella laevigata é encontrada desde a zona entre marés até 40 m de profundidade, sendo endêmica do Brasil onde ocorre desde o Estado do Amapá até o Espírito Santo. O objetivo deste estudo foi descrever a ooteca de Turbinella laevigata. Quinze amostras foram coletadas na Praia de Olho d'Água, Mun [...] icípio de Icapuí e na Praia de Flexeiras, Município do Trairí, ambos no Estado do Ceará, Nordeste do Brasil, foram estudadas. As desovas de T. laevigata foram compostas por 15 +/- 1.4 SD cápsulas e mediram 63 +/- 6.4 SD mm de comprimento e 41 +/- 2.5 SD mm de largura. Todas as cápsulas estavam fixadas pela membrana basal, a qual tinha a extremidade modificada para se prender ao substrato. Elas possuem uma superfície concava e outra convexa, apresentando margens pregueadas, que se prolongavam até a membrana basal, à qual se uniam formando uma prega. Esta espécie aparentemente produz uma grande quantidade de ovos nutritivos. A concha dos juvenis mediu 6.4 +/- 0.7 SD mm de comprimento e apresentou uma protoconcha com 3 voltas. Abstract in english Turbinella laevigata is found since the intertidal zone up to 40 m depth, being endemic of Brazil where it occurs from the state of Amapá to the state of Espirito Santo. The objective of this study was to describe the ootheca of this species. Fifteen samples collected in the Olho d'Água Beach, City [...] of Icapuí and Fleixeiras Beach, City of Trairí, both in Ceará State, Northeast Brazil, were studied. The spawns were composed by 15 +/- 1.4 SD capsules and had 63 +/- 6.4 SD mm of length with 41 +/- 2.5 SD mm of width. They had a convex and a concave surface, and plaited edges that drew out until the basal membrane, to which they joined forming a medial ridge. This species apparently produced a high amount of nurse eggs. The early juveniles measured 6.4 +/- 0.7 SD mm of length and they presented a protoconch with three whorls.

  18. Description of the ootheca of Turbinella laevigata (Mollusca, Gastropoda

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    Helena Matthews-Cascon

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Turbinella laevigata is found since the intertidal zone up to 40 m depth, being endemic of Brazil where it occurs from the state of Amapá to the state of Espirito Santo. The objective of this study was to describe the ootheca of this species. Fifteen samples collected in the Olho d'Água Beach, City of Icapuí and Fleixeiras Beach, City of Trairí, both in Ceará State, Northeast Brazil, were studied. The spawns were composed by 15 +/- 1.4 SD capsules and had 63 +/- 6.4 SD mm of length with 41 +/- 2.5 SD mm of width. They had a convex and a concave surface, and plaited edges that drew out until the basal membrane, to which they joined forming a medial ridge. This species apparently produced a high amount of nurse eggs. The early juveniles measured 6.4 +/- 0.7 SD mm of length and they presented a protoconch with three whorls.Turbinella laevigata é encontrada desde a zona entre marés até 40 m de profundidade, sendo endêmica do Brasil onde ocorre desde o Estado do Amapá até o Espírito Santo. O objetivo deste estudo foi descrever a ooteca de Turbinella laevigata. Quinze amostras foram coletadas na Praia de Olho d'Água, Município de Icapuí e na Praia de Flexeiras, Município do Trairí, ambos no Estado do Ceará, Nordeste do Brasil, foram estudadas. As desovas de T. laevigata foram compostas por 15 +/- 1.4 SD cápsulas e mediram 63 +/- 6.4 SD mm de comprimento e 41 +/- 2.5 SD mm de largura. Todas as cápsulas estavam fixadas pela membrana basal, a qual tinha a extremidade modificada para se prender ao substrato. Elas possuem uma superfície concava e outra convexa, apresentando margens pregueadas, que se prolongavam até a membrana basal, à qual se uniam formando uma prega. Esta espécie aparentemente produz uma grande quantidade de ovos nutritivos. A concha dos juvenis mediu 6.4 +/- 0.7 SD mm de comprimento e apresentou uma protoconcha com 3 voltas.

  19. Recharacterization of Synapterpes (S.) hanleyi (Pfeiffer) (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Stylommatophora, Subulinidae)

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    Norma Campos, Salgado; Arnaldo C. dos Santos, Coelho.

    Full Text Available Synapterpes (S.) hanleyi (Pfeiffer, 1846) is characterized by anatomy, synonymy and geographical distribution. Shell and soft parts were studied and important taxonomic characters evaluated and illustrated. These studies give conditions to characterize the species and include it in the genus Synapte [...] rpes Pilsbry, 1896 and distinguish S. hanleyi from the other species of Synapterpes s.s. known only by their shells, respectively from Brazil and Colombia: S.(S.) coronatus (Pfeiffer, 1846) and S.(S.) wallisi (Mousson, 1869).

  20. Imposex in endemic volutid from Northeast Brazil (Mollusca: Gastropoda)

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    Ítalo Braga de, Castro; Carlos Augusto Oliveira de, Meirelles; Helena, Matthews-Cascon; Cristina de Almeida, Rocha-Barreira; Pablo, Penchaszadeh; Gregório, Bigatti.

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    Full Text Available O imposex caracteriza-se pelo surgimento de estruturas sexuais masculinas, em fêmeas de gastrópodes. Cerca de 120 espécies de moluscos que exibem o fenômeno quando expostas a contaminação por compostos orgânicos de estanho tais como o Tributilestanho (TBT) e o Trifenilestanho (TPT). Esses compostos [...] são utilizados, sobretudo em embarcações, no intuito de evitar a bioincrustração que danifica as embarcações e eleva os custos das viagens marítimas. No Brasil se conhecem 5 espécies de moluscos gastrópodes que manifestam imposex, são elas: Stramonita haemastoma, Stramonita rustica, Leucozonia nassa, Cymathium parthenopeum e Olivancillaria vesica. No Nordeste, monitoramentos da contaminação por organoestânicos foram realizados utilizando o imposex em gastrópodes como biomarcador. O presente estudo tem por objetivo notificar a primeira ocorrência de imposex na espécie endêmica do Nordeste brasileiro, Voluta ebraea. De um total de 11 animais observados, duas fêmeas apresentaram imposex, provenientes da Praia do Pacheco no litoral do Ceará. Observou-se nesses indivíduos a presença de glândula de cápsulas, ovidutos e receptáculo seminal concomitantemente ao pênis o que caracteriza o imposex. Como o imposex só se manifesta em moluscos expostos a compostos organoestânicos tipicamente encontrados em portos, marinas, estaleiros e locais com grande fluxo de embarcações atribui-se a origem dessa contaminação provavelmente a um estaleiro localizado nas proximidades da área de coleta. Abstract in english Imposex is characterized by the development of masculine sexual organs in neogastropod females. Almost 120 mollusk species are known to present imposex when exposed to organic tin compounds as tributyltin (TBT) and triphenyltin (TPT). These compounds are used as biocide agents in antifouling paints [...] to prevent the incrustations on boats. Five gastropod species are known to present imposex in Brazil: Stramonita haemastoma, Stramonita rustica, Leucozonia nassa, Cymathium parthenopeum and Olivancillaria vesica. This paper reports the first record of imposex observed in the endemic gastropod Voluta ebraea from Pacheco Beach, Northeast Brazil. Animals presenting imposex had regular female reproductive organs (capsule gland, oviduct and sperm-ingesting gland) and an abnormal penis. As imposex occurs in mollusks exposed to organotin compounds typically found at harbors, marinas, shipyards and areas with high shipping activities, probably contamination of Pacheco Beach is a consequence of a shipyard activity located in the nearest areas.

  1. Phylogenetic analysis of Biomphalaria tenagophila (Orbigny, 1835 (Mollusca: Gastropoda

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    Liana K Jannotti-Passos

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Mitochondrial DNA of Biomphalaria tenagophila, a mollusc intermediate host of Schistosoma mansoni in Brazil, was sequenced and characterised. The genome size found for B. tenagophila was 13,722 bp and contained 13 messenger RNAs, 22 transfer RNAs (tRNA and two ribosomal RNAs (rRNA. In addition to sequencing, the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA genome organization of B. tenagophila was analysed based on its content and localization of both coding and non-coding regions, regions of gene overlap and tRNA nucleotide sequences. Sequences of protein, rRNA 12S and rRNA 16S nucleotides as well as gene organization were compared between B. tenagophila and Biomphalaria glabrata, as the latter is the most important S. mansoni intermediate host in Brazil. Differences between such species were observed regarding rRNA composition. The complete sequence of the B. tenagophila mitochondrial genome was deposited in GenBank (accession EF433576. Furthermore, phylogenetic relationships were estimated among 28 mollusc species, which had their complete mitochondrial genome deposited in GenBank, using the neighbour-joining method, maximum parsimony and maximum likelihood bootstrap. B. tenagophila was positioned at a branch close to B. glabrata and Pulmonata molluscs, collectively comprising a paraphyletic group, contrary to Opistobranchia, which was positioned at a single branch and constituted a monophyletic group.

  2. Keeping Nerves: Central Nervous System of the Interstitial Acochlidiid Parhedyle cryptophthalma (Gastropoda, Opisthobranchia)

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    Joerger, Katharina; Kristof, Alen

    2008-01-01

    Unusually well-preserved fossils of a Halicyne-like cycloid crustacean frequently occur in the early Late Triassic lacustrine clay bed at Krasiejów in Opole Silesia, southern Poland. Its gill-like structures form a horseshoe-shaped pair of units composed of numerous calcified blades with reverse U-shaped cross-section. Originally, these were parallel slits opening on the ventral surface of the carapace. Lobation of the posterior margin of the carapace, of unusually large mature size for the group, make the animal different from other members of Halicynidae, and the new name Opolanka decorosa gen. et sp. nov. is proposed for it. More completely preserved specimens of cycloids from Vosges, France, and Madagascar show that the slit openings were located above radially arranged coxae of the walking appendages and a reduced abdomen. The disposition and arrangement of the cycloid gills suggest at least close analogy, and possibly homology, with the respiratory areas of the Branchiura, serving mostly as ion-exchangeorgans. It is proposed that they originated, in connection with the body size increase and adaptation to fresh-water environment, as radially arranged infoldings of the respiratory areas cuticle, with strongly calcified rigid dorsal parts suspended from the carapace. At least three ecologically and anatomically distinct lineages were represented in the order Cyclida, which was probably initially confined to marine environments and gradually adapted to life in continental waters. New taxa Schraminidae fam. nov. (with Schramine gen. nov.) and Americlidae fam. nov. (with Americlus gen. nov.) are proposed. J. Morphol., 2008. © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  3. La Familia Trochidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda) en el norte de Chile: consideraciones ecológicas y taxonómicas / The trochidae family (Mollusca : Gastropoda) in northern Chile: taxonomic and ecological considerations

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    DAVID, VELIZ; JULIO A, VASQUEZ.

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available Este estudio describe la diversidad, y la distribución latitudinal y batimétrica de los caracoles de la Familia Trochidae en el norte de Chile, mediante muestreos intermareales y submareales someros, realizados entre 1996 y 1999 entre Arica (18º S) y Los Vilos (31º S), y de muestras de profundidad p [...] rovenientes de la pesca de arrastre del camarón nylon, Heterocarpus reedi. En el norte de Chile, la Familia Trochidae está representada por cuatro géneros: Tegula y Diloma de distribución intermareal y submareal somero hasta los 20 m de profundidad, y Bathybembix y Calliostoma presentes en profundidades superiores a los 200 m. El género Tegula tiene seis especies (T. quadricostata, T. luctuosa, T. ignota, T. atra, T. tridentata y T. euryomphala) distribuídas en sustratos rocosos intermareales y submarales someros. El género Diloma está representado por una especie, D. nigerrima, de distribución intermareal hasta pocos metros de profundidad. El género Calliostoma tiene dos especies C. chilena y C. delli, las que se distribuyen entre 200 y 750 m de profundidad. Finalmente, el género Bathybembix está representado por B. humboldti y B. macdonaldi distribuídas entre 200 y 1480 m de profundidad. Esta segregación batimétrica parece estar relacionada a las estrategias alimentarias de cada uno de los géneros de la familia Trochidae. Diloma y Tegula son herbívoros, las especies del género Bathybembix son alimentadoras de depósito y las de Calliostoma son carnívoras Abstract in english This study reveals the diversity, and the bathimetric and latitudinal distribution of the snails of the Trochidae family members in northern Chile, throughout the analysis of all Trochidae gastropods entailed in intertidal and subtidal (from the `camarón naylon' fishery) samples collected during 199 [...] 6 and 1999 between Arica (ca 18º S) and Los Vilos (ca 31º S). The Trochidae family in northern Chile have four genus: Tegula and Diloma that are distributed on intertidal and shallow subtidal habitats, and Calliostoma and Bathybembix which occurr at dephts greather than 200 m. Tegula have 6 species: T. quadricostata, T. luctuosa, T. ignota, T. atra, T. tridentata, and T. euryomphala are distributed on intertidal and shallow subtidal habitats. Diloma is a monospecific genus, whereas D. nigerrima is an intertidal species. The genus Calliostoma have two species C. chilena and C. delli occurring between 200 and 750 m depth and the Bathybembix with two species, B. Humboldti and B. macdonaldi, distributed between 200 and 1480 m depth. The bathimetric distribution of Trochidae shows a strong correlation with food strategy: Diloma and Tegula are herbivores, while Bathybembix species are deposit feeders and Calliostoma are carnivores

  4. Nova espécie de Thaumastus da Floresta Atlântica do Paraná, Brasil (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Bulimuloidea) / New species of Thaumastus from Atlantic Forest of Paraná, Brazil (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Bulimuloidea)

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    Eduardo, Colley.

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Thaumastus straubei sp. nov. é descrita da Floresta Atlântica do Estado do Paraná, Brasil. A atribuição genérica baseou-se a partir de análise morfológica da concha, rádula, mandíbula e das partes moles, evidenciando características únicas e exclusivas que permitem a distinção das demais espécies do [...] gênero conhecidas até o momento. Abstract in english Thaumastus straubei sp. nov. is described from Atlantic Forest of state of Paraná, Brazil. The generic attribution came from morphological analysis of the shell, radula, jaw and soft parts showing unique and exclusive features that allow distinction from all others species of genus known so far. [...

  5. Prosobrânquios terrestres do Brasil: Cyclophoridae: Neocyclotus (N. agassizi (Bartsch & Morrison, 1942 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Mesogastropoda Land prosobranchs of Brazil: Cyclophoridae: Neocyclotus (N. agassizi (Bartsch & Morrison, 1942 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Mesogastropoda

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    Arnaldo C. dos Santos Coelho

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    Full Text Available Studies on specimens from Brazil (States of Pernambuco and Alagoas were carried out in order to relate data about morphology of hard and soft parts o Nocyclotus (N. agassizi (Bartsh & Morrison, 1942.

  6. Ciclo gonádico de Tegula aureotincta (Mollusca: Gastropoda) en Bahía Asunción, Baja California Sur, México / Gonadal cycle of Tegula aureotincta (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in Bahía Asunción, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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    Nurenskaya, Vélez-Arellano; Laura E., Mendoza-Santana; Esperanza, Ortíz-Ordóñez; Sergio A., Guzmán del Proó.

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    Full Text Available Se describe el ciclo gonádico de Tegula aureotincta en Bahía Asunción Baja California Sur. Se recolectaron mensualmente de 25 a 30 organismos de enero a diciembre de 2006. Estos fueron procesados con la técnica histológica de inclusión en parafina, el tejido de la gónada se cortó a 7 ?m de grosor, l [...] os cortes fueron teñidos mediante la técnica de Hematoxilina-Eosina. La proporción de sexosfue 1:1, tanto hembras como machos presentaron todo el año gametogénesis y madurez, con dos eventos principales de expulsión de gametos: uno en otoño-invierno y otro en primavera. La madurez y los momentos de expulsión de gametos guardan aparentemente estrecha relación con los cambios estacionales de la temperatura. Abstract in english The histological gonadal cycle of Tegula aureotincta was determined at Bahia Asuncion Baja California Sur. Monthly samples of 25 to 30 organisms were collected from January to December 2006. They were processed by histological technique, embedded in paraffin, sections 7- ?m thick were stained with h [...] ematoxylin-eosin.The sex ratio was 1:1. Both sexes presented gametogénesis and maturity stages the year through. Two major spawning events were identified in autumn-winter and spring. The maturity and spawning times have close relations with the seasonal change of sea water temperature.

  7. Nuevos datos de Gibberula conejoensis(Mollusca: Gastropoda: Cystiscidae) en Venezuela / New data on Gibberula connejoennsis (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Cystiscidae) in Venezuela

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    Beatriz, Álvarez; Brynelly, Bastidas; Manuel, Caballer.

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    Full Text Available Se amplía el área de distribución conocida de Gibberula conejoensis a la costa continental de Venezuela, donde ha sido capturada en dos localidades distantes (350 km y casi 600 km en línea recta) de su localidad tipo. Adicionalmente, se aportan datos de la anatomía interna y de la rádula de la espec [...] ie no descritos hasta la fecha. Abstract in english The Known range of Gibberula conejoensis is expanded to the mainland of Venezuela. It was captured 350 km and nearly 600 km far from its type locality. Data on the internal anatomy and radula are provided for the first time. [...

  8. Prosobrânquios terrestres do Brasil: Cyclophoridae: Neocyclotus (N. ) agassizi (Bartsch & Morrison, 1942) (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Mesogastropoda) / Land prosobranchs of Brazil: Cyclophoridae: Neocyclotus (N. ) agassizi (Bartsch & Morrison, 1942) (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Mesogastropoda)

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    Arnaldo C. dos Santos, Coelho; Norma Campos, Salgado.

    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english Studies on specimens from Brazil (States of Pernambuco and Alagoas) were carried out in order to relate data about morphology of hard and soft parts o Nocyclotus (N.) agassizi (Bartsh & Morrison, 1942). [...

  9. Posición evolutiva de caracoles terrestres peruanos (Orthalicidae) entre los Stylommatophora (Mollusca: Gastropoda) / Evolutionary position of Peruvian land snails (Orthalicidae) among Stylommatophora (Mollusca: Gastropoda)

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    Jorge, Ramirez; Rina, Ramírez; Pedro, Romero; Ana, Chumbe; Pablo, Ramírez.

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Los géneros Bostryx y Scutalus (Orthalicidae: Bulimulinae) son endémicos de América del Sur y están principalmente distribuidos en la vertiente occidental de los Andes del Perú. El objetivo del presente trabajo fue evaluar su posición evolutiva dentro de los gastrópodos Stylommatophora basada en el [...] marcador mitocondrial 16S rRNA. Fueron obtenidas cuatro secuencias las que, junto con 28 de otros Stylommatophora disponibles en el GenBank, fueron alineadas con ClustalX. La reconstrucción filogenética se realizó mediante los métodos de Neighbor-Joining, Máxima Parsimonia, Máxima Verosimilitud e Inferencia Bayesiana. El alineamiento resultó en 371 sitios, con presencia de indels. Los dos géneros de la Familia Orthalicidae por primera vez incluidos en una filogenia molecular (Bostryx y Scutalus), formaron un grupo monofilético con otro miembro de la superfamilia Orthalicoidea (Placostylus), tal como lo obtenido con marcadores nucleares. Se discute también su relación evolutiva con otros caracoles terrestres. Abstract in english The genera Bostryx and Scutalus (Orthalicidae: Bulimulinae) are endemics from South America. They are mainly distributed on the western slopes of the Peruvian Andes. The goal of the present work was to assess their evolutionary position among the stylommatophoran gastropods based on the 16S rRNA mit [...] ochondrial marker. Four sequences were obtained, and along with 28 sequences of other Stylommatophora retrieved from the GenBank, were aligned with ClustalX. The phylogenetic reconstruction was carried out using the methods of Neighbor-Joining, Maximum Parsimony, Maximum Likelihood and Bayesian inference. The multiple sequence alignment had 371 sites, with indels. The two genera of the family Orthalicidae for the first time included in a molecular phylogeny (Bostryx and Scutalus), formed a monophyletic group along with another member of the superfamily Orthalicoidea (Placostylus), result that is comparable with that obtained with nuclear markers. Their evolutionary relationship with other land snails is also discussed.

  10. Evaluation of the cholinomimetic actions of trimethylsulfonium, a compound present in the midgut gland of the sea hare Aplysia brasiliana (Gastropoda, Opisthobranchia

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    C.M. Kerchove

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    Full Text Available Trimethylsulfonium, a compound present in the midgut gland of the sea hare Aplysia brasiliana, negatively modulates vagal response, indicating a probable ability to inhibit cholinergic responses. In the present study, the pharmacological profile of trimethylsulfonium was characterized on muscarinic and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. In rat jejunum the contractile response induced by trimethylsulfonium (pD2 = 2.46 ± 0.12 and maximal response = 2.14 ± 0.32 g was not antagonized competitively by atropine. The maximal response (Emax to trimethylsulfonium was diminished in the presence of increasing doses of atropine (P<0.05, suggesting that trimethylsulfonium-induced contraction was not related to muscarinic stimulation, but might be caused by acetylcholine release due to presynaptic stimulation. Trimethylsulfonium displaced [³H]-quinuclidinyl benzilate from rat cortex membranes with a low affinity (Ki = 0.5 mM. Furthermore, it caused contraction of frog rectus abdominis muscles (pD2 = 2.70 ± 0.06 and Emax = 4.16 ± 0.9 g, which was competitively antagonized by d-tubocurarine (1, 3 or 10 µM with a pA2 of 5.79, suggesting a positive interaction with nicotinic receptors. In fact, trimethylsulfonium displaced [³H]-nicotine from rat diaphragm muscle membranes with a Ki of 27.1 µM. These results suggest that trimethylsulfonium acts as an agonist on nicotinic receptors, and thus contracts frog skeletal rectus abdominis muscle and rat jejunum smooth muscle via stimulation of postjunctional and neuronal prejunctional nicotinic cholinoreceptors, respectively.

  11. Patterns of diversity of the Rissoidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean region.

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    Ávila, Sérgio P; Goud, Jeroen; de Frias Martins, António M

    2012-01-01

    The geographical distribution of the Rissoidae in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea was compiled and is up-to-date until July 2011. All species were classified according to their mode of larval development (planktotrophic and nonplanktotrophic), and bathymetrical zonation (shallow species--those living between the intertidal and 50?m depth, and deep species--those usually living below 50?m depth). 542 species of Rissoidae are presently reported to the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, belonging to 33 genera. The Mediterranean Sea is the most diverse site, followed by Canary Islands, Caribbean, Portugal, and Cape Verde. The Mediterranean and Cape Verde Islands are the sites with higher numbers of endemic species, with predominance of Alvania spp. in the first site, and of Alvania and Schwartziella at Cape Verde. In spite of the large number of rissoids at Madeira archipelago, a large number of species are shared with Canaries, Selvagens, and the Azores, thus only about 8% are endemic to the Madeira archipelago. Most of the 542-rissoid species that live in the Atlantic and in the Mediterranean are shallow species (323), 110 are considered as deep species, and 23 species are reported in both shallow and deep waters. There is a predominance of nonplanktotrophs in islands, seamounts, and at high and medium latitudes. This pattern is particularly evident in the genera Crisilla, Manzonia, Onoba, Porosalvania, Schwartziella, and Setia. Planktotrophic species are more abundant in the eastern Atlantic and in the Mediterranean Sea. The results of the analysis of the probable directions of faunal flows support the patterns found by both the Parsimony Analysis of Endemicity and the geographical distribution. Four main source areas for rissoids emerge: Mediterranean, Caribbean, Canaries/Madeira archipelagos, and the Cape Verde archipelago. We must stress the high percentage of endemics that occurs in the isolated islands of Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha, Cape Verde archipelago and also the Azores, thus reinforcing the legislative protective actions that the local governments have implemented in these islands during the recent years. PMID:22693430

  12. A new species of hydrobiid snails (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Hydrobiidae) from central Greece

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    Canella Radea

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    A new minute valvatiform species belonging to the genus Daphniola Radoman 1973, Daphniola eptalophos sp. n., from mountain Parnassos, Greece is described. The new species has a transparent valvatiform-planispiral shell, wide and open umbilicus, grey-black pigmented soft body and head and a black penis with a small colorless outgrowth on the left side near its base. A comparative table of shell dimensions and a key to the species known for this endemic genus for Greece are provided.

  13. Données nouvelles sur les mollusques (Mollusca, Gastropoda du Parc national du Mercantour (France

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    Olivier Gargominy

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    Full Text Available Since 2001, the molluscan fauna of the Mercantour National Park has been surveyed in the framework of a convention between the Park and the National Museum of Natural History (Paris. This has yielded 270 sampled localities representing 1094 data of species occurrences, of which 955 are situated within the Park. A total of 119 terminal taxa have been recorded from the Park, a quarter of which are of biological importance for France, confirming the high biodiversity value of the Park. At least 4 species, and possibly 6, are strictly endemic to the Park, with an additional 11 terminal taxa having most of their global populations within the Park. The peripheral zone is the richest part of the Park and the most important for the protection of remarkable species or subspecies, harbouring 93% of the total fauna and all but two of the (subendemic taxa. Here we provide new data on the distribution and ecology of 24 terminal taxa, some of which were previously only known from their original description, more than one century ago. Cochlostoma (Turritus acutum (Caziot, 1908 is separated as an independent species from C. (T. simrothi (Caziot, 1908, as well as Monacha (Eutheba martensiana (Tiberi, 1869 from M. (E. cemenelea (Risso, 1826. Clausilia euzieriana Bourguignat, 1869 is synonymised with Macrogastra (Pyrostoma mellae mellae (Stabile, 1864, while former citations of this taxon are referred to M. (P. mellae leia (Bourguignat, 1877. Chilostoma (Cingulifera cingulatum liguricum (Kobelt, 1876 is transferred as a subspecies of Ch. (C. frigidum (Mortillet, 1861 and is added to the French fauna. Arianta arbustorum vareliensis Ripken & Falkner, 2000 is added to the Italian fauna, as well as a mountainous species of Urticicola to which a name has yet to be applied. Evaluation of the IUCN criteria for redlisting concludes that Cochlostoma acutum, Macrogastra mellae leia and Chilostoma frigidum liguricum should be redlisted as VU D2.

  14. Patterns of Diversity of the Rissoidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Region

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    A?vila, Se?rgio P.; Goud, Jeroen; Frias Martins, Anto?nio M.

    2012-01-01

    The geographical distribution of the Rissoidae in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea was compiled and is up-to-date until July 2011. All species were classified according to their mode of larval development (planktotrophic and nonplanktotrophic), and bathymetrical zonation (shallow species—those living between the intertidal and 50?m depth, and deep species—those usually living below 50?m depth). 542 species of Rissoidae are presently reported to the Atlantic Ocean and the Medit...

  15. Unraveling the evolutionary history of the Chilostoma Fitzinger, 1833 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Pulmonata) lineages in Greece.

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    Psonis, Nikolaos; Vardinoyannis, Katerina; Mylonas, Moisis; Poulakakis, Nikos

    2015-10-01

    The land snails of the genus Chilostoma Fitzinger, 1833 that includes, in Greece, the (sub)genera Cattania, Josephinella and Thiessea, are highly diversified and present high levels of endemism. However, their evolutionary history is unknown and their taxonomy is complex and continuously revised. The aim of this study is to investigate the phylogenetic relationships of the lineages of the genus Chilostoma distributed in Greece based on partial DNA sequences of two mitochondrial DNA (16S rRNA and COI) genes. Complete sequences of one nuclear gene (ITS1) representing the major mitochondrial lineages were also analyzed. The phylogenetic trees revealed three distinct major clades that correspond to the three (sub)genera. Several taxonomical incongruencies were made obvious, thus, raising questions about the "true" number of species in each clade, while rendering a taxonomic re-evaluation necessary. From a phylogeographic point of view, it seems that the three major phylogenetic clades were separated in the late Miocene. They started differentiating into distinct species during the Pliocene and Pleistocene through several vicariance and dispersal events. PMID:26049041

  16. Spatial distribution of vermetids (Mollusca: Gastropoda in the Rocas Atoll, Equatorial South Atlantic

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    Marcelo de Oliveira Soares

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available The Rocas Atoll is a biogenic reef located 266 km from the brazilian northeast coast. Its carbonate structure is formed by corals, calcareous algae, foraminifers and vermetids. Such studied vermetid species are indicators of the sea level and of intertidal or immediately subtidal paleoenvironments, being able to contribute to elucidate the geological history of the only atoll of the South Atlantic. Despite its importance as bioconstructors, there are few studies on the systematics and distribution of these mollusks in this oceanic reef system. Data was obtained on the species, density and distribution leeward and windward from the encrusting taphocoenosis. The species Dendropoma irregulare (d’Orbigny, 1842 and Petaloconchus varians (d’Orbigny, 1841 were recognized in different sectors of the reef system, mainly in the windward sector (0,26 ± 0,04 ind/cm2. In the wave-dominated side of the depositional system occur a lower bioaccumulation of the fossilized shells (0,11 ± 0,02 ind/cm2.

  17. A new species of hydrobiid snails (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Hydrobiidae from central Greece

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    Canella Radea

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available A new minute valvatiform species belonging to the genus Daphniola Radoman 1973, Daphniola eptalophos sp. n., from mountain Parnassos, Greece is described. The new species has a transparent valvatiform-planispiral shell, wide and open umbilicus, grey-black pigmented soft body and head and a black penis with a small colorless outgrowth on the left side near its base. A comparative table of shell dimensions and a key to the species known for this endemic genus for Greece are provided.

  18. Anatomia e histologia do aparelho reprodutor masculino de Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1822 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Pilidae

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    Eliana de Fátima Marques de Mesquita

    1990-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the authors give an anatomical and histological analysis of the male reproductive system of Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1822. Anatomically, the testis is better evidentiated than the ovary. In the structure of the testis a great number of very small channels converges to a single one. The male copulatory organs result of transformations that take place in the inner surface on the palial membrane. Histologically, the testis of immature males shows seminiferous ducts with round egg-shaped forms. In their lumens we could notice masses of cells that will originate spermatozoids. The penis has a conjunctive muscular sheath that can be seen in van Gieson's coloured preparations.

  19. New localities of four Bulgarian endemic Hydrobiidae species (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Risooidea

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    Dilian Georgiev

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available New localities of Belgrandiella pussila Angelov, 1959, Belgrandiella angelovi Pintér, 1968, Bythiospeum copiosus (Angelov, 1972, and Grossuana thracica Glöer & Georgiev, 2009 were reported in Bulgaria. Some notes on the generic position of Belgrandiella angelovi and Bythiospeum copiosus were done.

  20. European Lymnaeidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda), intermediate hosts of trematodiases, based on nuclear ribosomal DNA ITS-2 sequences.

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    Bargues, M D; Vigo, M; Horak, P; Dvorak, J; Patzner, R A; Pointier, J P; Jackiewicz, M; Meier-Brook, C; Mas-Coma, S

    2001-12-01

    Freshwater snails of the family Lymnaeidae are of a great parasitological importance because of the very numerous helminth species they transmit, mainly trematodiases of large medical and veterinary impact. The present knowledge on the genetics of lymnaeids and on their parasite-host inter-relationships is far from being sufficient. The family is immersed in a systematic-taxonomic confusion. The necessity for a tool which enables species distinction and population characterization is evident. This paper aims to review the European Lymnaeidae basing on the second internal transcribed spacer ITS-2 of the nuclear ribosomal DNA. The ITS-2 sequences of 66 populations of 13 European and 1 North American lymnaeid species, including the five generic (or subgeneric) taxa Lymnaea sensu stricto, Stagnicola, Omphiscola, Radix and Galba, have been obtained. The ITS-2 proves to be a useful marker for resolving supraspecific, specific and population relationships in Lymnaeidae. Three different groupings according to their ITS-2 length could be distinguished: Radix and Galba may be considered the oldest taxa (370-406 bp lengths), and Lymnaea s. str., European Stagnicola and Omphiscola (468-491 bp lengths) the most recent, American Stagnicola and Hinkleyia being intermediate (434-450 bp lengths). This hypothesis agrees with the phylogeny of lymnaeids based on palaeontological data, chromosome numbers and radular dentition. ITS-2 sequences present a conserved central region flanked by two variable lateral regions corresponding to the 5' and 3' ends. The number of repeats of two microsatellites found in this conserved central region allows to differentiate Radix from all other lymnaeids. Phylogenetic trees showed four clades: (A) Lymnaea s. str., European Stagnicola and Omphiscola; (B) Radix species; (C) Galba truncatula; and (D) North American stagnicolines. ITS-2 results suggest that retaining Stagnicola as a subgenus of Lymnaea may be the most appropriate and that genus status for Omphiscola is justified. Radix shows a complexity suggesting different evolutionary lines, whereas G. truncatula appears to be very homogeneous. North American and European stagnicolines do not belong to the same supraspecific taxon; the genus Hinkleyia may be used for the American stagnicolines. Genetic distances and sequence differences allowed us to distinguish the upper limit to be expected within a single species and to how different sister species may be. S. palustris, S. fuscus and S. corvus proved to be valid species, but S. turricula may not be considered a species independent from S. palustris. Marked nucleotide divergences and genetic distances detected between different S. fuscus populations may be interpreted as a process of geographic differentiation developping in the present. Among Radix, six valid species could be distinguished: R. auricularia, R. ampla, R. peregra (=R. ovata;=R. balthica), R. labiata, R. lagotis and Radix sp. The information which the ITS-2 marker furnishes is of applied interest concerning the molluscan host specificity of the different trematode species. The phylogenetic trees inferred from the ITS-2 sequences are able to differentiate between lymnaeids transmitting and those non-transmitting fasciolids, as well as between those transmitting F. hepatica and those transmitting F. gigantica. The Fasciola specificity is linked to the two oldest genera which moreover cluster together in the phylogenetic trees, suggesting an origin of the Fasciola ancestors related to the origin of this branch. European Trichobilharzia species causing human dermatitis are transmitted only by lymnaeids of the Radix and Lymnaea s. str.-Stagnicola groups. Results suggest the convenience of reinvestigating compatibility differences after accurate lymnaeid species classification by ITS-2 sequencing. Similarly, ITS-2 sequencing would allow a step forward in the appropriate rearrangement of the actual systematic confusion among echinostomatids. PMID:12798024

  1. Estudo morfométrico da concha de Lymnaea columella say, 1817 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Pulmonata

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    Marlene T. Ueta

    1980-12-01

    Full Text Available Foram estudadas variações morfométricas de conchas de L. columella, provenientes de dez criadouros localizados nos seguintes municípios do Estado de São Paulo: - Campinas, Americana, Atibaia, Pirassununga, Caçapava e Taubaté. Foram analisados os diferentes tipos de ambientes onde as limneas são encontradas com maior freqüência, estabelecendo-se a época do ano com maior abundância em espécimes, que correspondeu aos meses de julho a outubro. As medidas nas conhas dos diferentes criadouros referiram-se ao comprimento e largura da concha, comprimento e largura da abertura, comprimento da espira e número de voltas. Foram estabelecidos os coeficientes de correlação e de regressão e realizadas análises de variância entre as medidas tomadas e os índices obtidos da relação entre largura/comprimento da concha. Estas conchas foram comparadas com as de L. columella, L. viator, L. cubensis da coleção do Museu Nacional do Rio de Janeiro. Para a maioria das medidas as conchas mostraram proporções constantes, embora apresentassem diferenças em relação ao desenvolvimento. A maior variação foi observada em relação ao comprimento da espira. As variações morfométricas das conchas foram relacionadas com alguns fatores externos como pH, alcalinidade, dureza e teor da água. Aparentemente apenas a dureza total da água influiu na consistência das conchas.Shells of Lymnaea columella from ten populations from the State of São Paulo were studied to determine morphometric variation. Samples were collected in the following municipalities: Campinas, Americana, Atibaia, Pirassununga, Caçapava and Taubaté. Five measurements were taken from each shell: length and width of the shell, length and width of the aperture and lenght of the spire. Two ratios were also established: width/lenght of the shell and length of the aperture /length of the shell. The numbers of whorls and the length of the shell were also determined. Statistical tests (correlation coeficients, regression, and analysis of variance were used to compare the different samples. Also, com parisons of L. columella shells collected by us were made with those of L. columella, L. viator and L. cubensis from collections deposited in the Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro. The results of these studies revealed that in most of the cases the snail populations of different areas were similar, showing constant proportions, but they diverged in their absolute dimensions. Data on aquatic environmental conditions (pH, alkalinity, hardness, and calcium concentration were also obtained. These Chemical factors were examined with respect to shell morphology. Our results revealed that only hardness of water was associated with the robustness of the shells.

  2. The Japanese oyster drill Ocinebrellus inornatus (Récluz, 1851) (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Muricidae), introduced to the Limfjord, Denmark

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    Lützen, JØrgen; Faasse, Marco

    2012-01-01

    The predatory neogastropod Ocinebrellus inornatus was first reported from Europe in W France in 1995 and has since been detected at other sites in NW and N France and The Netherlands. It is native to the North Pacific where it preys on the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas. Here we report on the occurrence of the species in beds of European oysters (Ostrea edulis) in the Limfjord, NW Jutland, Denmark. The morphology-based identification has been confirmed by genetic analysis. The species was probably introduced with oysters imported from France in the 1970s and 1980s. The invasion is still relatively localized but as the species has established a reproductive population, it may eventually spread to other parts of the fjord and in time pose a problem to the oyster fishery. The species’ invasion history is reviewed

  3. Response of the Lymnaea peregra (Mollusca: gastropoda) to oil and dispersant

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    The effects of oil polluted water (heavy fuel oil) and a dispersant (Finasol OSR 5) on the behavior of Lymnaea peregra were tested in 4 l aquaria (static test, 96 h, no food added, surface oil slick not removed, water temp. +20 and S 4.5 o/oo). The accumulation of oil in the tissues of the snails was also studied. The activity in oil polluted water low (10 %) compared with the control (30 %). The mortality was 10 % in the oil polluted water and 0 % in the control. In the test with the dispersant (0.01 vol-%), the activity of the snails was 10 % compared with 40 % in the control. The mortality increased from 0 - 20 %. Snails exposed to oil mixtures of 0.1 and 10 vol-% showed increased concentrations of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons in their tissues (4 - 20 times higher than in the control)

  4. Effects of crude oil on the behavior of Lymnaea peregra (Mollusca: gastropoda)

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    The effects of oil polluted water (crude oil) on the behavior of L. pereqra were tested (4 l aquaria, static test, 96 h, no food added, surface slick not removed, water temp. +17 S deg C, S 4 o/oo, 3 parallel test/conc, 10 - 15 ind./aquaria). The activity of the snails was measured 3 times a day by counting the proportion of individuals crawling around within one minute. The activity of the snails was negatively affected in oil solutions of 0.1 to 1.0 vol-%. In the 1 vol-% oil solution the snails were paralysed after being exposed for 24 h and they were unable to crawl around for the next 24 h. The reproduction of the snails (egg laying) was negatively affected by oil. In the excrements of the snails small oil balls could be seen, more in the 0.1 vol-% solution than in the 1 vol-% solution. The mortality was two times higher in the 1 vol-% solution (40 %) than in the control (18 %)

  5. Effect of 60 Co gamma radiation on Biomphalaria Glabrata (Mollusca, Gastropoda) embryos: mortality, malformation and hatching

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    A study was carried out on the radiosensitivity of Biomphalaria glabrata embryos submitted to doses of 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 Gy of 60 Co during the cleavage, blastula, gastrula, young trochophore and trochophore stages. Mortality, malformation and hatching were the parameters used to evaluate the damage induced by ionizing radiation. Estimated L D50 values (15 days) showed that the cleavage stage (4.3 Gy) was approximately four times more radiosensitive than the trochophore stage (17.0 Gy). Susceptibility to malformation induction was higher in the blastula, gastrula and young trochophore stages. Several types of morphogenetic malformations were observed, such as head malformations, exogastrulas, shell malformations, and embryos with everted stomodeum, with nonspecific malformations being the most frequent. The types of malformation induced by radiation probably are not radiation-specific and do not depend on the dose applied. The dose of 15 Gy was sufficient to greatly reduce the number of hatching snails regardless of the embryonic stage irradiated. We conclude that the effect of 60 Co gamma radiation on B. glabrata embryos presented a specific pattern. (author)

  6. Anatomia e histologia do conduto genital feminino de Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1822) (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Pilidae)

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    Eliana de Fátima Marques de Mesquita; Arnaldo Campos dos Santos Coelho; Jefferson Andrade dos Santos

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    In this paper the authors give an anatomical and histological analysis of the genital duct in mature and immature females of Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1822). Anatomically, the vagina has an equal dimension in its extension, varying in form and volume, according to the maturation period. In the immaturity, it has a smaller diameter and volume. In the maturity, the vagina increases in volume, having the aspect of a tumescent organ, and in certain specimens shows an albuminous pink thread i...

  7. Anatomia e histologia do conduto genital feminino de Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1822) (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Pilidae)

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    Eliana de Fátima Marques de, Mesquita; Arnaldo Campos dos Santos, Coelho; Jefferson Andrade dos, Santos.

    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english In this paper the authors give an anatomical and histological analysis of the genital duct in mature and immature females of Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1822). Anatomically, the vagina has an equal dimension in its extension, varying in form and volume, according to the maturation period. In the [...] immaturity, it has a smaller diameter and volume. In the maturity, the vagina increases in volume, having the aspect of a tumescent organ, and in certain specimens shows an albuminous pink thread in its lumen. Histologically, the calcigenic activity of the gland is evidentiated by the presence of an amorphous and basophilic mass, without nuclear material. This material has a fragmented aspect in the vagina lumen that reacts positively in van Kossa's coloured preparations for calcareous salts.

  8. Anatomia e histologia do conduto genital feminino de Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1822 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Pilidae

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    Eliana de Fátima Marques de Mesquita

    1990-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the authors give an anatomical and histological analysis of the genital duct in mature and immature females of Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1822. Anatomically, the vagina has an equal dimension in its extension, varying in form and volume, according to the maturation period. In the immaturity, it has a smaller diameter and volume. In the maturity, the vagina increases in volume, having the aspect of a tumescent organ, and in certain specimens shows an albuminous pink thread in its lumen. Histologically, the calcigenic activity of the gland is evidentiated by the presence of an amorphous and basophilic mass, without nuclear material. This material has a fragmented aspect in the vagina lumen that reacts positively in van Kossa's coloured preparations for calcareous salts.

  9. Actividad molusquicida in vitro de Momordica charantia L. (¨Cundeamor¨ contra Fossaria cubensis (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Lymnaeidae.

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    Diéguez Fernández, L

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available RESUMENObjetivo: determinar las perspectivas del uso del jugo vegetal extraído de Momordica charantia L. (Cundeamor, en el control de Fossaria cubensis (Pfeiffer, 1839 principal hospedero de Fasciola hepatica en Cuba.ABSTRACTTo determine the perspectives the use of the juice extracted from the Momordica charantia L.

  10. Present distribution of Potamopyrgus antipodarum (Gray, 1843 (Mollusca: Gastropoda in the Slovak Republic

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    Vladimír Košel

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available All published and known unpublished data on Potamopyrgus antipodarum (Gray, 1843 from the Slovak Republic are summarised. The Slovak distribution is restricted to the southern parts of the country close to the Danube, Morava, and Hron Rivers. Geographic and vertical distribution is described. The most of the localities are placed between 100 and 140 m a.s.l., the highest situated known record was in 277 m a.s.l. P. antipodarum inhabits slowly flowing rivers and different types of standing waters in Slovakia.

  11. Anesthesia of Biomphalaria spp. (Mollusca, Gastropoda: sodium pentobarbital is the drug of choice

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    RL Martins-Sousa

    2001-04-01

    Full Text Available The anesthetic effect of some water-soluble anesthesic or narcotic drugs currently used in mice was tested in molluscs of the Biomphalaria genus. Sodium thiopental was very toxic to the snails resulting in high rates of mortality in all the treatment schedules tested. Cetamine base, at concentration of 0.25 mg/ml of water, resulted in partial snail anesthesia (40% of snails were anesthetized only after 20 h of exposition. The association of Cetamine base with Tiazine chloridrate did not improve the anesthesic effect, and higher concentrations of these drugs were toxic to the snails. Sodium pentobarbital at 0.4 mg/ml in water for 8 h was the best treatment schedule to anesthetize Biomphalaria snails. In this schedule, the snails were anesthetized without any toxic effect. The procedure provides a powerful tool for in vivo studies that demande a complete state of snail anesthesia.

  12. Reproductive biology and ecology of Adelomelon brasiliana (Mollusca:Gastropoda) off Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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    Cledón , Maximiliano

    2004-01-01

    A. brasiliana is an abundant shallow water volutid distributed from Río de Janeiro, Brazil, to Río Negro, Argentina, SW Atlantic. This species has been commercially exploited in Uruguay by small-scale fishery since the early 90 s. In Argentina is still not systematically exploited. The reproductive biology, and some of the ecologically important aspects of this volutid have been studied at Mar del Plata, Argentina (38° 20 S; 57° 37 W). The reproductive season extends from September to April, ...

  13. Quantification of midkine gene expression in Patella caerulea (Mollusca, Gastropoda) exposed to cadmium

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    Stillitano, Francesca; Mugelli, Alessandro; Cerbai, Elisabetta; Vanucci, Silvana

    2007-10-01

    The release of cadmium into many coastal areas represents a threat to ecosystems and human health; cadmium is carcinogenic in mammals and in both marine invertebrates and vertebrates. The use of molluscs to assess the ecologic risk associated with contaminants is strongly recommended on account of their ecological role and on their highly conserved control and regulatory pathways that are often homologous to vertebrate systems. We previously identified a midkine family protein in the limpet Patella caerulea; the midkine is a recently discovered cytokines family with unequivocal informative value on repairing injury and neoplastic processes in mammals. Here we report on midkine ( mdk) and ?-tubulin ( ?-tub) gene expression patterns in P. caerulea exposed to cadmium. Limpets, collected on two occasions from a breakwater at a marina (Tyrrhenian Sea) were exposed to sublethal cadmium concentrations (0.5 and 1 mg l -1 Cd) over a 10-day exposure period. RNA was extracted from the viscera of unexposed and exposed specimens. Real time TaqMan RT-PCR was performed to measure the relative mdk and ?-tub gene expression levels. A remarkable mdk over-expression was observed in all exposed animals with respect to unexposed ones; mdk over-expression was significantly higher in both treatments when compared with un-treatment (mean expression levels: 23- and 38-fold, for 0.5 and 1 mg l -1 Cd treatment, respectively; ANOVA, for both P < 0.01). The study also indicates that the mdk up-regulation was significantly Cd-concentration dependent ( P < 0.05). A significant up-regulation of the constitutive ?-tub gene was also observed in 1 mg l -1 Cd-treated animals (mean expression level: 4-fold; ANOVA, P < 0.05). In conclusion, these data provide the first evidence paving the way for the use of the midkine as a promising new biomarker of effect in the environment risk assessment policy.

  14. Family matters: The first molecular phylogeny of the Onchidorididae Gray, 1827 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Nudibranchia).

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    Hallas, Joshua M; Gosliner, Terrence M

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    Recent investigations into the evolution of the Onchidorididae using morphological based methods have resulted in low support for relationships among genera. This study aims to determine if molecular data corroborates recent morphological interpretations of the evolution of Onchidorididae. Five genetic markers: 16S, 18S, 28S, cytochrome c oxidase 1 (COI) and histone 3 (H3), were sequenced from 32 species comprising Onchidorididae and five other families, three from Phanerobranchia and two from Cryptobranchia. Phylogenies were estimated using maximum likelihood, and Bayesian inference analyses; with both yielding similar topologies. Molecular analyses resulted in high support for the monophyly of the suctorian clade and the placement of the genera within Onchidorididae. However, the Onchidorididae forms a paraphyletic grouping due to the recovery of the Goniodorididae and the Akiodorididae nested within family. In addition, the placement of Corambe as the most derived member of Onchidorididae is contradicted by the present study. Rather it is sister to a large clade that includes Acanthodoris and the species traditionally placed in Onchidoris and Adalaria, now defined as Onchidorididae. We have chosen to maintain Corambidae as a distinct taxon (including Corambe and Loy), sister to Onchidorididae. We also maintain Goniodorididae, Akiodorididae and Calycidoridae (including Calycidoris and Diaphorodoris), which along with the Onchidorididae and Corambidae comprise the suctorian superfamily Onchidoridoidea. Ancestral character reconstruction also suggests that the formation of a gill pocket, a character that currently defines the Cryptobranchia, may have evolved multiple times from an ancestor that lacked the ability to retract its gills into a fully formed gill pocket. The diversity of gill morphology displayed by the Onchidoridoidea will help give new insight into the evolution of this complex character within the Nudibranchia. PMID:25837732

  15. Microanatomia e histologia do sistema digestivo de Phyllocaulis soleiformis (Orbigny (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Veronicellidae: V. Glândula digestiva Microanatomy and histology of the digestive system of Phyllocaulis soleiformis (Orbigny, 1835 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Veronicellidae: V. Digestive gland

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    Full Text Available The digestive gland of Phyllocaulis soleiformis is a compound tubular gland. The secretory tubules are made up of two main cell types: the digestive cells and calcic cells. The digestive cells are the most numerous, usually columnar, and exhibit three different functional stages: absorptive, secretory and excretory. These cells contain two cytoplasmic granules types and, in the excretory stage, most of the cell is occupied by a large vacuole. The calcic cells occursingly or frequently in groups of two or three, are triangular shaped and have distinct apical granules, and yet calcic histochemical detected granules. In addition, there is a third cell type, without characteristic cytoplasmic granules and which correspond to the undifferentiated cells. The excretory duets system are represented by anterior and posterior vestibules, which branche to form the duets, that communicate with the secretory tubules. These excretory duets are lined with a simple epithelium of ciliated columnar cells, followed by a layer of connective tissue with circular and longitudinal muscular fibers. Subepithelial mucous cells are present only in the vestibules.

  16. Microanatomia e histologia do sistema digestivo de Phyllocaulis soleiformis (Orbigny) (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Veronicellidae): V. Glândula digestiva / Microanatomy and histology of the digestive system of Phyllocaulis soleiformis (Orbigny, 1835) (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Veronicellidae): V. Digestive gland

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    Ana Maria, Leal-Zanchet; José Willibaldo, Thomé; Josef, Hauser.

    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english The digestive gland of Phyllocaulis soleiformis is a compound tubular gland. The secretory tubules are made up of two main cell types: the digestive cells and calcic cells. The digestive cells are the most numerous, usually columnar, and exhibit three different functional stages: absorptive, secreto [...] ry and excretory. These cells contain two cytoplasmic granules types and, in the excretory stage, most of the cell is occupied by a large vacuole. The calcic cells occursingly or frequently in groups of two or three, are triangular shaped and have distinct apical granules, and yet calcic histochemical detected granules. In addition, there is a third cell type, without characteristic cytoplasmic granules and which correspond to the undifferentiated cells. The excretory duets system are represented by anterior and posterior vestibules, which branche to form the duets, that communicate with the secretory tubules. These excretory duets are lined with a simple epithelium of ciliated columnar cells, followed by a layer of connective tissue with circular and longitudinal muscular fibers. Subepithelial mucous cells are present only in the vestibules.

  17. Microanatomia e histologia do sistema digestivo de Phyllocaulis soleiformis (Orbigny) (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Veronicellidae): V. Glândula digestiva Microanatomy and histology of the digestive system of Phyllocaulis soleiformis (Orbigny, 1835) (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Veronicellidae): V. Digestive gland

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    The digestive gland of Phyllocaulis soleiformis is a compound tubular gland. The secretory tubules are made up of two main cell types: the digestive cells and calcic cells. The digestive cells are the most numerous, usually columnar, and exhibit three different functional stages: absorptive, secretory and excretory. These cells contain two cytoplasmic granules types and, in the excretory stage, most of the cell is occupied by a large vacuole. The calcic cells occursingly or frequently in grou...

  18. Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Achatinidae) carrier of Helminthes, Protozoa and Bacteria in northeast Venezuela / Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Achatinidae) hospedador de helmintos, protozoarios y bacterias en el noreste de Venezuela

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    Antonio, Morocoima; Valmore, Rodríguez; René, Rivas; Héctor, Coriano; Sigdelis, Rivero; Rosina, Errante; Makeris, Mitchell; Leidi, Herrera; Servio, Urdaneta-Morales.

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    Full Text Available Por cuanto el molusco Achatina fulica nativo del África es vector de helmintos, pero su relación con protozoarios y bacterias es poco conocida, decidimos estudiar las excretas de 1.200 ejemplares capturados en los estados Anzoátegui, Monagas, Sucre y Nueva Esparta, del noreste de Venezuela. Su moco [...] pedal y heces mostraron infección por los protozoarios Chilomastix spp., Trichomonas spp., Giardia spp., Balantidium spp., Entamoeba spp., Iodamoeba spp., Blastocystis spp. Y por los helmintos de los grupos Ascarioidea, Trichuroidea, Ancylostomatidae y Cestoda. El moco céfalopodal mostró únicamente larvas de Rhabditida. Las bacterias Citrobacter freundii, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, K. azaenae, Aeromonas hydrophila, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Campylobacter spp. infectaron a las tres excretas. Los mecanismos de transmisión y la composición de las excretas, como nichos fisiológicamente apropiados para los organismos encontrados, son discutidos en relación con el riesgo epidemiológico que el molusco representa en salud pública y veterinaria. Abstract in english The mollusk Achatina fulica, native to Eastern Equatorial Africa, has been incriminated as a carrier or vector of helminthes. Nevertheless, information in the literature as regards its status as a carrier for bacteria is scarce, and we could find no reference at all for its relation to protozoa. We [...] studied microscopically the excreta from 1200 snails captured in Anzoátegui, Monagas, Sucre and Nueva Esparta states, in northeast Venezuela. The pedal mucus and feces were infected by the protozoa Chilomastix spp., Trichomonas spp., Giardia spp., Balantidium spp., Entamoeba spp., Iodamoeba spp., Blastocystis spp., as well as helminthes of Ascarioidea, Trichuroidea, Ancylostomatidae and Cestoda groups. The only helminthes found in the cephalopodal mucus were Rhabditida larvae. The three excreta were also infected by the bacteria: Citrobacter freundii, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, K. azaenae, Aeromonas hydrophila, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Campylobacter spp. Risk of infection and transmission mechanisms as well as the composition of the excreta as appropriate physiological niches for the organisms mentioned, are discussed with regard to the epidemiological importance of this snail for in human and veterinary health.

  19. Aspectos ultraestruturais do espermatozóide de Natica marochiensish (Gmelin) (MOllusca, Gastropoda) do litoral norte do Brasil / Ultrastructural aspects of the spermatozoon of Natica marochiensish (Gmelin) (Mollusca, Gastropoda) of the North littoral of Brazil

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    Edilson, Matos; Patricia, Matos; Graça, Casal; Carlos, Azevedo.

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    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english Spermatozoa of Natica marochienssish (Gmelin, 1791) is described by light and electron microscopy. The spermatozoon is of the primitive type with head contains a conical acrosomal complex with an acrosomal vesicle of dense matrix having a basis occupied by the subacrosomal space. The middle piece sh [...] ows the centriolar complex surrounded by mitochondria and the tail contains the axoneme with a 9+2.

  20. Aspectos ultraestruturais do espermatozóide de Natica marochiensish (Gmelin (MOllusca, Gastropoda do litoral norte do Brasil Ultrastructural aspects of the spermatozoon of Natica marochiensish (Gmelin (Mollusca, Gastropoda of the North littoral of Brazil

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    1997-09-01

    Full Text Available Spermatozoa of Natica marochienssish (Gmelin, 1791 is described by light and electron microscopy. The spermatozoon is of the primitive type with head contains a conical acrosomal complex with an acrosomal vesicle of dense matrix having a basis occupied by the subacrosomal space. The middle piece shows the centriolar complex surrounded by mitochondria and the tail contains the axoneme with a 9+2.

  1. Aspectos ultraestruturais do espermatozóide de Natica marochiensish (Gmelin) (MOllusca, Gastropoda) do litoral norte do Brasil Ultrastructural aspects of the spermatozoon of Natica marochiensish (Gmelin) (Mollusca, Gastropoda) of the North littoral of Brazil

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    Edilson Matos; Patricia Matos; Graça Casal; Carlos Azevedo

    1997-01-01

    Spermatozoa of Natica marochienssish (Gmelin, 1791) is described by light and electron microscopy. The spermatozoon is of the primitive type with head contains a conical acrosomal complex with an acrosomal vesicle of dense matrix having a basis occupied by the subacrosomal space. The middle piece shows the centriolar complex surrounded by mitochondria and the tail contains the axoneme with a 9+2.

  2. Population dynamics and reproductive biology of Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca, Gastropoda) in Salvador - Bahia / Dinâmica populacional e biologia reprodutiva de Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca, Gastropoda) na cidade de Salvador - Bahia

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    Eder Carvalho da, Silva; Elianne Pessoa, Omena.

    2014-09-02

    Full Text Available Os riscos com a introdução de espécies invasoras são enormes e incalculáveis. Constando como uma das 100 espécies de maior potencial invasor, Achatina fulica se destaca dos demais gastrópodes pulmonados terrestres, principalmente, pelo seu elevado potencial reprodutivo que acelera o processo de disp [...] ersão, aumentando os danos relacionados è saúde (transmissão de doenças), è economia (destruição de cultivos) e ao meio ambiente (perda da biodiversidade). Com o intuito de investigar as relações do caramujo africano com o ambiente, tentando relacionar atividade sexual com variáveis climáticas (temperatura, precipitação e umidade), foi realizado um estudo sobre aspectos da sua dinâmica populacional e biologia reprodutiva na cidade de Salvador. Os caramujos foram coletados manualmente, mensalmente. Dados morfométricos foram obtidos em campo e dissecações para estudo do sistema reprodutivo em laboratório. Para testar se havia uma maior atividade sexual em períodos úmidos foi realizada, inicialmente, uma Análise de Componentes Principais (PCA) com as variáveis climáticas, seguida de uma regressão entre a precipitação (variável ambiental com maior influencia) e a variável de interesse (atividade sexual). Os resultados mostraram que há um aparente ciclo anual para A. fulica, com um período de recrutamento abrangendo o final da estação chuvosa e a estação seca (agosto a dezembro de 2006 e fevereiro de 2007). O aumento do tamanho da concha (altura) e da atividade sexual foi observado durante a estação chuvosa, embora tenham sido encontrados caramujos em plena atividade sexual em todo o período de estudo. A curva de von Bertalanffy mostrou que o exemplar mais velho teria três anos e onze meses. A regressão entre a precipitação e a atividade sexual foi significativa (P = 0,002) mostrando que precipitações mais elevadas aumentam a atividade sexual. Além disso, observou-se que a espessura do perístoma aumenta è medida que o individuo atinge a maturidade sexual, porém esta relação não é precisa (havia indivíduos com estruturas sexuais não consistentes com o estagio reprodutivo dado pela espessura do perístoma) e deve ser ajustada para cada região estudada. Como a erradicação se torna impossível pelos níveis de invasão encontrados em Salvador, é recomendada, para controlar a população de caramujos africanos, a remoção continua de espécimes, especialmente nos períodos de chuva. Abstract in english The risks following introduction of invasive species are enormous and incalculable. Achatina fulica is considered one of the 100 species of greatest invasive potential, stands out among the land pulmonate snails, mostly for its high reproductive potential that accelerates the process of dispersion, [...] increasing the damages related to health (disease transmission), to economy (crops destruction) and to environment (biodiversity loss). In order to investigate the relationship of the African snail with the environment, trying to relate sexual activity with climatic variables (temperature, rainfall and humidity), a study was conducted on aspects of population dynamics and reproductive biology in Salvador city. The snails were collected by hand, monthly. Morphometric data were obtained in the field and dissections to analyze the reproductive system at laboratory. To test if there was a greater sexual activity in wet periods was performed first a Principal Component Analysis (PCA) with climatic variables, followed by a regression between precipitation (the most influential environmental variable) and the variable of interest (sexual activity). The results showed that there is an apparent annual cycle for A. fulica, with a recruitment period covering the end of rainy season and the dry season (August to December 2006 and February 2007). Increase of shell size (height) and of sexual activity were observed during the rainy season, although snails were found in full sexual activity during the whole period of study. The von Bertalanffy curve showed that

  3. Characterization of the geographical distribution pattern of the family Limacinidae Gray, 1840 (Mollusca - Gastropoda) in the waters of Northeastern of Brazil / Caracterização do padrão de distribuição geográfica da família Limacinidae Gray, 1840 (Mollusca - Gastropoda) nas águas do Nordeste brasileiro

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    Valdeni Soares de Oliveira, Koblitz; Maria Eduarda de L., Larrazábal.

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    Full Text Available A distribuição geográfica da família Limacinidae na costa do Nordeste brasileiro, foi analisada levando em consideração os aspectos ecológicos mais relevantes, objetivando a ampliação do conhecimento sobre a família. O material foi coletado durante a IV Expedição Oceanográfica do Programa REVIZEE (A [...] valiação do Potencial Sustentável de Recursos Vivos da Zona Econômica Exclusiva), nos meses de setembro a dezembro de 2000. A área estudada está localizada entre 00°46’45”N a 13°53’45”S - 29°15’40”W a 39°49’42”W, onde foram realizados seis cruzeiros, totalizando 123 estações. As amostras foram coletadas em rede tipo bongo (malhas coletoras de 300 e 500 µm, com aros de 60 cm de diâmetro) acopladas com fluxômetro digital, em arrastos oblíquos na profundidade de 0 a 200 m. Foram considerados os organismos retidos na malha de 300 µm. A bordo, as amostras foram acondicionadas em recipientes plásticos, etiquetadas e fixadas em formaldeído a 4%, tamponado com tetraborato de sódio. Em laboratório, as amostras foram analisadas em placa do tipo “Bogorov”, sob estereomicroscópio binocular. Foram examinados 5655 indivíduos da família Limacinidae, assim distribuídos: 03 gêneros e 05 espécies. Os representantes da família Limacinidae ocorreram em altas temperaturas e salinidades, caracterizando-se, assim, como tropicais e euhalinos. Heliconoides inflatus sobressaiu em abundância e frequência. Limacina lesueurii mostrou-se uma espécie rara e pouco frequente. Limacina trochiformis e L. bulimoides foram pouco abundantes e pouco frequentes. Limacina lesueurii e L. bulimoides foram registradas como primeira ocorrência em águas neríticas, sendo este o primeiro registro de L. lesueurii para as águas do Nordeste brasileiro. Limacina trochiformis e L. bulimoides tiveram ampla distribuição, apesar de pouco frequentes e pouco abundantes. A distribuição de Thielea helicoides restringiu-se às águas oceânicas. Foi observada uma correlação entre Limacina bulimoides, Heliconoides inflatus, Thielea helicoides e L. lesueurii por coexistirem no mesmo nicho. Abstract in english The geographical distribution of the family Limacinidae in the Northeastern coast of Brazil was analyzed by taking into account the most relevant ecological aspects, aiming to increase the knowledge about the Family. The material was collected during the 4th Oceanographic Expedition of the REVIZEE p [...] rogram (Assessment of the Sustainable Potential of Living Resources in the Exclusive Economic Zone - Avaliação do Potencial Sustentável de Recursos Vivos da Zona Econômica Exclusiva), in the months from September to December 2000. The studied area is located between 00°46’45”N and 13°53’45”S and between 29°15’40”W and 39°49’42”W, where six trips were performed, totaling 123 stations. The samples were collected using a bongo net (300- and 500-µm mesh size and net mouths of 60 cm in diameter) coupled with a digital flowmeter in oblique hauls from a depth of 0 to 200 m. For this study, the organisms retained in the 300-µm mesh were considered. On board the ship, the samples were placed in plastic containers, labeled, and fixed in 4% formaldehyde buffered with sodium tetraborate. In the laboratory, the samples were analyzed on a “Bogorov” tray under a binocular stereomicroscope. A total of 5655 individuals of the family Limacinidae were examined and were distributed as follows: 3 genera and 5 species. Representatives of the family Limacinidae were observed at high temperatures and salinities and were thus characterized as tropical and euhaline. Heliconoides inflatus was the species with the greatest abundance and frequency. Limacina lesueurii proved to be a rare, infrequently observed species. Limacina trochiformis and L. bulimoides were not abundant or frequent. Limacina lesueurii and L. bulimoides were recorded in neritic waters for the first time; this was also the first record of L. lesueurii in the waters of Northeastern Brazil. Limacina trochiformis an

  4. Os gêneros Fasciolaria Lamarck, 1799 e Leucozonia Gray, 1847 no nordeste brasileiro (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Fasciolariidae The genera Fasciolaria Lamarck, 1799 and Leucozonia Gray, 1847 in the northeastern Brazil (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Fasciolariidae

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    Full Text Available The genera Fasciolaria Lamarck, 1799 and Leucozonia Gray, 1847 are represented in Northeastern Brazil by three species. Fasciolaria aurantiaca Lamarck, 1816; Leucozonia ocellata (Gmelin, 1791 and Leucozonia nassa (Gmelin, 1791. The three species are described and illustrated. An identification key for all the above mentioned taxa is included, together with some ecological data. The anatomy and radula of Fasciolaria aurantiaca and Leucozonia nassa are described and illustrated. Polimorfism in Fasciolaria aurantiaca and Leucozonia nassa is discussed.

  5. Primer reporte de infección natural de Galba cubensis (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Lymnaeidae) con larvas de Paramphistomidae (Trematoda: Digenea) en Cuba / First report on Galba cubensis (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Lymnaeidae) naturally infected with larvae of Paramphistomidae (Trematoda: Digenea) in Cuba

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    Antonio A, Vázquez Perera; Jorge, Sánchez Noda; Annia, Alba Menéndez; Eolian, Rodríguez Vara; Adonis, Pino Santos.

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    Full Text Available Introducción: los estudios acerca de las especies de trematodos digeneos que existen en Cuba son escasos y vinculados fundamentalmente a aquellas especies que provocan enfermedades parasitarias importantes en el humano. A esto se añade el hecho de que el hospedero intermediario es desconocido para m [...] uchos de los trematodos existentes. En particular, 8 especies de Paramphistomatidae se han reportado en Cuba; aunque no se conocen, hasta el momento, las especies de moluscos involucradas en la transmisión de esta familia de parásitos. Objetivo: reportar la infección natural en el molusco Galba cubensis con larvas de trematodos. Métodos: se colectaron moluscos fluviales de forma manual en condiciones naturales en la localidad La Coca. Los individuos se colocaron en los laboratorios de malacología hasta la emisión de cercarias. La identificación de las formas larvarias se realizó por medio de claves morfológicas para trematodos. Resultados: en este reporte se informa, por primera vez en Cuba, al caracol Galba cubensis infectado de forma natural con paramfistómidos. Conclusiones: las características ecológicas de Galba cubensis, así como su preferencia de hábitat, en Cuba podrían contribuir a la transmisión de paramfistómidos. Abstract in english Introduction: studies on digenean trematode species living in Cuba are scarce and mainly focused on species causing major parasitic diseases in humans. Moreover, the intermediary host for many of the trematodes has not been found. Eight species of Paramphistomatidae have been reported in Cuba, but t [...] he mollusk species involved in transmission of this parasite family are still unknown. Objective: report natural infection of the mollusk Galba cubensis with trematode larvae. Methods: fluvial mollusks were collected manually under natural conditions in the area of La Coca. Individuals were kept in malacology laboratories until cercariae were issued. Identification of larval forms was based on morphological keys for trematodes. Results: in this report the snail Galba cubensis is reported for the first time in Cuba as naturally infected with paramphistomids. Conclusions: the ecological characteristics of Galba cubensis, as well as its habitat preferences in Cuba could contribute to the transmission of paramphistomids on the island.

  6. Moluscos de importância econômica no Brasil: III. Subulinidae, Leptinaria unilamellata (Orbigny) (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Stylommatophora) Molluscs of economic importance in Brasil: III. Subulinidae, Leptinaria unilamellata (Orbigny) (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Stylommatophora)

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    An anatomic study of Leptinaria unilamellata (Orbigny, 1835) was made emphasizing the genital system, the pallial chamber the radulae and the mandible. The details of these parts characterize better the species and allow more systematic clarity to the group. The importance of the evolutive cycle of the two trematodes, Postharmostomum gallinum (Witenberg, 1923) and Paratanaisia bragai (Santos, 1934) both parasites of domestic birds in Brazil is accentuated.

  7. Moluscos de importância econômica no Brasil: III. Subulinidae, Leptinaria unilamellata (Orbigny) (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Stylommatophora) / Molluscs of economic importance in Brasil: III. Subulinidae, Leptinaria unilamellata (Orbigny) (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Stylommatophora)

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    José Luiz de B., Araújo; Darli Grativol, Keller.

    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english An anatomic study of Leptinaria unilamellata (Orbigny, 1835) was made emphasizing the genital system, the pallial chamber the radulae and the mandible. The details of these parts characterize better the species and allow more systematic clarity to the group. The importance of the evolutive cycle of [...] the two trematodes, Postharmostomum gallinum (Witenberg, 1923) and Paratanaisia bragai (Santos, 1934) both parasites of domestic birds in Brazil is accentuated.

  8. Moluscos de importância econômica no Brasil: III. Subulinidae, Leptinaria unilamellata (Orbigny (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Stylommatophora Molluscs of economic importance in Brasil: III. Subulinidae, Leptinaria unilamellata (Orbigny (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Stylommatophora

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    José Luiz de B. Araújo

    1993-01-01

    Full Text Available An anatomic study of Leptinaria unilamellata (Orbigny, 1835 was made emphasizing the genital system, the pallial chamber the radulae and the mandible. The details of these parts characterize better the species and allow more systematic clarity to the group. The importance of the evolutive cycle of the two trematodes, Postharmostomum gallinum (Witenberg, 1923 and Paratanaisia bragai (Santos, 1934 both parasites of domestic birds in Brazil is accentuated.

  9. Composición, abundancia y distribución de Pteropoda (Mollusca: Gastropoda) en la zona nerítica, del sur del Golfo de México (Agosto, 1995) / Composition, abundance and distribution of Pteropoda (Mollusca: Gastropoda) on the neritic zone, at the southern Gulf of Mexico (August, 1995)

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    César, Flores-Coto; Hisol L., Arellanes; Jesús, Sánchez Robles; Antonio, López Serrano.

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    Full Text Available Se analizó la composición distribución y abundancia de los pterópodos en relación a las condiciones hidrográficas de la columna de agua (0 a 105 m) en el Golfo de México. Durante agosto de 1995, se recolectaron 95 muestras de zooplancton en 28 estaciones sobre la plataforma continental, distribuidas [...] en cinco transectos frente a los principales sistemas lagunares del sur del Golfo de México, desde la desembocadura del rio Coatzacoalcos, hasta Boca de Paso Real de la Laguna de Términos. Las muestras se recolectaron en cinco niveles de profundidad. De los taxa identificados, tres de ellos constituyeron el 90% de la abundancia total de pterópodos: Creseis acicula f. acicula (72.7%), C. acicula f. clava (8.2%) y Limacina trochiformis (9.3%). La mayor densidad del grupo ocurrió en los primeros 18 m, sin embargo, 19 de los 39 grupos registrados, no ocurrieron en la capa más superficial (0 a 6 m) y otros lo hicieron con bajas densidades. Los resultados de Análisis Canónico de Correspondencia (ACC) permiten considerar que ningún parámetro por si solo determina la distribución de estos organismos en la columna de agua, pero en cambio sí el hábitat. Las especies de afinidad tropical/subtropical y hábitat nerítico fueron las más abundantes y ocurrieron principalmente en la capa superficial, en tanto que las formas oceánicas fueron las de menor abundancia y ocurrieron principalmente en las capas profundas, probablemente como resultado de la entrada de agua oceánica a la plataforma en su parte más profunda. Abstract in english The composition, distribution, and abundance of pteropods were analyzed in relation to hydrographic conditions of the water column (0 to 105 m) in the Gulf of Mexico. Up to 95 samples of zooplankton were collected during August 1995 at 28 stations arranged in five transects on the continental shelf [...] off the main lagoonal systems in the southern Gulf of Mexico, from the Coatzacoalcos River inlet to Paso Real inlet of Términos lagoon . Samples were collected at five depth ranges. Three of the identified taxa constituted 90% of the total pteropod abundance: Creseis aciculaf. acicula (72.7%), C. acicula f clava (8.2%), and Limacina trochiformis (9.3%). The highest density of the group occurred within the first 18 m, but 19 of the 39 groups registered were absent from the surface layer (0-6 m), and others had low densities. The results of a CCA suggest that not one parameter by itself determines the distribution of these organisms in the water column, but the habitat of the species does. Species with tropical/subtropical and coastal affinities were the most abundant and occurred mainly in the surface layer, while the oceanic forms were less abundant and occurred mainly in the deep layers probably resulting from the inflow of oceanic water toward the shelf at its deepest layers.

  10. Notes on Opisthobranchia

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    Ernesto, Marcus.

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    Full Text Available Acteon punctostriatus (C. B. Ad.), ainda não indicado do Brasil, parece ser vastamente distribuído, do Cabo Cod até à região de Bahia Blanca, Argentina. As plaquinhas mandibulares e os dentes da rádula assemelham-se às estruturas correspondentes de A. tornatilis (L.). Haminoea elegans (Gray) tem olh [...] os do tipo de Helix e Gastropteron. O órgão copulador masculino é armado, em oposição às espécies européias. Tornatina candei (d'Orb.) possui rádula e, por isso, não pode continuar no mesmo gênero como Retusa canaliculata (Say). O tipo de Acteocina Gray é uma espécie fóssil. Destarte, não é possível decidir se Acteocina deve substituir Tornatina, como Dall quiz, ou se é um sinônimo de Retusa. A locomoção de T. candei combina o movimento por ondulações da sola com "passos". "Tinteiros" quase pretos da Ilha de Marambaia, ca. de 70 km ao oeste do Rio, pertencem a Aplysia (Tullia) juliana Q. G., apesar da secreção preta da glândula de púrpura. Durante a vasante, numerosos exemplares de Aplysia brasiliana Rang foram encontrados pendurados nas pedras, na posição de morcegos em repouso. Os parapódios envolvem o corpo; a ponta posterior da sola prende-se à pedra. Aplysia párvula Morch, ainda não encontrada no Brasil, foi verificada provinda do Recife da Lixa, diante da costa da Baía. Elysia lobata A. Gd., do atol de Eniwetok, possui somente um receptáculo seminal, a espermateca. A espécie é diáulica. O átrio masculino tem um divertículo como Lobiger souverbiei P. Fisch. Os dentes da rádula são irregularmente amontoados no ascus. Nembrotha divae, sp. n., que pertence a um gênero conhecido, principalmente, do Índico e Pacífico Ocidental, caracteriza-se pela cor escarlate e pelo dente mediano da rádula. Polycera marplatensis Franc. é uma das poucas espécies do nosso litoral até agora somente conhecida da costa argentina. Mandíbula e rádula justificam a separação específica (Odhner 1941) de quadrilineata (O. F. Müll.). Polycera odhneri Mare. tem uma parte glandular no duto masculino e, além disso, uma glândula accessória (próstata). Corambe evelinae, sp. n., difere de G. testu-dinaria H. Fisch., a espécie mais próxima, pelo número (até 7) das lamelas branquiais (testudinaria até 4). O espermatocisto comunica-se com o oviduto internamente à entrada do duto uterino neste. Hancockia ryrea Mare. possui o mesmo divertículo esofágico como H. uncinata (Hesse) e H. californica MacF. As descrições de Polycera aurisula Mare. e Antiopella mucloc Marc. foram completadas pelo exame de novo material. Foi dada uma lista de 12 espécies provindas do Cabo Frio (Dra. Diva Diniz Corrêa leg.). Abstract in english [...

  11. Naididae (Annelida, Oligochaeta) associated with Pomacea bridgesii (Reeve) (Gastropoda, Ampullaridae) Naididae (Annelida: Oligochaeta) associados a Pomacea bridgesii (Reeve) (Gastropoda, Ampullaridae)

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    Guilherme R. Gorni; Roberto da G. Alves

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    The family Amplullaridae belongs to this class Gastropoda and is made up of freshwater organisms with a wide geographical distribution in tropical regions. Oligochaeta worms can be found in association with snails of this family, inhabiting the umbilicus of their shells. Due to the lack of information on the ecology of these worms, this work focused on investigating which kind of Oligochaeta species associate with the mollusk Pomacea bridgesii (Reeve, 1856). Samples were collected during wint...

  12. Marine Mollusca of isotope stages of the last 2 million years in New Zealand. Part 3, Gastropoda (Vetigastropoda - Littorinimorpha)

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    Three new species: Grandicrepidula hemispherica (Nukumaruan, S Hawke's Bay), Pelicaria Granttaylori (Mangapanian-early Nukumaruan, Wanganui-Hawke's Bay), Pelicaria arahura (Waipipian-early Mangapanian, Westland and Hawke's Bay). Drawings of marine species in Smith's (1874) three plates of New Zealand molluscan types are republished. Further Australian molluscs in Wanganui Basin: Sabia australis (Lamarck), Clanculus plebejus (Philippi), both early Nukumaruan. Further northern New Zealand molluscs in Wanganui Basin: Stephopoma roseum (Quoy and Gaimard), OIS 13, 9. Distinctive gastropods extinct at end Nukumaruan: Struthiolaria frazeri (Hutton), Taxonia suteri (Marwick). Taniella planisuturalis (Marwick) (Opoitian-Nukumaruan, southern NZ) and Trivia (Ellatrivia) zealandica (Kirk) (Nukumaruan, Hawke's Bay-Wanganui; Castlecliffian, North Canterbury) occur in Castlecliffian (OIS 15?) rocks at Whakatane. Cantharidella tessellate (A. Adams) and Risellopsis varia (Hutton), formerly Haweran, are recorded from Nukumaruan and Castlecliffian rocks, respectively. New fossil late Nukumaruan-early Castlecliffian records listed from Mikonui-1 offshore well, Westland, include Malluvium calcareum (Suter) and 10 other species. Other biostratigraphically useful gastropods: Calliostoma (Maurea) nukumaruense (Laws) (Mangapanian-OIS 17); Argobuccinum pustulosum (Lightfoot), Semicassis labiate (Perry) (both earliest in OIS 7). New synonymy: Zeacumantus perplexus (Marshall and Murdoch) =Z. luts perplexus (Marshall and Murdoch) =Z. lutulentus (Kiener); Pelicaria vermis (Martyn) =all named Nukumaruan-Recent forms (other than P. rugosa (Marwick) and P. granttaylori n. sp.); Trivia flora Marwick =T.zealandica Kirk. Taxonomy revised: Zelippistes benhami (Suter) (OIS 13 and 9 at Wanganui), distinguished from Lippistes and Separatista; Stiracolpus species, informally; Maoricrypta profunda (Hutton), Waipipian-early Castlecliffian (- OIS 19); M. radiata (Hutton) (=incurva Zittel,=hochetteriana Woods, =wilckensi Finlay), (Middle Miocene?) Tongaporutuan-Opoitian; Eunaticina cincta (Hutton), holotype illustrated. (author). 427 refs., 22 figs.

  13. On the presence of Helix lucorum Linnaeus, 1758 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Helicidae in Le Vesinet, a western suburb of Paris

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    Henk K. Mienis

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The Turkish snail Helix lucorum is reported from a garden in Le Vesinet (Paris, France. This introduced species seems to be present in a number of gardens in that suburb. Additional populations may be expected in other areas of France and elsewhere in Europe where living specimens of Helix lucorum are sold on markets and in shops.

  14. First report of Angiostrongylus cantonensis (Nematoda: Metastrongylidae) in Achatina fulica (Mollusca: Gastropoda) from Southeast and South Brazil

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    Arnaldo Maldonado Júnior; Simo?es, Raquel O.; Oliveira, Ana Paula M.; Motta, Esther M.; Fernandez, Mo?nica A.; Pereira, Zilene M.; Monteiro, Simone S.; Lopes Torres, Eduardo J.; Silvana Carvalho Thiengo

    2010-01-01

    The rat lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis is a worldwide-distributed zoonotic nematode that can cause human eosinophilic meningoencephalitis. Here, for the first time, we report the isolation of A. cantonensis from Achatina fulica from two Brazilian states: Rio de Janeiro (specifically the municipalities of Barra do Piraí, situated at the Paraiba River Valley region and São Gonçalo, situated at the edge of Guanabara Bay) and Santa Catarina (in municipality of Joinville). The lungworms w...

  15. Putative midkine family protein up-regulation in Patella caerulea (Mollusca, Gastropoda) exposed to sublethal concentrations of cadmium

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    A cDNA sequence of a putative midkine (MK) family protein was identified and characterised in the mollusc Patella caerulea. The midkine family consists of two members, midkine and pleiotrophin (PTN), and it is one of the recently discovered cytokines. Our results show that this putative midkine protein is up-regulated in specimens of P. caerulea exposed to sublethal cadmium concentrations (i.e. 0.5 and 1 mg l-1 Cd) over a 10-day exposure period. Semiquantitative RT-PCR and quantitative Real time RT-PCR estimations indicate elevated expression of midkine mRNA in exposed specimens compared to controls. Moreover, RT-PCR Real time values were higher in the viscera (here defined as the part of the soft tissue including digestive gland plus gills) than in the foot (i.e. foot plus head plus heart) of the limpets. At present, information on the functional signalling significance of the midkine family proteins suggests that the up-regulation of P. caerulea putative midkine family protein is a distress signal likely with informative value on health status of the organism and with potential prognostic capability

  16. Do the changes in temperature and light affect the functional response of the benthic mud snail Heleobia australis (Mollusca: Gastropoda)?

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    THAISA R.F., MAGALHÃES; RAQUEL A.F., NEVES; JEAN L., VALENTIN; GISELA M., FIGUEIREDO.

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi determinar a influência do aumento de temperatura associado à incidência luminosa na resposta funcional de Heleobia australis. Experimentos foram conduzidos utilizando nove a dez concentrações de alimento para cada tratamento: 20°C sem luz, 30°C sem luz e 30°C sob baixa i [...] ncidência luminosa. Para cada experimento, a resposta funcional tipo III (sigmoidal) apresentou o melhor ajuste e os parâmetros das equações foram determinados. Os resultados sugerem que com o aumento da temperatura no sedimento, H. australis não terá sua taxa de ingestão afetada negativamente. Por outro lado, seu comportamento alimentar parece ser negativamente afetado pela incidência luminosa. As taxas de ingestão estimadas para o conteúdo orgânico na Baía de Guanabara foram: 0,34 µgC ind–1h–1 a 20°C em ausência de luz, 1.44 µgC ind–1h–1 a 30°C em ausência de luz e 0,64 µgC ind–1h–1 a 30°C sob incidência luminosa. Nesta situação, as maiores taxas de ingestão foram estimadas em condições de alta temperatura, mesmo com incidência luminosa, sugerindo que a temperatura parece ter um efeito que predomina sobre o efeito da luz. Porém, considerando maiores concentrações de carbono, mesmo em temperatura alta, o experimento realizado com incidência luminosa apresentou taxas de ingestão mais baixas que aquelas do experimento conduzido a 20°C em ausência de luz. Este estudo fornece a primeira quantificação das taxas de ingestão de H. australis e os efeitos das modificações na temperatura e incidência luminosa no seu comportamento alimentar. Abstract in english The aim of this study was to determine the influence of temperature increase combined to conditions of light incidence on functional response of Heleobia australis. Experiments were conducted using nine to ten food concentrations for each treatment: 20°C without light; 30°C without light and, 30°C u [...] nder low light intensity. For each experiment, the functional response type III (sigmoidal) was fitted and equation parameters were determined. Results suggest that, if the sediment temperature increases, H. australis will not have its ingestion rates affected negatively, whilst its feeding behavior seems to be negatively affected by light. Ingestion rates estimated for organic content in the Guanabara Bay were: 0.34 µgC ind–1h–1 at 20°C without light, 1.44 µgC ind–1h–1 at 30°C without light and 0.64 µgC ind–1h–1 at 30°C under light incidence. Higher ingestion rates were estimated at the high temperature, even under light incidence, and temperature seems to have outweighed the light effect. In contrast, if higher carbon content is considered, despite high temperature, the experiment conducted with light incidence showed lower ingestion rates than those from the experiment at 20°C without light. This study provides the first quantification of H. australis ingestion rates and the effects that changes in temperature and light have on its feeding behavior.

  17. Annotated type catalogue of the Megaspiridae, Orthalicidae, and Simpulopsidae (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Orthalicoidea) in the Natural History Museum, London.

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    Breure, Abraham S H; Ablett, Jonathan D

    2015-01-01

    The type status is described for 65 taxa of the Orthalicoidea, classified within the families Megaspiridae (14), Orthalicidae (30), and Simpulopsidae (20); one taxon is considered a nomen inquirendum. Lectotypes are designated for the following taxa: Helixbrephoides d'Orbigny, 1835; Simpulopsiscumingi Pfeiffer, 1861; Bulimulus (Protoglyptus) dejectus Fulton, 1907; Bulimusiris Pfeiffer, 1853. The type status of Bulimussalteri Sowerby III, 1890, and Strophocheilus (Eurytus) subirroratus da Costa, 1898 is now changed to lectotype according Art. 74.6 ICZN. The taxa Bulimusloxostomus Pfeiffer, 1853, Bulimusmarmatensis Pfeiffer, 1855, Bulimusmeobambensis Pfeiffer, 1855, and Orthalicuspowissianusvar.niveusPreston 1909 are now figured for the first time. The following taxa are now considered junior subjective synonyms: Bulimusmarmatensis Pfeiffer, 1855 = Helix (Cochlogena) citrinovitrea Moricand, 1836; Vermiculatus Breure, 1978 = Bocourtia Rochebrune, 1882. New combinations are: Kuschelenia (Bocourtia) Rochebrune, 1882; Kuschelenia (Bocourtia) aequatoria (Pfeiffer, 1853); Kuschelenia (Bocourtia) anthisanensis (Pfeiffer, 1853); Kuschelenia (Bocourtia) aquila (Reeve, 1848); Kuschelenia (Bocourtia) badia (Sowerby I, 1835); Kuschelenia (Bocourtia) bicolor (Sowerby I, 1835); Kuschelenia (Bocourtia) caliginosa (Reeve, 1849); Kuschelenia (Bocourtia) coagulata (Reeve, 1849); Kuschelenia (Bocourtia) cotopaxiensis (Pfeiffer, 1853); Kuschelenia (Bocourtia) filaris (Pfeiffer, 1853); Karaindentata (da Costa, 1901); Clathrorthalicusmagnificus (Pfeiffer, 1848); Simpulopsis (Eudioptus) marmartensis (Pfeiffer, 1855); Kuschelenia (Bocourtia) nucina (Reeve, 1850); Kuschelenia (Bocourtia) ochracea (Morelet, 1863); Kuschelenia (Bocourtia) peaki (Breure, 1978); Kuschelenia (Bocourtia) petiti (Pfeiffer, 1846); Clathrorthalicusphoebus (Pfeiffer, 1863); Kuschelenia (Bocourtia) polymorpha (d'Orbigny, 1835); Scholvieniaporphyria (Pfeiffer, 1847); Kuschelenia (Bocourtia) purpurata (Reeve, 1849); Kuschelenia (Bocourtia) quechuarum Crawford, 1939; Quechuasalteri (Sowerby III, 1890); Kuschelenia (Bocourtia) subfasciata Pfeiffer, 1853; Clathrorthalicusvictor (Pfeiffer, 1854). In an addedum a lectotype is being designated for Bulimulus (Drymaeus) interruptusvar.pallidus Preston, 1909. An index is included to all taxa mentioned in this paper and the preceding ones in this series (Breure and Ablett 2011, 2012, 2014). PMID:25632243

  18. Opisthobranchs from the western Indian Ocean, with descriptions of two new species and ten new records (Mollusca, Gastropoda

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    Nathalie Yonow

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Seventy species of opisthobranchs are described in this work based on collections from the Persian Gulf, Socotra, Kenya, Zanzibar, Madagascar, La Réunion, Mauritius, the Seychelles, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka. Ten species are newly recorded from the western Indian Ocean and four species are recorded in the scientific literature for the first time since their original descriptions. Two species are described as new: Cyerce bourbonica sp. n. from La Réand Doriopsilla nigrocera sp. n. from the Persian Gulf coast of Saudi Arabia. Chromodoris cavae is removed from its synonymy with C. tennentana and redescribed from specimens from La Réunion, while several new synonyms are proposed for some commonly occurring species. Risbecia bullockii is recorded for the second time from the Indian Ocean and assigned to its correct genus.

  19. Thais (Stramonita rustica (Lamarck, 1822 (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Thaididae, a potential bioindicator of contamination by organotin northeast Brazil

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    Ítalo Braga de Castro

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available The use of antifouling paints containing the biocide compound tributyltin (TBT has been shown as an inductor of imposex in neogastropods mollusks. Imposex is characterized by the development of male features in females, mainly the appearance of a no functional vas deferens and penis. Samples of Thais rustica were collected in eight sites in the metropolitan area of Natal city, Rio Grande do Norte state, northeast Brazil, and examined for occurrence of imposex, which was found in many females. The higher imposex levels were presented by samples from sites near city harbor.A utilização de tintas antiincrustrantes contendo o composto biocida tributilestanho (TBT tem induzido moluscos neogastrópodes ao imposex. O imposex é caracterizado pelo surgimento de caracteres sexuais masculinos, sobretudo, pênis e vaso deferente não funcionais em fêmeas desses moluscos. Foram coletadas amostras de Thais rústica em oito estações ao longo da costa da cidade de Natal no Rio Grande do Norte. Esses animais foram analisados quanto a presença e o grau de imposex que apresentavam. Os níveis mais elevados de imposex foram observados na estação mais próxima ao porto.

  20. The effect of stocking density on the growth of apple snails native Pomacea bridgesii and exotic Pomacea lineata (Mollusca, Gastropoda)

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    ESMAR SOUZA, JUNIOR; JOSE CARLOS N. DE, BARROS; KARLA, PARESQUE; RODRIGO R. DE, FREITAS.

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    Full Text Available The demand for alternative food sources is currently in evidence in the world and, therefore, the culture of animal species considered not conventional makes this theme relevant and appropriate. In the present study, the species Pomacea lineata and Pomacea bridgesii, each with three stowage densitie [...] s (0.5 [T1], 1 [T2], and 1.5 [T3] animal/L), were tested. They were analyzed regarding growth rate, weight gain, final biomass, feed conversion and percentage of survival. There was not any statistically significant difference between the different densities for both species. The final average weight in the three waterworks did not differ significantly in P. bridgesii. In P. lineata, T1 (22.3 ± 1.80g) was significantly higher than T2 and T3. On the other hand, the absolute gain of weight in P. lineata and P. bridgesii was significantly higher in T1 (21.9 ± 1.80g and 37.2 ± 6.34g) than in T2 and T3 respectively. In contrast, the gain of biomass of P. lineata and P. bridgesii was significantly higher in T3 (276.3 ± 33.16g and 431.4 ± 37.20g) than in T1 and T2, respectively. Based on the results obtained, all species studied presented potential for aquaculture, mainly P. bridgesii, distinguished for showing a better development even in waterworks with higher densities.

  1. Putative midkine family protein up-regulation in Patella caerulea (Mollusca, Gastropoda) exposed to sublethal concentrations of cadmium

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    Vanucci, Silvana [Department of Animal Biology and Marine Ecology, University of Messina, Salita Sperone 31, 98166 S Agata, Messina (Italy)]. E-mail: silvana.vanucci@unime.it; Minerdi, Daniela [Department of Animal Biology and Genetics, University of Florence, via Romana 19, 50125 Florence (Italy); Kadomatsu, Kenji [Department of Biochemistry, University of Nagoya Graduate School of Medicine, 65 Tsurumai-cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya 466-8550 (Japan); Mengoni, Alessio [Department of Animal Biology and Genetics, University of Florence, via Romana 19, 50125 Florence (Italy); Bazzicalupo, Marco [Department of Animal Biology and Genetics, University of Florence, via Romana 19, 50125 Florence (Italy)

    2005-11-30

    A cDNA sequence of a putative midkine (MK) family protein was identified and characterised in the mollusc Patella caerulea. The midkine family consists of two members, midkine and pleiotrophin (PTN), and it is one of the recently discovered cytokines. Our results show that this putative midkine protein is up-regulated in specimens of P. caerulea exposed to sublethal cadmium concentrations (i.e. 0.5 and 1 mg l{sup -1} Cd) over a 10-day exposure period. Semiquantitative RT-PCR and quantitative Real time RT-PCR estimations indicate elevated expression of midkine mRNA in exposed specimens compared to controls. Moreover, RT-PCR Real time values were higher in the viscera (here defined as the part of the soft tissue including digestive gland plus gills) than in the foot (i.e. foot plus head plus heart) of the limpets. At present, information on the functional signalling significance of the midkine family proteins suggests that the up-regulation of P. caerulea putative midkine family protein is a distress signal likely with informative value on health status of the organism and with potential prognostic capability.

  2. New records of Omalonyx matheroni (Pontiez & Michaud, 1835 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Succineidae for the São Paulo and Paraná States.

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    Maria Cristina Dreher Mansur

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Omalonyx matheroni is a succineid gastropod that lives on aquatic macrophytes and on emergent vegetation in the wetlands of inner deltas, lakes and dikes. Occurrences of this species were recorded in the municipalities of Ibitinga (SP and Paranaguá (PR, broadening its distribution southwards in South America. Until now this species had been recorded in Demerara (Guiana, Zanderij and Belwaarde (Suriname, Guiana Francesa, Peru, Limoncocha (Equador, Amazonas, Pará, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais (Brazil, as well as on the islands of Guadalupe and Trinidade.

  3. First report of Angiostrongylus cantonensis (Nematoda: Metastrongylidae) in Achatina fulica (Mollusca: Gastropoda) from Southeast and South Brazil

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    Arnaldo, Maldonado Júnior; Raquel O, Simões; Ana Paula M, Oliveira; Esther M, Motta; Mônica A, Fernandez; Zilene M, Pereira; Simone S, Monteiro; Eduardo J Lopes, Torres; Silvana Carvalho, Thiengo.

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    Full Text Available The rat lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis is a worldwide-distributed zoonotic nematode that can cause human eosinophilic meningoencephalitis. Here, for the first time, we report the isolation of A. cantonensis from Achatina fulica from two Brazilian states: Rio de Janeiro (specifically the munici [...] palities of Barra do Piraí, situated at the Paraiba River Valley region and São Gonçalo, situated at the edge of Guanabara Bay) and Santa Catarina (in municipality of Joinville). The lungworms were identified by comparing morphological and morphometrical data obtained from adult worms to values obtained from experimental infections of A. cantonensis from Pernambuco, Brazil, and Akita, Japan. Only a few minor morphological differences that were determined to represent intra-specific variation were observed. This report of A. cantonensis in South and Southeast Brazil, together with the recent report of the zoonosis and parasite-infected molluscs in Northeast Brazil, provide evidence of the wide distribution of A. cantonensis in the country. The need for efforts to better understand the role of A. fulica in the transmission of meningoencephalitis in Brazil and the surveillance of molluscs and rodents, particularly in ports, is emphasized.

  4. The Japanese oyster drill Ocinebrellus inornatus (Récluz, 1851) (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Muricidae), introduced to the Limfjord, Denmark

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    Lützen, JØrgen; Faasse, Marco

    2012-01-01

    The predatory neogastropod Ocinebrellus inornatus was first reported from Europe in W France in 1995 and has since been detected at other sites in NW and N France and The Netherlands. It is native to the North Pacific where it preys on the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas. Here we report on the occurrence of the species in beds of European oysters (Ostrea edulis) in the Limfjord, NW Jutland, Denmark. The morphology-based identification has been confirmed by genetic analysis. The species was probably introduced with oysters imported from France in the 1970s and 1980s. The invasion is still relatively localized but as the species has established a reproductive population, it may eventually spread to other parts of the fjord and in time pose a problem to the oyster fishery. The species’ invasion history is reviewed.

  5. Imposex induction in Stramonita haemastoma floridana (Conrad, 1837) (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Muricidae) submitted to an organotin-contaminated diet

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    Aline Fernandes Alves de, Lima; Ítalo Braga de, Castro; Cristina de Almeida, Rocha-Barreira.

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    Full Text Available Organismos marinhos são afetados por compostos organoestânicos que causam uma série de efeitos deletérios aos mesmos. O mais conhecido efeito da contaminação por organoestânicos é o imposex. Esse fenômeno consiste na masculinização de fêmeas de moluscos neogastrópodes tais como Stramonita haemastoma [...] floridana. Esses compostos tendem a se acumular em moluscos devido a sua baixa capacidade de eliminá-los. Um total de 248 indivíduos de S. haemastoma floridana foram coletados de uma população livre qualquer indício de imposex. Esses animais foram mantidos em 7 aquários, com aproximadamente 30 indivíduos cada, 1 desses aquários foi considerado como controle e os animas do mesmo alimentados com ostras obtidas de locais onde não se verificou a ocorrência de imposex em neogastrópodes nativos. Os animais nos outros 6 aquários foram alimentados com ostras obtidas em local onde a incidência de imposex entre os gastrópodes nativos revelou-se muito alta. A cada 15 dias, por um período total de 90 dias, os animais de um dos tanques eram retirados e analisados quanto à presença de imposex. Os níveis de imposex foram quantificados através da % de imposex e dos índices: RPLI, RPSI e VDSI. Observou-se a indução de imposex em S. haemastoma floridana através da dieta a partir de Crassostrea rhizophora e um aumento significativo dos índices com o decorrer do tempo de exposição. Os animais do aquário controle foram analisados ao fim do experimento não revelando qualquer indício de imposex. Abstract in english Marine organisms are affected by organotin compounds due to the cumulative, deleterious effects of these latter. The most evident and well known consequence of organotin contamination is imposex, a hormonal disruption that causes a superimposition of sexual male features in females of prosobranchia [...] neogastropod molluscs such as Stramonita haemastoma floridana. Molluscs accumulate organotins mainly because of their poor ability to eliminate TBT and DBT from their tissues. The aim of this study was to analyze organotin uptake by ingestion experimentally, using uncontaminated subjects (S. haemastoma floridana) fed with organotin-contaminated oysters (Crassostrea rhizophorae). A total of 248 gastropods, distributed in 7 tanks with uncontaminated water and contaminated food, were used in this study, a control group being fed uncontaminated oysters. Every 15 days, the individuals of one of the tanks were examined for the presence of imposex. Development of imposex was measured using the VDSI, RPSI and RPLI indexes. The animals had already developed imposex within the first 15 days, all the indexes measured (RPLI, RPSI and VDSI) having increased significantly with duration of exposure, indicating that the animals were probablycontaminated by the food and had accumulated the pollutant. New paths of imposex development were also observed.

  6. Relation between aquatic plants and gastropods (Mollusca, Gastropoda) in the region of Gentilly I (Quebec) nuclear generating station

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    This study is based on a sampling of the gastropods present in the vegetation of the St. Lawrence riverside zone at Gentilly. A total of 536 plant specimens belonging to 20 species as well as 37 239 specimens grouping 10 different species of gastropods were sampled. A comparison of the plant species - mollusc data was carried out. The analysis of the results indicates that prosobranchs have no affinity whatsoever for any plant species in particular. The pulmonates, however, are found mainly on emergent plants. (author)

  7. Occurrence of Elysia grandifolia (Mollusca, Gastropoda), and its radionuclide content from Tarapur coastal waters, west coast of India

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    Occurrence, morphological features, feeding habits, metal and radionuclide content of an opisthobranch sacoglossan Elysia grandifolia Kelaart have been reported. Mn was highest in E.grandifolia whereas Zn was most abundant in eggs. Radionuclide 131I was most abundant in tissues 1.4 Bq g-1 dry weight and in eggs 0.8 Bq g-1 dry weight. Radionuclide 60Co in eggs was, 1.0 Bq g-1 dry weight and in tissues, 0.08 Bq g-1 dry weight. Possibility of using the species and eggs as indicators for 131I and 60Co radionuclides in the marine environment is discussed. (author). 12 refs., 2 figs

  8. Effects of endocrine disruptors on prosobranch snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the laboratory. Part II: Triphenyltin as a xeno-androgen.

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    Schulte-Oehlmann, U; Tillmann, M; Markert, B; Oehlmann, J; Watermann, B; Scherf, S

    2000-12-01

    In laboratory experiments the effects of suspected endocrine disrupting chemicals on freshwater and marine prosobranch species were analysed. In this second of three publications the responses of the freshwater ramshorn snail Marisa cornuarietis and of two marine prosobranchs (the dogwhelk Nucella lapillus and the netted whelk Hinia reticulata) to the xeno-androgenic model compound triphenyltin (TPT) are presented. Marisa and Nucella were exposed via water (nominal concentrations 5-500 ng TPT-Sn/L) and Hinia via sediments (nominal concentrations 50-500 micrograms TPT-Sn/kg dry wt.) for up to 4 months. Female ramshorn snails but not the two marine species developed imposex in a time and concentration dependent manner (EC10 4 months: 12.3 ng TPT-Sn/L) with a comparable intensity as described for tributyltin. TPT reduced furthermore the fecundity of Marisa at lower concentrations (EC10 4 months: 5.59 ng TPT-Sn/L) with a complete inhibition of spawning at nominal concentrations > or = 250 ng TPT-Sn/L (mean measured +/- SD: > or = 163 +/- 97.0 ng TPT-Sn/L). The extension of the pallial sex organs (penis with accessory structures and prostate gland) of male ramshorn snails and dogwhelks were reduced by up to 25% compared to the control but not in netted whelks. Histopathological analyses for M. cornuarietis and H. reticulata provide evidence for a marked impairment of spermatogenesis (both species) and oogenesis (only netted whelks). The test compound induced a highly significant and concentration independent increase in the incidence of hyperplasia on gills, osphradia and other organs in the mantle cavity of N. lapillus indicating a carcinogenic potential of TPT. The results show that prosobranchs are sensitive to endocrine disruption at environmentally relevant concentrations of TPT. Also, M. cornuarietis is a promising candidate for a future organismic invertebrate system to identify endocrine-mimetic test compounds. PMID:11214444

  9. Effects of endocrine disruptors on prosobranch snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the laboratory. Part III: Cyproterone acetate and vinclozolin as antiandrogens.

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    Tillmann, M; Schulte-Oehlmann, U; Duft, M; Markert, B; Oehlmann, J

    2001-12-01

    The effects of suspected endocrine disrupting chemicals on freshwater and marine prosobranch species were analysed in laboratory experiments. In this last of three publications, the responses of the fresh water snail Marisa cornuarietis and of two marine prosobranchs (Nucella lapillus, Nassarius (Hinia) reticulatus) to the antiandrogenic model compounds cyproterone acetate (CPA) and vinclozolin (VZ) are presented. The snails were exposed to nominal CPA concentrations of 1.25 mg/L alone and simultaneously to a potent synthetic estrogen (ethinylestradiol), androgen (methyltestosterone) or an indirectly acting xeno-androgen (tributyltin) in experiments with adult specimens and in a life cycle test for 12 months. Marisa and Nucella were furthermore exposed to nominal concentrations of 0.03-1.0 microgram VZ/L for up to 5 months. The antiandrogens induced a number of biological responses in all three species. The length of the penis and of accessory male sex organs (e.g., penis sheath, prostate) were significantly reduced. For Marisa, this effect occurred only in sexually immature specimens and was reversible as the males attained puberty. Typical androgen-mediated responses (imposex development, delayed spermatogenesis, tubulus necrosis of the testis with orchitis and Leydig cell hyperplasia) were partially or totally suppressed by a simultaneous administration of CPA. In the two marine species even adult, sexually mature males responded to antiandrogens with a reduction of the male sex organs and an advancement of the sexual repose phase. The results for CPA and VZ are compared with the effects of an exposure to xeno-estrogens (bisphenol A, octylphenol) and xeno-androgens (triphenyltin, tributyltin) in the same species. Each group of endocrine disruptors induces a characteristic set of toxicological effects in prosobranch snails which can be used as endpoints in an organismic invertebrate test for the identification of endocrine mimetic test compounds. Estrogens cause primarily an induction of superfemales resulting in an increased female mortality by the enhancement of spawning mass and egg production. The main effects of androgens are a virilization of females by imposex development and a marked decrease of the fecundity. Compared with estrogens and androgens, the antiandrogen responses seem to be less drastic and might have--in contrast to the two other disruptor classes--no biologically significant effects at the population level. PMID:11759570

  10. Dynamics and ecology of an Indo-Pacific conch,Conomurex persicus (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in southeastern Turkey

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    Erhan, Mutlu; Mehmet, Betil Ergev.

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available El gastrópodo tropical Conomurex persicurs, ha sido introducido a una región subtropical, el noreste del Mar Mediterráneo, y ha invadido los fondos arenosos en un rango de profundidad de 1 a 10 m. Se estudiarion las dinámicas poblacionales a partir de especímenes recolectados mediante un dragado est [...] ándard (60 x 15 cm de apertura de entrada y 0.5 x 0.5 cm de tramado). Muestras de C. persicus fueron recolectadas mensualmente a produndidades de 5 y 10 m en las cercanías de Erdemil, Mersin, Turkey, en los meses de febrero y mayo del año 2000. La densidad dentro de un mismo año depende de los niveles de salinidad, mientras que al comparar años distintos está correlacionada con la temperatura del agua. Abstract in english Conomurex persicus, one of the tropical conchs, has been introduced to one of the subtropical regions, the northeastern Mediterranean Sea, and invaded sandy bottoms between 1 and 10 m deep. Population dynamics were studied from specimens collected with a standard dredge (60 x 15 cm mouth opening, 0. [...] 5 x 0.5 cm eye opening of net). Samples of C. persicus were collected monthly along the 5 and 10 m depth contours off Erdemli, Mersin, Turkey, in February and May 2000. Intra-annual density depended on salinity levels, while inter-annual density was correlated with bottom water temperature. Specimens underwent spring emergences and winter burial and sheltering (disappearance). Emergence took place in March when temperatures rose and the disappearance occurred in October-November when temperatures dropped. Adults live at 10 m, juveniles are recruited at a 5 m depth. Recruitment began in April and continued for the next 6 months. In contrast to shell width or shell lip thickness, shell length was not a convenient index for estimation of growth parameters. Annual production and mortality were calculated to be 7.86 g m-2 and 3.80 g m-2, respectively, in April-November. Rev. Biol. Trop. 54 (1): 117-129. Epub 2006 Mar 31.

  11. The effect of stocking density on the growth of apple snails native Pomacea bridgesii and exotic Pomacea lineata (Mollusca, Gastropoda

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    Full Text Available The demand for alternative food sources is currently in evidence in the world and, therefore, the culture of animal species considered not conventional makes this theme relevant and appropriate. In the present study, the species Pomacea lineata and Pomacea bridgesii, each with three stowage densities (0.5 [T1], 1 [T2], and 1.5 [T3] animal/L, were tested. They were analyzed regarding growth rate, weight gain, final biomass, feed conversion and percentage of survival. There was not any statistically significant difference between the different densities for both species. The final average weight in the three waterworks did not differ significantly in P. bridgesii. In P. lineata, T1 (22.3 ± 1.80g was significantly higher than T2 and T3. On the other hand, the absolute gain of weight in P. lineata and P. bridgesii was significantly higher in T1 (21.9 ± 1.80g and 37.2 ± 6.34g than in T2 and T3 respectively. In contrast, the gain of biomass of P. lineata and P. bridgesii was significantly higher in T3 (276.3 ± 33.16g and 431.4 ± 37.20g than in T1 and T2, respectively. Based on the results obtained, all species studied presented potential for aquaculture, mainly P. bridgesii, distinguished for showing a better development even in waterworks with higher densities.

  12. The effect of stocking density on the growth of apple snails native Pomacea bridgesii and exotic Pomacea lineata (Mollusca, Gastropoda).

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    Souza Júnior, Esmar; De Barros, José Carlos N; Paresque, Karla; De Freitas, Rodrigo R

    2013-01-01

    The demand for alternative food sources is currently in evidence in the world and, therefore, the culture of animal species considered not conventional makes this theme relevant and appropriate. In the present study, the species Pomacea lineata and Pomacea bridgesii, each with three stowage densities (0.5 [T1], 1 [T2], and 1.5 [T3] animal/L), were tested. They were analyzed regarding growth rate, weight gain, final biomass, feed conversion and percentage of survival. There was not any statistically significant difference between the different densities for both species. The final average weight in the three waterworks did not differ significantly in P. bridgesii. In P. lineata, T1 (22.3 ± 1.80g) was significantly higher than T2 and T3. On the other hand, the absolute gain of weight in P. lineata and P. bridgesii was significantly higher in T1 (21.9 ± 1.80g and 37.2 ± 6.34g) than in T2 and T3 respectively. In contrast, the gain of biomass of P. lineata and P. bridgesii was significantly higher in T3 (276.3 ± 33.16g and 431.4 ± 37.20g) than in T1 and T2, respectively. Based on the results obtained, all species studied presented potential for aquaculture, mainly P. bridgesii, distinguished for showing a better development even in waterworks with higher densities. PMID:23828367

  13. Thais (Stramonita) rustica (Lamarck, 1822) (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Thaididae), a potential bioindicator of contamination by organotin northeast Brazil

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    Ítalo Braga de, Castro; Carlos A. O., Meirelles; Helena, Matthews-Cascon; Marcos Antonio, Fernandez.

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    Full Text Available A utilização de tintas antiincrustrantes contendo o composto biocida tributilestanho (TBT) tem induzido moluscos neogastrópodes ao imposex. O imposex é caracterizado pelo surgimento de caracteres sexuais masculinos, sobretudo, pênis e vaso deferente não funcionais em fêmeas desses moluscos. Foram co [...] letadas amostras de Thais rústica em oito estações ao longo da costa da cidade de Natal no Rio Grande do Norte. Esses animais foram analisados quanto a presença e o grau de imposex que apresentavam. Os níveis mais elevados de imposex foram observados na estação mais próxima ao porto. Abstract in english The use of antifouling paints containing the biocide compound tributyltin (TBT) has been shown as an inductor of imposex in neogastropods mollusks. Imposex is characterized by the development of male features in females, mainly the appearance of a no functional vas deferens and penis. Samples of Tha [...] is rustica were collected in eight sites in the metropolitan area of Natal city, Rio Grande do Norte state, northeast Brazil, and examined for occurrence of imposex, which was found in many females. The higher imposex levels were presented by samples from sites near city harbor.

  14. Bioindicator Thais carinifera (mollusca, gastropoda): imposex response and consequences along the Pakistan coast during the period from 1993 to 2012

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    Nuzhat, Afsar; Ghazala, Siddiqui; Zarrien, Ayub.

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    Full Text Available Resumo O fenômeno hormonal "imposex" foi investigado e relatado para o gastrópode muricídeo Thais carinifera durante duas décadas, de 1993 a 2012, em três das seis localidades investigadas ao longo da costa de Sindh and Balochistão, Paquistão. Os estágios VDS 1 a 4 foram aparentes na espécie. A inte [...] nsidade do imposex permaneceu comparativamente baixa nas populações dos portos próximos do porto de Mohammad Bin-Qasim, especificamente em Old Korangi Fish Harbour (OKFH) e New Korangi Fish Harbour (NKFH), onde as atividades portuárias são esporádicas quando comparadas às de Manora Channel e à área adjacente do Porto de Karachi, onde a atividade portuária é mais intensa. A espécie alvo mostrou-se um bom bioindicador por ter apresentado decréscimo acentuado ao longo do extenso período de estudo. As investigações mostraram que esse decréscimo é apenas devido ao efetivo banimento globalmente imposto da tributiltina (TBT) como base de tintas anti-incrustantes ocorrido na década passada. Abstract in english Abstract Endocrine mediated "imposex" phenomenon was investigated and recorded in the muricoid gastropod species Thais carinifera during the two decades from 1993 to 2012 at three (3) sites out of six (6) localities investigated along the Sindh and Balochistan coast, Pakistan. The VDS stages 1 to 4 [...] were apparent in Thais carinifera. The intensity of imposex has remained comparatively low in the populations of harbours in close proximity to port Mohammad Bin-Qasim, namely; Old Korangi Fish Harbour (OKFH) and New Korangi Fish Harbour (NKFH) where shipping activities are sporadic as compared to those in Manora Channel and the adjoining Karachi Port area where intensive shipping activity is rather frequent. Target species found to be good bioindicators have shown a marked decrease over the prolonged study period. Investigations show that this decrease is solely due to globally imposed effective bans on tributyltin (TBT) based antifouling paints over the past decade.

  15. Spatial diversity of rocky midlittoral macro-invertebrates associated with the endangered species Patella ferruginea (Mollusca: Gastropoda) of Tunisian coastline

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    Tlig-Zouari, Sabiha; Rabaoui, Lotfi; Fguiri, Hosni; Diawara, Moctar; Ben Hassine, Oum Kalthoum

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    The present study focuses on horizontal spatial variability of benthic macrofauna associated with Patella ferruginea. Thirty-six samples collected at 12 transects belonging to 4 midlittoral sites along the rocky Tunisian coastline, were examined. A total of 44 species belonging to 5 taxa were found. Multivariate analysis applied on gathered data did not show a horizontal spatial variability at small scale (between transects), but at large scale, between sites as well as sectors. Thus, three groups of communities were identified (GI: Korbous and El Haouaria; GIIa: Zembra Island and GIIb: Kelibia). The distribution of species abundance within these groups revealed that crustaceans were the most abundant taxon, due to the overwhelming dominance of Chthamalus stellatus. This substratum appeared to create favourable micro-habitats for the installation of molluscs including gastropods. Regarding the low diversity index ( H') and evenness ( J), they seemed to reflect a disturbance and a demographic unbalance within these communities. The heterogeneity of substrate surface, created by C. stellatus specimens appeared to be caused by various complex interactions established between the key components of these communities in particular suspension feeders, predators, herbivorous molluscs and macroalgae. Thus, the dynamic status of each of these communities is the result of these complex interactions.

  16. Ocorrência de Lymnaea columella (Gastropoda: Lymnaeidae), hospedeiro intermediário da Fasciola hepatica, para o Estado da Paraíba, Brasil Occurrence of Lymnaea columella (Gastropoda: Lymnaeidae), first intermediate host of Fasciola hepatica, for the state of Paraíba, Brazil

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    Foi registrada a ocorrência de Lymnaea columella (Gastropoda: Lymnaeidae), primeiro hospedeiro intermediário da Fasciola hepatica, para o Estado da Paraíba, Brasil, associado a macrófitas aquáticas.The occurrence of Lymnaea Columella (Gastropoda: Lymnaeidae), first intermediate host of Fasciola hepatica, is recorded for the first time in the state of Paraíba, Brazil, associeted with aquatic macrophytes.

  17. Corbicula fluminea (Mollusca, Bivalvia) - the new freshwater clam for Slovakia

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    Specimens of the expansive Asian freshwater clam Corbicula fluminea O. F. Mueller, 1774 (Mollusca: Bivalvia, Corbiculidae) were found on the following three localities of Danube river of Slovakia: Radvan nad Dunajom env. (DFS - 8276a), Komarno env. (DFS - 8274b), Gabcikovo env. (DFS - 8171a). The basic information about this species, key for determination and a photo of an adult individual are presented on the poster. (authors)

  18. A radioactivity study of mollusca distributed along the Syrian coast

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    In the present work, radioactivity has been studied in several Mollusca collected from four selected sites(Al Basset, Lattakia, Banise and Tartous) along the Syrian coast. Concentration Factors (CF) of radionuclides (Lead-210, Polonium-210, Uranium Isotopes, Potassium-40 and Cesium-137) in mussels and shells of Mollusca have been calculated in order to determine the species that could be used as Bioindicators for these isotopes. Statistical analysis of the results using the box plot method showed that the mussels of Spondylus spinosus and Chama pacifica can be used as biomonitor for the studied radionuclides in addition to shell of Strombus persicus and Spondylus spinosus. While the mussels of Brachidonta variabilis and Spondylus spinosus have shown good selectivity for Cd and Pb and Pinctada radiate for Zn and Thais haemostoma for Cu. In addition, the migrant Mullusca from the Red Sea, Strombus persicus, can be used as biomonitor for lead, Zn and Cu, Cd, while the shell of Thais haemostoma for lead. However, the importance of the results of the present study that are considered as a baseline data for radionuclides in Mullusca distributed along the Syria coast and it is the only study in the eastern Mediterranean basin, that defined the Mollusca species which could be use as biomonitors for radionuclides. (Authors)

  19. A radioactivity study of mollusca distributed along the Syrian coast

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    In the present work, radioactivity has been studied in several Mollusca collected from four selected sites (Al Basset, Latakia, Banise and Tartous) along the Syrian coast. Concentration Factors (CF) of radionuclides (Lead-210, Polonium-210, Uranium Isotopes, Potassium-40 and Cesium-137) in mussels and shells of Mollusca have been calculated in order to determine the species that could be used as Bioindicators for these isotopes. Statistical analysis of the results using the box plot method showed that the mussels of Spondylus gaederopus spinosus and Chama pacifica can be used as biomonitor for the studied radionuclides in addition to shell of Strombus decorus persicus and Spondylus gaederopus spinosus. While the mussels of Brachidonta variabilis and Spondylus gaederopus spinosus have shown good selectivity for Cd and Pb and Pinctada radiate for Zn and Thais haemostoma for Cu. In addition, the migrant Mullusca from the Red Sea, Strombus decoruspersicus, can be used as biomonitor for lead, Zn and Cu, Cd, while the shell of Thais haemostoma for lead. However, the importance of the results of the present study that are considered as a baseline data for radionuclides in Mullusca distributed along the Syria coast and it is the only study in the eastern Mediterranean basin, that defined the Mollusca species which could be use as biomonitors for radionuclides. (Authors)

  20. Patterns of larval distribution and settlement of Concholepas concholepas (Bruguiere, 1789) (Gastropoda, Muricidae) in fjords and channels of southern Chile / Patrones de distribución de larvas y asentamiento de Concholepas concholepas (Bruguiere, 1789) (Gastropoda, Muricidae) en fiordos y canales del sur de Chile

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    CARLOS, MOLINET; ALEJANDRA, ARÉVALO; MARÍA TERESA, GONZÁLEZ; CARLOS A., MORENO; JAVIER, ARATA; EDWIN, NIKLITSCHEK.

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    Full Text Available Concholepas concholepas (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Muricidae) se distribuye entre las costas del sur de Perú y extremo sur de Chile. Prácticamente todos los estudios sobre este gastrópodo han sido realizados en costas expuestas, sin considerar los fiordos y canales del sur de Chile, a pesar de que estos [...] representan aproximadamente el 95 % de la línea costera de este país. Aunque se ha publicado un importante volumen de literatura sobre C. concholepas, existen escasos antecedentes acerca de su desarrollo larval temprano en condiciones naturales, principalmente debido a que estos estadios han sido escasamente recolectados en la naturaleza. Este estudio es el primer intento por determinar los patrones de abundancia espacial y temporal de larvas de C. concholepas a través de su desarrollo hasta el asentamiento, en su ambiente natural. Para ello, fueron recolectadas muestras de plancton semanalmente en superficie y 8 m de profundidad en cuatro canales del sur de Chile. Temperatura y salinidad fueron registradas simultáneamente en cada sector. El asentamiento fue cuantificado usando un sustrato artificial en los cuatro sectores. En este estudio se observó que el desarrollo larval de C. concholepas ocurre durante todo el año en las aguas interiores del sur de Chile, observándose estados tempranos principalmente entre agosto y marzo, estados competentes entre junio y agosto, y asentamiento entre julio y agosto. Así, C. concholepas parece tener un largo periodo de desarrollo larval cuya duración fue estimada entre 6 a 12 meses en este estudio. Finalmente se sugiere que la hidrología local puede afectar el desarrollo larval de C. concholepas en esta región. Nuevas investigaciones oceanográficas y ecológicas son necesarias para responder las interrogantes e hipótesis surgidas de este estudio Abstract in english The distribution of Concholepas concholepas (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Muricidae) is limited to the coasts of Chile and southern Peru. Almost all studies of this gastropod have been carried out in open coastal systems, rather than the fjords and channels of southern Chile, despite the fact that this are [...] a represents ca. 95 % of the total coastline in this country. Although there is a large volume of background literature on C. concholepas, almost nothing is published about early larval development under natural conditions, mostly because early veligers have rarely been found in nature. This study is the first attempt to determine the spatial and temporal abundance and size patterns of C. concholepas larvae in their natural environment throughout all of their developmental stages until they settle. Weekly plankton samples were obtained at the surface and at 8 m depth in four locations in southern Chile in combination with temperature and salinity records in each location. Settlement was quantified using artificial substrates in all locations. We have observed that C. concholepas larval development occurs throughout the entire year in Chilean inland seas, with early veliger larvae being released mostly from August to March, reaching the competent stage around June to August, and settling between July and August. Thus, larvae appear to have a long planktonic development that can last between 6 and 12 months. Differences in local hydrology could affect larval development of C. concholepas in this region. Further oceanographic and ecological investigation is necessary in order to answer the questions and hypotheses originated from this study

  1. Patterns of larval distribution and settlement of Concholepas concholepas (Bruguiere, 1789 (Gastropoda, Muricidae in fjords and channels of southern Chile Patrones de distribución de larvas y asentamiento de Concholepas concholepas (Bruguiere, 1789 (Gastropoda, Muricidae en fiordos y canales del sur de Chile

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    CARLOS MOLINET

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    Full Text Available The distribution of Concholepas concholepas (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Muricidae is limited to the coasts of Chile and southern Peru. Almost all studies of this gastropod have been carried out in open coastal systems, rather than the fjords and channels of southern Chile, despite the fact that this area represents ca. 95 % of the total coastline in this country. Although there is a large volume of background literature on C. concholepas, almost nothing is published about early larval development under natural conditions, mostly because early veligers have rarely been found in nature. This study is the first attempt to determine the spatial and temporal abundance and size patterns of C. concholepas larvae in their natural environment throughout all of their developmental stages until they settle. Weekly plankton samples were obtained at the surface and at 8 m depth in four locations in southern Chile in combination with temperature and salinity records in each location. Settlement was quantified using artificial substrates in all locations. We have observed that C. concholepas larval development occurs throughout the entire year in Chilean inland seas, with early veliger larvae being released mostly from August to March, reaching the competent stage around June to August, and settling between July and August. Thus, larvae appear to have a long planktonic development that can last between 6 and 12 months. Differences in local hydrology could affect larval development of C. concholepas in this region. Further oceanographic and ecological investigation is necessary in order to answer the questions and hypotheses originated from this studyConcholepas concholepas (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Muricidae se distribuye entre las costas del sur de Perú y extremo sur de Chile. Prácticamente todos los estudios sobre este gastrópodo han sido realizados en costas expuestas, sin considerar los fiordos y canales del sur de Chile, a pesar de que estos representan aproximadamente el 95 % de la línea costera de este país. Aunque se ha publicado un importante volumen de literatura sobre C. concholepas, existen escasos antecedentes acerca de su desarrollo larval temprano en condiciones naturales, principalmente debido a que estos estadios han sido escasamente recolectados en la naturaleza. Este estudio es el primer intento por determinar los patrones de abundancia espacial y temporal de larvas de C. concholepas a través de su desarrollo hasta el asentamiento, en su ambiente natural. Para ello, fueron recolectadas muestras de plancton semanalmente en superficie y 8 m de profundidad en cuatro canales del sur de Chile. Temperatura y salinidad fueron registradas simultáneamente en cada sector. El asentamiento fue cuantificado usando un sustrato artificial en los cuatro sectores. En este estudio se observó que el desarrollo larval de C. concholepas ocurre durante todo el año en las aguas interiores del sur de Chile, observándose estados tempranos principalmente entre agosto y marzo, estados competentes entre junio y agosto, y asentamiento entre julio y agosto. Así, C. concholepas parece tener un largo periodo de desarrollo larval cuya duración fue estimada entre 6 a 12 meses en este estudio. Finalmente se sugiere que la hidrología local puede afectar el desarrollo larval de C. concholepas en esta región. Nuevas investigaciones oceanográficas y ecológicas son necesarias para responder las interrogantes e hipótesis surgidas de este estudio

  2. Comunidad de moluscos asociados al mejillón verde Perna viridis (Mollusca: Bivalvia y sus relaciones tróficas en la costa norte de la Península de Araya, Estado Sucre, Venezuela

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    Sioliz Villafranca

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    Full Text Available Perna viridis es un bivalvo procedente del Indo-Pacífico que habita en la zona intermareal y ha invadido varios ecosistemas de la costa norte del estado Sucre, Venezuela. Con la finalidad de realizar un estudio sobre las comunidades de moluscos asociadas a esta especie y sus relaciones tróficas, se llevaron a cabo muestreos bimensuales entre octubre/97 y agosto/98, en un banco natural de mejillones a dos metros de profundidad en la costa norte de la península de Araya (10°40’N -48°63’W. Los organismos fueron recolectados delimitando el área con una cuadrícula de 0.25 m². Se identificaron los organismos hasta la categoría de especies utilizando claves específicas para moluscos y bibliográficamente se les determinó categoría trófica.Se capturó un total de 1 235 individuos de P. viridis y asociados a la especie 3 163 especímenes pertenecientes al phylum Mollusca, contenidos en tres clases: Bivalvia,Gastropoda y Polyplacophora. Éstas estuvieron representadas por 50 especies correspondientes a 10 órdenes, 24 familias; para los gasterópodos se contabilizaron 25 especies, para los bivalvos 22 y tres para los poliplacóforos. Del total de las especies, 40% fueron filtradoras, 26% carnívoras, 24% herbívoras y el 10% restante presentó dos categorías.De las filtradoras las más representativas fueron: Perna perna, Musculus lateralis, Crassostrea rhizophorae y Ostrea equestris; en el grupo de los carnívoros dominaron tres especies de la familia Columbellidae:Mitrella lunata, Anachis obesa y Nitidella ocellata y para el grupo de los herbívoros destacaron dos especies de la familia Fisurellidae: Diodora cayenensis y D. minuta. Se registraron dos especies filtradoras-detritívoras, y tres especies herbívoras-filtradoras representantes del género C repidula. El alto porcentaje de filtradores sería un indicativo de que dentro de este sistema probablemente hay una mayor disponibilidad de fracciones alimenticias para este grupo.Mollusc communities associated with the green mussel Perna viridis (Mollusca: Bivalvia and their trophic relations on the north coast of Araya Peninsula, Sucre State, Venezuela. Perna viridis (Linné, 1758 is an Indo-Pacific bivalve of the intertidal zone that has invaded several ecosystems of the north coast of the Sucre State,Venezuela. Bimonthly samplings were carried out between October 1997 and August 1998 to study the mollusc communities associated with this species and their trophic relationships.Studies were conducted on a naturally-occuring bank of mussels two meters deep on the north coast of the peninsula of Araya (10°40’N -48°63’W. Sample organisms were collected withing areas defined by a quadrat of 0.25 m², and were identified to the species level using taxonomic keys that also included bibliographic identification of trophic level. A total of 1 235 individuals of P. viridis were collected, along with 3 163 specimens of associated species belonging to the phylum Mollusca, including bivalves, gastropods and polyplacophora.The associated mollusc organisms represented 50 species corresponding to 10 orders and 24 families, including 25 gastropod species, 22 bivalves and three polyplacophorans. With regard to trophic level 40% of the 50 species were suspensivores, 26% carnivores, 24% herbivores and the residual 10% represented two categories (suspensivore-detritivore, herbivore-suspensivore. Of the suspensivores the most common were: Perna perna, Musculus lateralis, Crassostrea rhizophorae and Ostrea equestris. The carnivore group was dominated by the three species of the Family Columbellidae, Mitrella lunata, Anachis obesa and Nitidella ocellata.The group of herbivores was dominated by two members of the family Fisurellidae, Diodora cayenensis and D. minuta.Two species of suspensivore-detritívore and three species of herbivore-suspensivore were also found in the genus Crepidula. The high percentage of suspensivores was thought indicative, inside this ecosystem, that there is probably a higher degree of nutritious fractions available to this group.

  3. Comunidad de moluscos asociados al mejillón verde Perna viridis (Mollusca: Bivalvia) y sus relaciones tróficas en la costa norte de la Península de Araya, Estado Sucre, Venezuela

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    Sioliz, Villafranca; Mayré, Jiménez.

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Perna viridis es un bivalvo procedente del Indo-Pacífico que habita en la zona intermareal y ha invadido varios ecosistemas de la costa norte del estado Sucre, Venezuela. Con la finalidad de realizar un estudio sobre las comunidades de moluscos asociadas a esta especie y sus relaciones tróficas, se [...] llevaron a cabo muestreos bimensuales entre octubre/97 y agosto/98, en un banco natural de mejillones a dos metros de profundidad en la costa norte de la península de Araya (10°40’N -48°63’W). Los organismos fueron recolectados delimitando el área con una cuadrícula de 0.25 m². Se identificaron los organismos hasta la categoría de especies utilizando claves específicas para moluscos y bibliográficamente se les determinó categoría trófica.Se capturó un total de 1 235 individuos de P. viridis y asociados a la especie 3 163 especímenes pertenecientes al phylum Mollusca, contenidos en tres clases: Bivalvia,Gastropoda y Polyplacophora. Éstas estuvieron representadas por 50 especies correspondientes a 10 órdenes, 24 familias; para los gasterópodos se contabilizaron 25 especies, para los bivalvos 22 y tres para los poliplacóforos. Del total de las especies, 40% fueron filtradoras, 26% carnívoras, 24% herbívoras y el 10% restante presentó dos categorías.De las filtradoras las más representativas fueron: Perna perna, Musculus lateralis, Crassostrea rhizophorae y Ostrea equestris; en el grupo de los carnívoros dominaron tres especies de la familia Columbellidae:Mitrella lunata, Anachis obesa y Nitidella ocellata y para el grupo de los herbívoros destacaron dos especies de la familia Fisurellidae: Diodora cayenensis y D. minuta. Se registraron dos especies filtradoras-detritívoras, y tres especies herbívoras-filtradoras representantes del género C repidula. El alto porcentaje de filtradores sería un indicativo de que dentro de este sistema probablemente hay una mayor disponibilidad de fracciones alimenticias para este grupo. Abstract in english Mollusc communities associated with the green mussel Perna viridis (Mollusca: Bivalvia) and their trophic relations on the north coast of Araya Peninsula, Sucre State, Venezuela. Perna viridis (Linné, 1758) is an Indo-Pacific bivalve of the intertidal zone that has invaded several ecosystems of the [...] north coast of the Sucre State,Venezuela. Bimonthly samplings were carried out between October 1997 and August 1998 to study the mollusc communities associated with this species and their trophic relationships.Studies were conducted on a naturally-occuring bank of mussels two meters deep on the north coast of the peninsula of Araya (10°40’N -48°63’W). Sample organisms were collected withing areas defined by a quadrat of 0.25 m², and were identified to the species level using taxonomic keys that also included bibliographic identification of trophic level. A total of 1 235 individuals of P. viridis were collected, along with 3 163 specimens of associated species belonging to the phylum Mollusca, including bivalves, gastropods and polyplacophora.The associated mollusc organisms represented 50 species corresponding to 10 orders and 24 families, including 25 gastropod species, 22 bivalves and three polyplacophorans. With regard to trophic level 40% of the 50 species were suspensivores, 26% carnivores, 24% herbivores and the residual 10% represented two categories (suspensivore-detritivore, herbivore-suspensivore). Of the suspensivores the most common were: Perna perna, Musculus lateralis, Crassostrea rhizophorae and Ostrea equestris. The carnivore group was dominated by the three species of the Family Columbellidae, Mitrella lunata, Anachis obesa and Nitidella ocellata.The group of herbivores was dominated by two members of the family Fisurellidae, Diodora cayenensis and D. minuta.Two species of suspensivore-detritívore and three species of herbivore-suspensivore were also found in the genus Crepidula. The high percentage of suspensivores was thought indicative, inside this ecosystem, that there is probably a higher degree of nutriti

  4. Species Composition and Distribution of Mollusca in Relation to Water Quality

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    Zeybek, Melek; Kalyoncu, Hasan; Ertan, O?mer Osman

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    Lake E?irdir is an "A class wetland" according to international criteria and in terms of the protection of biological diversity. The lake connects to Lake Kovada via a regulator and channel system. Lake Kovada is one of the important Nature Conservation Areas in Turkey. In this study, the possibility of using Mollusca for assessment of water quality in lakes E?irdir and Kovada, study-area water quality according to physico-chemical parameters, variety and distribution of Mollusca,...

  5. Check list of the Bulgarian minor freshwater snails (Gastropoda: Risooidea with some ecological and zoogeographical notes

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    DILIAN GEORGIEV

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    Full Text Available A synopsis and critical overview of all the literature on the freshwater minor snails (Gastropoda: Risooidea of Bulgaria was made. A check list of 49 species known till now in the country with the ecological and zoogeorgraphical categories to which the species belong was provided.

  6. Spatial and temporal structure of the trematode component community in Valvata macrostoma (Gastropoda, Prosobranchia).

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    Faltýnková, Anna; Valtonen, E. T.; Karvonen, A.

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    Ro?. 135, ?. 14 (2008), s. 1691-1699. ISSN 0031-1820 R&D Projects: GA ?R GP524/07/P086 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60220518 Keywords : community ecology * spatiotemporal dynamics * Trematoda * Gastropoda * Valvata macrostoma Subject RIV: GJ - Animal Vermins ; Diseases, Veterinary Medicine Impact factor: 2.071, year: 2008

  7. LA CLASE CAUDOFOVEATA (MOLLUSCA) EN EL MAR CARIBE COLOMBIANO* / THE CLASS CAUDOFOVEATA (MOLLUSCA) IN THE COLOMBIAN CARIBBEAN SEA

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    Adriana, Gracia C.; Erlenis, Fontalvo; Luis Carlos, Gámez.

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    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english Five classes of marine mollusks, including Gastropoda, Bivalvia, Cephalopoda, Scaphopoda, and Polyplacophora, have been recorded inhabiting the Colombian Caribbean Sea. Other classes with a basal position within the phylum such as Caudofoveata and Solenogastres have remained overlooked, as a result [...] of their body shape (worm-like with no shell), small sizes (Caudofoveata 1.5 to 140 mm length), and limited taxonomic information for identifications. The presence of Caudofoveata species on the continental margin of the Colombian Caribbean Sea was evidenced through several studies conducted by Invemar between 2007 and 2012. Samples were collected from localities between Gulf of Morrosquillo and La Guajira, in a bathymetrical range from 3 to 1010 m depth. These novel outcomes suggest that Caudofoveata specimens are more common in the marine fauna inhabiting soft bottoms than previously thought.

  8. Verspreiding van Burnupia capensis (Walker, 1912 en Burnupia stenochorias (Melvill & Ponsonby, 1903 (Gastropoda: Ancylidae in Suid-Afrika

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    Kenné de Kock

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    Full Text Available Die voorkoms van verteenwoordigers van die Ancylidae in Suid-Afrika is reeds in 1848 gerapporteer. Die eerste omvattende studie van hierdie familie in Suid-Afrika is egter eers in 1923 gepubliseer. Alhoewel verskeie bydraes sedertdien gepubliseer is, is verskeie outeurs van mening dat bestaande kennis oor die Ancylidae steeds gebrekkig is en dat hersiening nie net op spesievlak nie maar ook op genus-vlak nodig is. Tans is daar 14 Burnupia spesies op rekord in die databasis van die Nasionale Varswaterslakversameling (NVWSV. Hierdie bydrae handel oor die geogra? ese verspreiding en habitats van B. capensis en B. stenochorias die twee Ancylidae spesies waarvan die meeste versamelpunte in die databasis van die NVWSV op rekord is en wat ook die mees wydverspreide geogra? ese verspreiding van hierdie familie vertoon. Alhoewel beide spesies in die meerderheid van die verskeidenheid van waterliggame wat in die databasis vermeld word, aangetref is, is die grootste getal monsters van albei in standhoudende riviere en spruite en op ’n klipperige substraat versamel. Albei spesies is nie gerapporteer uit die droër streke van Suid-Afrika nie waarskynlik as gevolg van ’n beperkte vermoë om desikkasie te kan oorleef in gebiede waar standhoudende habitats ’n uitsondering is. Resultate dui daarop dat hoogte bo seevlak en aard van die substraat ’n belangrike rol gespeel het in die daarstelling van hul gedokumenteerde geogra? ese verspreiding soos weerspieël deur die rekords in die NVWSV. Min is oor die bewaringstatus van die Ancylidae van Suid-Afrika bekend, maar die karige inligting wat wel tot ons beskikking is, dui op rede tot kommer. Om sinvolle uitsprake oor die bewaringstatus en spesiediversiteit van die Mollusca van Suid-Afrika te kan maak, word aanbeveel dat van die versamelpunte op rekord weer besoek behoort te word waarna die resultate met die bestaande rekords in die databasis van die NVWSV vergelyk kan word.

     

     

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    Distribution of Burnupia capensis (Walker, 1912 and Burnupia stenochorias (Melvill & Ponsonby, 1903 (Gastropoda: Ancylidae in South Africa The presence of Ancylidae in South Africa was established as early as 1848 but the ?rst comprehensive study on this family was reported in 1923. This author came to the conclusion that extensive work still had to be done before it could be declared that knowledge pertaining to the South African representatives of this family could be considered as satisfactory. Another important contribution on South African Ancylidae was published in 1939. After a detailed morphological and histological study on Burnupia mooiensis three decades later the authors stated that the axonomy of the Ancylidae still remained unsatisfactory, a view that was supported by authors as recently as 2002. The National Freshwater Snail Collection (NFSC was established in 1956 but he oldest sample of Ancylidae on record dates back to 1954 and at present 14 species of Burnupia are represented in the database of the NFSC. This contribution deals with the geographical distribution and speci?c characteristics of the habitats of B. capensis and B. stenochorias the two most widespread species of this genus in South Africa. Very little is known of the conservation status of the Ancylidae of this country but some results pertaining to this subject are brie?y discussed. Burnupia species are relatively inconspicuous organisms that are usually attached to solid objects on the substratum or aquatic vegetation and need to be speci? cally looked for during surveys. Personnel of government authorities and municipalities who made substantial contributions to the number of samples in the NFSC therefore received special training in sampling echniques during workshops. Identi?cation of the specimens was largely based on shell and radula characteristics and on he location of the site of collection. Only samples of which the sampling sites could be located on the 1:250 000 topo cadastral map se

  9. Naididae (Annelida, Oligochaeta associated with Pomacea bridgesii (Reeve (Gastropoda, Ampullaridae Naididae (Annelida: Oligochaeta associados a Pomacea bridgesii (Reeve (Gastropoda, Ampullaridae

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    Guilherme R. Gorni

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available The family Amplullaridae belongs to this class Gastropoda and is made up of freshwater organisms with a wide geographical distribution in tropical regions. Oligochaeta worms can be found in association with snails of this family, inhabiting the umbilicus of their shells. Due to the lack of information on the ecology of these worms, this work focused on investigating which kind of Oligochaeta species associate with the mollusk Pomacea bridgesii (Reeve, 1856. Samples were collected during winter and spring 2003 and summer 2004. From a total of 209 snails collected, the presence of Oligochaeta worms was observed in only 58 of them (27.75%. In these infected snails, 89 Oligochaeta worms were found, all belonging to the family Naididae. The species Haemonais waldvogeli Bretscher, 1900, Dero (Dero nivea Aiyer, 1929 and Dero (Dero sawayai Marcus, 1943 were the most abundant (43.68%, 12.32% and 10.08%, respectively. Haemonais waldvogeli was found in all of the seasons studied, what demonstrates its affinity for this kind of substrate. The results indicate that several Naididae species find in the umbilicus of these snails's shells (which contains fine detritus a favorable habitat for establishing themselves.A família Ampullaridae, pertencente à classe Gastropoda, é caracterizada por organismos de água doce com ampla distribuição na região tropical. Vermes Oligochaeta associados a esses caracóis podem ser encontrados habitando o umbílico de suas conchas. Devido à carência de informação sobre a ecologia desses vermes, o presente trabalho centrou-se em um levantamento de espécies de Oligochaeta associadas ao molusco Pomacea bridgesii (Reeve, 1856. Em amostragens realizadas no inverno e na primavera de 2003 e no verão de 2004, foram observados 209 caracóis, sendo que somente em 58 deles foi detectada a presença de vermes Oligochaeta, correspondendo a uma incidência de 27,75%. Foram encontrados, no total, 89 oligoquetos, todos da família Naididae. As espécies Haemonais waldvogeli Bretscher, 1900, Dero (Dero nivea Aiyer, 1929 e Dero (Dero sawayai Marcus, 1943 apresentaram a maior abundância relativa (43,68%, 12,32% e 10,08%, respectivamente. Espécimes de Haemonais waldvogeli foram encontrados em todos os períodos sazonais, o que demonstra sua afinidade com este tipo de substrato. Os resultados indicam que várias espécies de Naididae encontram no umbílico da concha (que contém detrito fino um habitat favorável para seu estabelecimento.

  10. Naididae (Annelida, Oligochaeta) associated with Pomacea bridgesii (Reeve) (Gastropoda, Ampullaridae) / Naididae (Annelida: Oligochaeta) associados a Pomacea bridgesii (Reeve) (Gastropoda, Ampullaridae)

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    Guilherme R., Gorni; Roberto da G., Alves.

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available A família Ampullaridae, pertencente à classe Gastropoda, é caracterizada por organismos de água doce com ampla distribuição na região tropical. Vermes Oligochaeta associados a esses caracóis podem ser encontrados habitando o umbílico de suas conchas. Devido à carência de informação sobre a ecologia [...] desses vermes, o presente trabalho centrou-se em um levantamento de espécies de Oligochaeta associadas ao molusco Pomacea bridgesii (Reeve, 1856). Em amostragens realizadas no inverno e na primavera de 2003 e no verão de 2004, foram observados 209 caracóis, sendo que somente em 58 deles foi detectada a presença de vermes Oligochaeta, correspondendo a uma incidência de 27,75%. Foram encontrados, no total, 89 oligoquetos, todos da família Naididae. As espécies Haemonais waldvogeli Bretscher, 1900, Dero (Dero) nivea Aiyer, 1929 e Dero (Dero) sawayai Marcus, 1943 apresentaram a maior abundância relativa (43,68%, 12,32% e 10,08%, respectivamente). Espécimes de Haemonais waldvogeli foram encontrados em todos os períodos sazonais, o que demonstra sua afinidade com este tipo de substrato. Os resultados indicam que várias espécies de Naididae encontram no umbílico da concha (que contém detrito fino) um habitat favorável para seu estabelecimento. Abstract in english The family Amplullaridae belongs to this class Gastropoda and is made up of freshwater organisms with a wide geographical distribution in tropical regions. Oligochaeta worms can be found in association with snails of this family, inhabiting the umbilicus of their shells. Due to the lack of informati [...] on on the ecology of these worms, this work focused on investigating which kind of Oligochaeta species associate with the mollusk Pomacea bridgesii (Reeve, 1856). Samples were collected during winter and spring 2003 and summer 2004. From a total of 209 snails collected, the presence of Oligochaeta worms was observed in only 58 of them (27.75%). In these infected snails, 89 Oligochaeta worms were found, all belonging to the family Naididae. The species Haemonais waldvogeli Bretscher, 1900, Dero (Dero) nivea Aiyer, 1929 and Dero (Dero) sawayai Marcus, 1943 were the most abundant (43.68%, 12.32% and 10.08%, respectively). Haemonais waldvogeli was found in all of the seasons studied, what demonstrates its affinity for this kind of substrate. The results indicate that several Naididae species find in the umbilicus of these snails's shells (which contains fine detritus) a favorable habitat for establishing themselves.

  11. Cargols terrestres (Gastropoda, Stylommatophora) del Parc Natural de la Muntanya de Montserrat (Barcelona, NE península ibèrica)

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    Bros, V.

    2006-01-01

    Land snails (Gastropoda, Stylommatophora) in the Natural Park of Montserrat (Barcelona, NE Iberian peninsula) The inventory of 73 land snails in the Natural Park of Montserrat was updated following the review of 130 publications. Planned field study was also conducted in areas of different habitats on the Montserrat mountain to provide a preliminary description of the communities of land snails in the study area. A total of 342 samples of land snails were studied and 50 species were identi...

  12. Presence of argyrophilic cytoplasmic and nuclear proteins in the spermatic cells of Nucella lapillus (Gastropoda, Prosobranchia).

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    Azevedo, C; Oliveira, E

    1988-01-01

    The technique for ultrastructural localization of argyrophilic proteins was modified and NOR-Silver staining methods were applied to the study of the distribution of these proteins in the spermatic cells of Nucella lapillus (Gastropoda, Prosobranchia). Two types of selective silver deposits were found during the different phases of spermiogenesis and in mature spermatozoa. Argyrophilic nuclear, nucleolar and cytoplasmic proteins were simultaneously detected by improvement of a modified one-step silver technique. PMID:2453266

  13. A new species of Tambja (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Nudibranchia) from the Mediterranean Sea: description of the first species of the genus from the Balearic Islands and Malta

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    Domínguez, M.; Pola, M.; Ramón, M.

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    A new species of polycerid nudibranchs of the genus Tambja is described from Mallorca Island (Spain) and Malta. So far, only two species of Tambja had been recorded in the Mediterranean Sea with a distribution limited to southern Spain. With Tambja mediterranea sp. nov., the distribution of the genus in the Mediterranean Sea is extended, and the new species represents the first occurrence of Tambja at the Balearic Islands and Malta. Externally, the new species is mainly characterized by having ground orange-red colour, dorsum covered with rounded whitish tubercles, rhinophores red with whitish tips and three gill branches with orange-reddish rachis and whitish branches. In the present paper, external and internal features of T. mediterranea are described and compared with other species of the genus, especially with its most similar species, T. limaciformis. Additionally, phylogenetic analyses (Bayesian and maximum likelihood) based on mitochondrial sequences (COI) show that T. mediterranea sp. nov. is sister to T. divae and that both species cluster together with T. limaciformis and T. amakusana with the maximum support.

  14. The heart of a dragon: 3D anatomical reconstruction of the ‘scaly-foot gastropod’ (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Neomphalina) reveals its extraordinary circulatory system

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    Chen, Chong(Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026, PR China); Copley, Jonathan T.; Linse, Katrin; Rogers, Alex D.; Sigwart, Julia D.

    2015-01-01

    Introduction The ‘scaly-foot gastropod’ (Chrysomallon squamiferum Chen et al., 2015) from deep-sea hydrothermal vent ecosystems of the Indian Ocean is an active mobile gastropod occurring in locally high densities, and it is distinctive for the dermal scales covering the exterior surface of its foot. These iron-sulfide coated sclerites, and its nutritional dependence on endosymbiotic bacteria, are both noted as adaptations to the extreme environment in the flow of hydrogen sulfide. We pre...

  15. Nueva especie de Planorbidae (Gastropoda: Basommatophora) en la Patagonia chilena: Biomphalaria cristiani sp. nov. / First record of Planorbidae (Mollusca: Basommatophora) in Chilean Patagonia: Biomphalaria cristiani sp. nov.

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    Carmen, Fuentealba; Ricardo, Figueroa.

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    Full Text Available En Chile la familia Planorbidae está representada por el género Biomphalaria Preston, 1910, compuesta por siete especies distribuidas desde Isluga hasta el río Puelo. De estas especies, solo B.peregrina, ampliamente distribuida en el neotrópico, y Biomphalaria aymara de Isluga, han sido reconocidas [...] sobre la base de la morfología del sistema reproductor y la rádula, caracteres que fueron utilizados en el presente estudio para diferenciar a Biomphalaria cristiani como nueva especie del grupo y primer registro de la familia en la Patagonia chilena, ampliando su actual rango de distribución. Los caracteres que permiten la diagnosis de B. cristiani son el saco vaginal vestigial truncado, ausencia del desarrollo de los músculos suspensores del pene, vaina del pene corta en relación al prepucio, oviducto largo en relación al espermioducto y vaso deferente más delgado y largo que la vaina del pene, de tamano similar al prepucio. La localidad tipo de Biomphalaria cristiani sp. nov. es Laguna Cisnes (47°7'10.02"S, 72°27'40.65"W), región de Aysén. Abstract in english The family Planorbidae in Chile is represented by the genus Biomphalaria Preston, 1910, consisting of seven species distributed from Isluga to Puelo River. Of these species, only Biomphalaria peregrina widely distributed in the neotropical and Biomphalaria aymara from Isluga are recognized based on [...] the morphology of the reproductive system and radula, characters that were used in the following study to differentiate Biomphalaria cristiani as a new species of this group and first record of the family in Chilean Patagonia, extending its current distribution range. The characters for the diagnosis of B. cristiani are: truncated vestigial vaginal pouch, lack of development of the penis retractor muscles, penis sheath shorter than the prepuce, oviduct longer than the spermiduct and vas deferens thinner and longer than the penis sheath, similar size to the prepuce. The type locality of B. cristiani nov. sp. is Laguna Cisnes (47°7'10.02"S; 72°27'40.65"W), Aysén region.

  16. Threatened freshwater and terrestrial molluscs (Mollusca, Gastropoda et Bivalvia of Santa Catarina State, Southern Brazil: check list and evaluation of regional threats

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    Full Text Available A total of nineteen continental native mollusc species are confirmed for the Santa Catarina State (SC(organized in ten Genera and seven Families, one aquatic Prosobranchia/Caenogastropoda (Ampullariidae,six Pulmonata terrestrial gastropods (one Ellobiidae, three Megalobulimidae and two micro-snails –Charopidae and Streptaxidae and twelve freshwater mussels (eight Mycetopodidae and four Hyriidae. Thesespecies are designated by the International Union for Conservation of the Nature – IUCN as follows: seven as"Vulnerable", six "In Danger" and six “Without Category Established”. The general regional threats that thesespecies are subjected to are briefly analyzed.

  17. Nueva especie de Planorbidae (Gastropoda: Basommatophora en la Patagonia chilena: Biomphalaria cristiani sp. nov. First record of Planorbidae (Mollusca: Basommatophora in Chilean Patagonia: Biomphalaria cristiani sp. nov.

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    Carmen Fuentealba

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available En Chile la familia Planorbidae está representada por el género Biomphalaria Preston, 1910, compuesta por siete especies distribuidas desde Isluga hasta el río Puelo. De estas especies, solo B.peregrina, ampliamente distribuida en el neotrópico, y Biomphalaria aymara de Isluga, han sido reconocidas sobre la base de la morfología del sistema reproductor y la rádula, caracteres que fueron utilizados en el presente estudio para diferenciar a Biomphalaria cristiani como nueva especie del grupo y primer registro de la familia en la Patagonia chilena, ampliando su actual rango de distribución. Los caracteres que permiten la diagnosis de B. cristiani son el saco vaginal vestigial truncado, ausencia del desarrollo de los músculos suspensores del pene, vaina del pene corta en relación al prepucio, oviducto largo en relación al espermioducto y vaso deferente más delgado y largo que la vaina del pene, de tamano similar al prepucio. La localidad tipo de Biomphalaria cristiani sp. nov. es Laguna Cisnes (47°7'10.02"S, 72°27'40.65"W, región de Aysén.The family Planorbidae in Chile is represented by the genus Biomphalaria Preston, 1910, consisting of seven species distributed from Isluga to Puelo River. Of these species, only Biomphalaria peregrina widely distributed in the neotropical and Biomphalaria aymara from Isluga are recognized based on the morphology of the reproductive system and radula, characters that were used in the following study to differentiate Biomphalaria cristiani as a new species of this group and first record of the family in Chilean Patagonia, extending its current distribution range. The characters for the diagnosis of B. cristiani are: truncated vestigial vaginal pouch, lack of development of the penis retractor muscles, penis sheath shorter than the prepuce, oviduct longer than the spermiduct and vas deferens thinner and longer than the penis sheath, similar size to the prepuce. The type locality of B. cristiani nov. sp. is Laguna Cisnes (47°7'10.02"S; 72°27'40.65"W, Aysén region.

  18. Effects of endocrine disruptors on prosobranch snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the laboratory. Part I: Bisphenol A and octylphenol as xeno-estrogens.

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    Oehlmann, J; Schulte-Oehlmann, U; Tillmann, M; Markert, B

    2000-12-01

    The effects of suspected endocrine disrupting chemicals on freshwater and marine prosobranch species were analysed in laboratory experiments. In this first publication, the responses of the freshwater snail Marisa cornuarietis and of the marine prosobranch Nucella lapillus to the xeno-estrogenic model compounds bisphenol A (BPA) and octylphenol (OP) are presented at nominal concentration ranges between 1 and 100 micrograms/L. Marisa was exposed during 5 months using adult specimens and in a complete life-cycle test for 12 months. In both experiments, the xeno-estrogens induced a complex syndrome of alterations in female Marisa referred to as "superfemales" at the lowest concentrations. Affected specimens were characterised by the formation of additional female organs, an enlargement of the accessory pallial sex glands, gross malformations of the pallial oviduct section resulting in an increased female mortality, and a massive stimulation of oocyte and spawning mass production. The effects of BPA and OP were comparable at the same nominal concentrations. An exposure to OP resulted in inverted U-type concentration response relationships for egg and spawning mass production. Adult Nucella from the field were tested for three months in the laboratory. As in Marisa, superfemales with enlarged accessory pallial sex glands and an enhancement of oocyte production were observed. No oviduct malformations were found probably due to species differences in the gross anatomical structure of the pallial oviduct. A lower percentage of exposed specimens had ripe sperm stored in their vesicula seminalis and additionally male Nucella exhibited a reduced length of penis and prostate gland when compared to the control. Because statistically significant effects were observed at the lowest nominal test concentrations (1 microgram BPA or OP/L), it can be assumed that even lower concentrations may have a negative impact on the snails. The results show that prosobranchs are sensitive to endocrine disruption at environmentally relevant concentrations and that especially M. cornuarietis is a promising candidate for a future organismic invertebrate model to identify endocrine-mimetic test compounds. PMID:11214443

  19. Bait formulations of molluscicides and their effects on biochemical changes in the ovotestis of snail Lymnaea acuminata (Mollusca; Gastropoda:Lymnaeidae).

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    Kumar, Pradeep; Singh, Vinay Kumar; Singh, D K

    2011-01-01

    The effect of sub-lethal feeding of bait formulations containing molluscicidal component of Ferula asafoetida (ferulic acid, umbelliferone), Syzygium aromaticum (eugenol) and Carum carvi (limonene) on biochemical changes in the ovotestis of snail Lymnaea acuminata were studied. Bait formulations feeding to L. acuminata were studied in clear glass aquaria having diameter of 30 cm. Baits were prepared from different binary combinations of attractant amino acid (valine, aspartic acid, lysine and alanine 10 mM) in 100 mL of 2% agar solution + sub-lethal (20% and 60% of 24h LC50) doses of different molluscicides (ferulic acid, umbelliferone, eugenol and limonene). These baits caused maximum significant reduction in free amino acid, protein, DNA, RNA levels i.e. 41.37, 23.56, 48.36 and 14.29% of control in the ovotestis of the snail, respectively. Discontinuation of feeding after treatment of 60% of 96h LC50 of molluscicide containing bait for next 72h caused a significant recovery in free amino acid, protein, DNA and RNA levels in the ovotestis of L. acuminata. PMID:22012453

  20. The effect of stocking density on the growth of apple snails native Pomacea bridgesii and exotic Pomacea lineata (Mollusca, Gastropoda)

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    ESMAR SOUZA JÚNIOR; JOSÉ CARLOS N. DE BARROS; KARLA PARESQUE; Rodrigo R. Freitas

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    The demand for alternative food sources is currently in evidence in the world and, therefore, the culture of animal species considered not conventional makes this theme relevant and appropriate. In the present study, the species Pomacea lineata and Pomacea bridgesii, each with three stowage densities (0.5 [T1], 1 [T2], and 1.5 [T3] animal/L), were tested. They were analyzed regarding growth rate, weight gain, final biomass, feed conversion and percentage of survival. There was not any statist...

  1. Veronicellidae (Mollusca, Gastropoda) neotropicais: IV. Redescrição dos tipos de Vaginula andreana, Vaginula reinhardti e Vaginula trilineata, no Zoologisk Museum de Copenhague, Dinamarca

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    José Willibaldo, Thomé.

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    Full Text Available Com base no exame dos tipos, são redescritas as espécies Vaginula andreana Semper, 1885, Vaginula reinhardti Semper, 1885 e Vaginula trilineata Semper, 1885. As espécies provêm, respectivamente, de Maurício (Ilhas Mascarenhas; leg. Andrea), Macau, China (leg. Reinhardt), e provavelmente Maurício (Il [...] has Mascarenhas; leg. Andrea, encontrado num pote de plantas no Jardim Botânico de Copenhague). Discute-se a sinonímia das espécies. Abstract in english Upon the examination of the types, the species Vaginula andreana Semper, 1885, Vaginula reinhardti Semper, 1885, and Vaginula trilineata Semper, 1885, are redescribed. They proceed from, respectively: Mauritius (Mascarene ls.; leg. Andrea); Macao, China (leg. Reinhardt): probably Mauritius (Mascaren [...] e ls.; leg. Andrea; found in a pot of plants in the Botanical Garden of Copenhagen). The synonymy of the species is discussed.

  2. Current knowledge on population studies on five continental molluscs (Mollusca, Gastropoda et Bivalvia of Santa Catarina State (SC, Central Southern Brazil region

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    A. Ignacio Agudo-Padrón

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Although still very scarce, available knowledge on population studies on continental (land and freshwatermolluscs in the territory of Santa Catarina State is shortly analyzed and discussed. Based on the IUCN“Restricted Distribution” criterion, a total of 54 nominal species, including 31 terrestrial gastropods, 15freshwater gastropods and 8 limnic bivalves, were considered strong candidates as threatened taxa. Out of allthese endangered species, only 5 limnic forms (2 gastropods and 3 bivalves were previously analysed, in someway, at population level.

  3. Effect of pollution on some freshwater species. I. histochemical and biochemical features of lead pollution on some organs of Viviparus viviparus L. (Mollusca Gastropoda)

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    Benedetti, I.; Benedetti, L.; Bolognani, L.; Bolognani Fantin, A.M.; Marini, M.; Ottaviani, E.

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    Experimental lead pollution was studied in some organs (foot, mantle and digestive gland) of Viviparus viviparus L. The amount of lead contained after 48h, 96 h and one week of pollution were established using an atomic absorption spectrophotometer. On the basis of physicochemical determination, it turns out that lead is mainly concentrated in the mantle. The biochemical tests (cholesterol, sulpholipids and phospholipids) were aimed at evaluating the lipids involved in the membranes. The histochemical research was carried out chiefly to evaluate the modifications of polysaccharides and proteins. Some hydrolytic enzymes (Na+ and K+ dependent ATPase) and some ooreductive enzymes (NADH+ and NADPH+ dependent diaphorases, D-lactate dehydrogenase, succinate dehydrogenase and glucose-6-P-dehydrogenase) were also tested. The digestive gland is the most severely damaged organ as proved by histomorphological and biochemical analyses.

  4. Comparative genomics of vesicomyid clam (Bivalvia: Mollusca chemosynthetic symbionts

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    Girguis Peter R

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The Vesicomyidae (Bivalvia: Mollusca are a family of clams that form symbioses with chemosynthetic gamma-proteobacteria. They exist in environments such as hydrothermal vents and cold seeps and have a reduced gut and feeding groove, indicating a large dependence on their endosymbionts for nutrition. Recently, two vesicomyid symbiont genomes were sequenced, illuminating the possible nutritional contributions of the symbiont to the host and making genome-wide evolutionary analyses possible. Results To examine the genomic evolution of the vesicomyid symbionts, a comparative genomics framework, including the existing genomic data combined with heterologous microarray hybridization results, was used to analyze conserved gene content in four vesicomyid symbiont genomes. These four symbionts were chosen to include a broad phylogenetic sampling of the vesicomyid symbionts and represent distinct chemosynthetic environments: cold seeps and hydrothermal vents. Conclusion The results of this comparative genomics analysis emphasize the importance of the symbionts' chemoautotrophic metabolism within their hosts. The fact that these symbionts appear to be metabolically capable autotrophs underscores the extent to which the host depends on them for nutrition and reveals the key to invertebrate colonization of these challenging environments.

  5. Estudio Histológico del Tubo Digestivo y Aparato Venenoso de Gemmula periscelida (Gastropoda: Turridae) / Histologic Study of Digestive Tract and Venom Apparatus of Gemmula periscelida (Gastropoda: Turridae)

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    Norma Angélica, Santibañez Aguascalientes; Esperanza, Ortíz Ordóñez; Andrés, Falcón Alcántara; Edgar P, Heimer de la Cotera.

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    Full Text Available En el presente trabajo se describe anatómica e histológicamente el tubo digestivo y aparato venenoso de Gemmula periscelida (Gastropoda: Turridae) en ejemplares colectados al Noroeste de la Plataforma Continental Yucateca. Se determinó que el tipo de epitelio que reviste a cada una de las zonas del [...] tubo digestivo (probóscide, esófago anterior, medio y posterior, estómago, glándula digestiva e intestino) y al aparato venenoso, es diferente a lo reportado para otros túrridos; por lo que se infiere el posible mecanismo de alimentación para esta especie. Abstract in english In this paper we realized anatomical and histologically description of the digestive tract and venom apparatus of Gemmula periscelida (Gastropoda: Turridae) specimens collected northwest of the Yucatan Shelf. Results of analysis show that there are differences in the type of epithelium coating each [...] of the areas of the digestive tract (proboscis, anterior, middle and posterior esophagus, stomach, digestive gland and intestine) and of a venom apparatus with respect to that reported for other turrid snails. This suggests the possible feeding mechanism for this species.

  6. CHILEAN MARINE MOLLUSCA OF NORTHERN PATAGONIA COLLECTED DURING THE CIMAR-10 FJORDS CRUISE MOLUSCOS MARINOS CHILENOS DEL NORTE DE LA PATAGONIA RECOLECTADOS DURANTE EL CRUCERO DE FIORDOS CIMAR-10

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    Javiera Cárdenas

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    Full Text Available The tip of the South American cone is one of the most interesting Subantarctic areas, both biogeographically and ecologically. Nonetheless, knowledge of the area's biodiversity, in particular that of the subtidal marine habitats, remains poor. Therefore, in 2004, a biodiversity research project was carried out as a part of the cruise Cimar-10 Fjords, organized and supported by the Chilean National Oceanographic Committee (CONA. The results of the subtidal marine mollusk surveys are presented herein. The samples were collected aboard the Agor 60 "Vidal Gormaz" in winter 2004. The study area covered the northern Chilean Patagonia from Seno de Relocanví (41°31'S to Boca del Guafo (43°49'S, on the continental shelf from 22 to 353 m depth. The Mollusca were collected at 23 sampling sites using an Agassiz trawl. In total, 67 species were recorded: 4% Polyplacophora (Leptochitonidae, Ischnochitonidae, 58% Gastropoda (Lepetidae, Fissurellidae, Trochidae, Turbinidae, Calyptraeidae, Capulidae, Naticidae, Ranellidae, Cerithiopsidae, Epitoniidae, Muricidae, Buccinidae, Columbellidae, Nassariidae, Volutidae, Cancellariidae, Turridae, Pyramidellidae, Acteonidae, Chilinidae, 36% Bivalvia (Nuculidae, Yoldiidae, Malletiidae, Tindariidae, Limopsidae, Phylobryidae, Mytilidae, Pectinidae, Propeamussidae, Lucinidae, Thyasiridae, Neoleptonidae, Carditidae, Condylocardiidae, Veneridae, Tellinidae, Lyonsiidae, Pandoridae, Cuspidariidae, and 1% Scaphopoda (Rhabdidae. Our results show a high proportion of southern (Magellanic subtidal species; 45 species (67% are strictly Magellanic or Antarctic and another 16 (24% were widespread species, with distributions extending to the south of our study area. Only six species (9% were strictly Peruvian.El extremo sur de Sudamérica representa una de las áreas subantárticas más interesantes desde un punto de vista ecológico y biogeográñco. A pesar de ello, el conocimiento que se tiene sobre la biodiversidad del área, y en particular de los habitats marinos submareales, es relativamente pobre. En el año 2004 se realizó un proyecto de investigación sobre biodiversidad como parte del crucero Fiordos Cimar-10, organizado y financiado por el Comité Oceanógrafico Nacional de Chile (CONA. En este artículo se describen los resultados obtenidos sobre de los moluscos submareales. Las muestras fueron obtenidas en el invierno del 2004, a bordo del buque Agor 60 "Vidal Gormaz". El área de estudio se localizó en el extremo norte de la Patagonia chilena, desde el Seno de Relocanví (41 °31' S hasta la Boca del Guafo (43°49'S, en la plataforma continental comprendida entre 22 y 353 m de profundidad. Los moluscos fueron recolectados en 23 estaciones de muestreo empleando una rastra Agassiz. Se registró un total de 67 especies, consistentes en 4% Polyplacophora (Leptochitonidae, Ischnochitonidae, 58% Gastropoda (Lepetidae, Fissurellidae, Trochidae, Turbinidae, Calyptraeidae, Capulidae, Naticidae, Ranellidae, Cerithiopsidae, Epitoniidae, Muricidae, Buccinidae, Columbellidae, Nassariidae, Volutidae, Cancellariidae, Turridae, Pyramidellidae, Acteonidae, Chilinidae, 36% Bivalvia (Nuculidae, Yoldiidae, Malletiidae, Tindariidae, Limopsidae, Phylobryidae, Mytilidae, Pectinidae, Propeamussidae, Lucinidae, Thyasiridae, Neoleptonidae, Carditidae, Condylocardiidae, Veneridae, Tellinidae, Lyonsiidae, Pandoridae, Cuspidariidae y 1% Scaphopoda (Rhabdidae. Nuestros resultados muestran que las especies submareales presentan una elevada proporción con carácter austral (magallámco. Del total de 67 taxa registrados, 45 especies son estrictamente magallámcas o antarticas (67% y 16 presentan una amplia área de distribución que se extiende al sur del área de estudio (24%. Sólo seis de las especies (9% son estrictamente de la provincia biogeográfica peruana.

  7. Bioactive substances with anti-neoplastic efficacy from marine invertebrates: Bryozoa, Mollusca, Echinodermata and Urochordata

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    Petr Sima

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    Full Text Available The marine environment provides a rich source of natural products with potential therapeutic application. This has resulted in an increased rate of pharmaceutical agents being discovered in marine animals, particularly invertebrates. Our objective is to summarize the most promising compounds which have the best potential and may lead to use in clinical practice, show their biological activities and highlight the compounds currently being tested in clinical trials. In this paper, we focused on Bryozoa, Mollusca, Echinodermata and Urochordata.

  8. What explains the invading success of the aquatic mud snail Potamopyrgus antipodarum (Hydrobiidae, Mollusca)?

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    The spread of non-native species is one of the most harmful and least reversible disturbances in ecosystems. Species have to overcome several filters to become a pest (transport, establishment, spread and impact). Few studies have checked the traits that confer ability to overcome these steps in the same species. The aim of the present study is to review the available information on the life-history and ecological traits of the mud snail, Potamopyrgus antipodarum Gray (Hydrobiidae, Mollusca),...

  9. Izolované populace praménky Bythinella austriaca (Frauenfeld, 1857 (Gastropoda: Hydrobiidae v okolí Prahy Isolated populations of Bythinella austriaca (Frauenfeld, 1857 (Gastropoda: Hydrobiidae in Prague surroundings (Czech Republic

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    Full Text Available This paper completes the knowledge of an occurrence of Bythinella austriaca (Frauenfeld, 1857 (Gastropoda: Hydrobiidae in surroundings of Prague – capital of the Czech Republic. However, this species is not rare in the eastern part of the Czech Republic, sites on north-western otskirts of Prague are isolated far from the main distribution area. Altogether, 63 sites potentially suitable for B. austriaca were investigated in this area, and occurrence of this species was confirmed in 11 of them. B. austriaca was found in springs, rivulets and small brooks, more numerous populations were found in springs. Historical occurrence data in this area were compared with results of research done in 2003, 2006 and 2010. Actual situation of this species in Prague surroundings is problematic and survival of some populations is not guaranteed.

  10. LARVAS DE DIGENEA EN Melanoides tuberculata (GASTROPODA: THIARIDAE EN MEDELLÍN, COLOMBIA Larval stages of digenea from Melanoides tuberculata (Gastropoda: Thiaridae in Medellín, Colombia

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    Full Text Available Se describen las larvas de digeneos que se obtuvieron en Melanoides tuberculata (Gastropoda: Thiaridae, molusco dulceacuícola del que se colectaron 125 especímenes en el lago del Jardín Botánico Joaquín Antonio Uribe de Medellín. En el laboratorio se individualizaron y se estimuló la emisión cercariana con una fuente luminosa. El 9,6 % de los caracoles emitió cercarias. Los moluscos emisores se sacrificaron para obtener los demás estadios larvarios. Las larvas se montaron al microscopio, se midieron y luego se dibujaron. Los caracteres morfológicos permitieron establecer la presencia de Centrocestus formosanus (Heterophyidae y de dos Philophthalmidae. Uno de estos es primer registro para Colombia. Se confirma la sensibilidad de M. tuberculata a infecciones por digeneos, así como la especificidad de los filoftálmidos por moluscos hospedadores de la superfamilia Cerithioidea.The larvae of two trematodes found in the freshwater mollusk Melanoides tuberculata (Gastropoda: Thiaridae are described. 125 snails from the Medellin’s Botanical Garden Joaquín Antonio Uribe were collected. In the laboratory, each individual was placed alone and stimulated with light in order to have cercaria emission. 9.6% of the snails released cercariae. These were separated in three morphologies. From each one, 15 individuals were measured and drawn. Photographs were taken. Based on their morphological characteritics the presence of Centrocestus formosanus (Heterophyidae was determined. The other two morphologies were classified in the family Philophthalmidae. One of them constitutes the first register for Colombia. The sensibility of M. tuberculata to infections by digeneans, and the specificity of the family Philophthalmidae to mollusk hosts of the superfamily Cerithioidea are confirmed

  11. LARVAS DE DIGENEA EN Melanoides tuberculata (GASTROPODA: THIARIDAE) EN MEDELLÍN, COLOMBIA / Larval stages of digenea from Melanoides tuberculata (Gastropoda: Thiaridae) in Medellín, Colombia

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    DANIELA, VERGARA; LUZ ELENA, VELÁSQUEZ.

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    Full Text Available Se describen las larvas de digeneos que se obtuvieron en Melanoides tuberculata (Gastropoda: Thiaridae), molusco dulceacuícola del que se colectaron 125 especímenes en el lago del Jardín Botánico Joaquín Antonio Uribe de Medellín. En el laboratorio se individualizaron y se estimuló la emisión cercar [...] iana con una fuente luminosa. El 9,6 % de los caracoles emitió cercarias. Los moluscos emisores se sacrificaron para obtener los demás estadios larvarios. Las larvas se montaron al microscopio, se midieron y luego se dibujaron. Los caracteres morfológicos permitieron establecer la presencia de Centrocestus formosanus (Heterophyidae) y de dos Philophthalmidae. Uno de estos es primer registro para Colombia. Se confirma la sensibilidad de M. tuberculata a infecciones por digeneos, así como la especificidad de los filoftálmidos por moluscos hospedadores de la superfamilia Cerithioidea. Abstract in english The larvae of two trematodes found in the freshwater mollusk Melanoides tuberculata (Gastropoda: Thiaridae) are described. 125 snails from the Medellin’s Botanical Garden Joaquín Antonio Uribe were collected. In the laboratory, each individual was placed alone and stimulated with light in order to h [...] ave cercaria emission. 9.6% of the snails released cercariae. These were separated in three morphologies. From each one, 15 individuals were measured and drawn. Photographs were taken. Based on their morphological characteritics the presence of Centrocestus formosanus (Heterophyidae) was determined. The other two morphologies were classified in the family Philophthalmidae. One of them constitutes the first register for Colombia. The sensibility of M. tuberculata to infections by digeneans, and the specificity of the family Philophthalmidae to mollusk hosts of the superfamily Cerithioidea are confirmed

  12. EXPLOTACIÓN, USOS Y ESTADO ACTUAL DE LA CIGUA O BURGAO CITTARIUM PICA (MOLLUSCA: GASTROPODA: TROCHIDAE)EN LA COSTA CONTINENTAL DEL CARIBE COLOMBIANO / EXPLOITATION, USES AND CURRENT STATUS OF THE WEST INDIAN TOPSHELL CITTARIUM PICA (MOLLUSCA: GASTROPODA, TROCHIDAE) ALONG THE COLOMBIAN CARIBBEAN COAST

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    Adriana, Osorno Arango; Juan M., Díaz Merlano.

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    Full Text Available La cigua o burgao, Cittarium pica es un gasterópodo común y conspicuo de la zona intermareal del litoral rocoso del Caribe y ha sido utilizado como alimento por el hombre desde tiempos precolombinos. Aunque la extracción del recurso es realizada únicamente por pescadores artesanales y principalmente [...] para autoconsumo de pobladores locales, su abundancia se ha visto reducida notablemente durante los últimos diez años, por lo que la especie hace parte de la lista roja de fauna amenazada en varios países caribeños, incluido Colombia. El presente estudio tuvo por objeto hacer un diagnóstico del estado actual de la población de C. pica a lo largo de la costa continental del Caribe colombiano, así como una caracterización general de los niveles de explotación y usos en tiempos recientes. Para ello, la costa Caribe colombiana se dividió en cinco sectores de acuerdo al rango de distribución establecida para la especie: 1-Urabá chocoano, 2-Isla Fuerte, 3-Cartagena e Islas del Rosario, 4-Santa Marta y Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, 5-La Guajira. En cada uno de los sectores se efectuaron encuestas a los pobladores locales. Se realizaron muestreos en una serie de estaciones representativas con el fin de determinar la abundancia, densidad y estructura de tallas de la población de C. pica. La presión por extracción que se ejerce sobre el recurso es variable entre los sectores, siendo mayor en Santa Marta y Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Urabá chocoano, y Cartagena e Islas del Rosario. El uso principal que se da al recurso es como complemento de la dieta de los pobladores locales, aunque en algunas ocasiones éstos también comercializan la carne y la concha. Las conchas se venden a artesanos que elaboran con ella objetos de bisutería y "souvenirs". La densidad ecológica promedio en toda el área de estudio fue 5.38 Ind/m² (± 0.82), con diferencias significativas tanto entre los sectores como entre las estaciones de un mismo sector. La estructura de tallas de la población (talla promedio = 25.08 mm ± 4.71, moda = 11.10 mm) indica que en general el recurso está sometido a sobreexplotación en el Caribe colombiano. Con ello, se confirma que C. pica enfrenta un riesgo de extinción en el mediano plazo en Colombia y debe mantenerse en la categoría de "vulnerable" en la lista roja de especies amenazadas del mismo país. Abstract in english The West Indian topshell, Cittarium pica is a common and conspicuous gastropod that thrives in Caribbean intertidal rocky shores and has been used for food by men since pre-Columbian times. Although, the exploitation of this resource is practiced only by artisanal fishermen and mainly for self-consu [...] mption, its abundance has noticeably reduced in the last ten years, so the species has been included in the endangered animal lists of several Caribbean countries, including Colombia. The present study was carried out to assess the current status of the population of C. pica along the Colombian Caribbean mainland and to describe the overall exploitation level and uses of this resource in recent times. In order to achieve so, Colombian Caribbean coast was divided into five zones according to the established distribution range of the species: 1-Urabá chocoano, 2-Isla Fuerte, 3-Cartagena and Rosario Islands, 4-Santa Marta and Tayrona Natural National Park, 5-La Guajira. In each one of the zones opinion polls among local inhabitants were conducted. A series of samples from representative stations were obtained in order to determine the abundance, density and size structure of the C. pica population. The fishing pressure on the resource is different between the sectors, being greater in Santa Marta and Tayrona Natural National Park, Urabá chocoano, and Cartagena and Rosario Islands. The main use given to C. pica is as dietary complement of the local population, but the flesh and shells are commercialized at times. Shells are sold to artisans and used for "souvenirs" and handcraft manufactures. The mean ecological density of C. pica in the entire study

  13. Utilization of shells of the snail Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca, Gastropoda by the hermit crab Clibanarius vittatus (Bosc, 1802 (Decapoda, Anomura in the São Vicente Estuary, São Paulo, Brazil Utilización de conchas de caracoles terrestres Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca, Gastropoda por el cangrejo ermitaño Clibanarius vittatus (Bosc, 1802 (Decapoda, Anomura en el estuario de São Vicente, São Paulo, Brasil

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    Full Text Available Hermit crabs depend on mollusc shells for housing. In this study, an unusual resource is reported for a hermit crab that usually inhabits marine gastropod shells. During a field study conducted from May 2001 to April 2003 in an estuarine area in São Vicente, state of São Paulo, Brazil, 21 individuals of Clibanarius vittatus (Bosc, 1802 were found inhabiting the shells of the terrestrial gastropod Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822. A. fulica occurs in nearshore grass patches, where occasional contact with sea water kills them, and their shells then become available to the hermit crabsEl cangrejo ermitaño depende de conchas de moluscos para hacer de ella su casa. Este estudio ha descubierto una manera inusual de como vive este cangrejo, que generalmente habita la concha de gastrópodos marinos. El estudio fue realizado en la estación marítima de São Vicente, provincia de São Paulo, de mayo de 2001 hasta abril de 2003. Durante ese periodo, un total de 21 cangrejos Clibanarius vittatus (Bosc, 1802 fueron encontrados viviendo en las conchas del caracol terrestre Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822. A. fulica ocurre en áreas de césped cercanos a la costa, donde el contacto ocasional con el agua de mar provoca su muerte y sus conchas quedan disponibles para el cangrejo ermitaño

  14. Utilization of shells of the snail Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca, Gastropoda) by the hermit crab Clibanarius vittatus (Bosc, 1802) (Decapoda, Anomura) in the São Vicente Estuary, São Paulo, Brazil / Utilización de conchas de caracoles terrestres Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca, Gastropoda) por el cangrejo ermitaño Clibanarius vittatus (Bosc, 1802) (Decapoda, Anomura) en el estuario de São Vicente, São Paulo, Brasil

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    Bruno S., Sant' Anna; Cilene M., Zangrande; Alvaro L.D., Reigada.

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available El cangrejo ermitaño depende de conchas de moluscos para hacer de ella su casa. Este estudio ha descubierto una manera inusual de como vive este cangrejo, que generalmente habita la concha de gastrópodos marinos. El estudio fue realizado en la estación marítima de São Vicente, provincia de São Paulo [...] , de mayo de 2001 hasta abril de 2003. Durante ese periodo, un total de 21 cangrejos Clibanarius vittatus (Bosc, 1802) fueron encontrados viviendo en las conchas del caracol terrestre Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822. A. fulica ocurre en áreas de césped cercanos a la costa, donde el contacto ocasional con el agua de mar provoca su muerte y sus conchas quedan disponibles para el cangrejo ermitaño Abstract in english Hermit crabs depend on mollusc shells for housing. In this study, an unusual resource is reported for a hermit crab that usually inhabits marine gastropod shells. During a field study conducted from May 2001 to April 2003 in an estuarine area in São Vicente, state of São Paulo, Brazil, 21 individual [...] s of Clibanarius vittatus (Bosc, 1802) were found inhabiting the shells of the terrestrial gastropod Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822. A. fulica occurs in nearshore grass patches, where occasional contact with sea water kills them, and their shells then become available to the hermit crabs

  15. Occurrence of Aelurostrongylus abstrusus (Railliet, 1898) larvae (Nematoda: Metastrongylidae) infecting Achatina (Lissachatina) fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the Amazon region / Ocorrência de Aelurostrongylus abstrusus (Railliet, 1898) (Nematoda: Metastrongylidae) infectando o Achatina (Lissachatina) fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca: Gastropoda) na região amazônica

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    Sanny Maria de, Andrade-Porto; Kelly Cristina Pereira de, Souza; Melissa Querido, Cárdenas; Rosemary A., Roque; Daniel Mansur, Pimpão; Cleusa Suzana, Araújo; José Celso de Oliveira, Malta.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Achatina fulica ou "caramujo africano" é uma espécie exótica, considerada uma das cem piores espécies invasoras do mundo, causando sérios danos ambientais. No presente estudo foi registrado, pela primeira vez, a ocorrência do Aelurostrongylus abstrusus infectando o A.fulica na região amazônica. Esse [...] nematóide é descrito parasitando principalmente o sistema pulmonar de felinos, causando a "aelurostrongilose", também conhecida como estrongiloidose cardio-pulmonar felina. Novos dados morfométricos de larvas de terceiro estágio são apresentados. Dos 45 caramujos coletados, 40% estavam infectados por larvas de A. abstrusus. Especimens de Achatina fulica foram coletados em três áreas da cidade de Manaus: rural, leste e oeste. A zona leste apresentou a maior prevalência de 80%. O grande número de A.fulica encontrado em áreas habitadas aumenta as chances de ocorrência de zoonoses emergentes e destaca a necessidade de mais estudos para o melhor controle da doença. Abstract in english Achatina fulica or "giant African snail" is an exotic species, considered to be one of the world's hundred most invasive species, causing serious environmental damages. In the present study we report, for the first time, the occurrence of Aelurostrongylus abstrusus infecting A.fulica in the Amazon r [...] egion. This nematode is described parasitizing mainly the pulmonary system of felines, which causes "aelurostrongilose", also known as feline cardio-pulmonary strongyloidosis. New morphometric data of third stage larvae are presented herein. The present study demonstrated that 40% of all the snails were infected by A. abstrusus. Achatina fulica specimens were collected from three different areas in Manaus namely: rural; east and west areas. The east area presents the highest prevalence of 80%. The large number of A.fulica found in inhabited areas increases the chances of emergent zoonoses, which highlights the need of further studies so as to better control this disease.

  16. Occurrence of Aelurostrongylus abstrusus (Railliet, 1898 larvae (Nematoda: Metastrongylidae infecting Achatina (Lissachatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca: Gastropoda in the Amazon region Ocorrência de Aelurostrongylus abstrusus (Railliet, 1898 (Nematoda: Metastrongylidae infectando o Achatina (Lissachatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca: Gastropoda na região amazônica

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Achatina fulica or "giant African snail" is an exotic species, considered to be one of the world's hundred most invasive species, causing serious environmental damages. In the present study we report, for the first time, the occurrence of Aelurostrongylus abstrusus infecting A.fulica in the Amazon region. This nematode is described parasitizing mainly the pulmonary system of felines, which causes "aelurostrongilose", also known as feline cardio-pulmonary strongyloidosis. New morphometric data of third stage larvae are presented herein. The present study demonstrated that 40% of all the snails were infected by A. abstrusus. Achatina fulica specimens were collected from three different areas in Manaus namely: rural; east and west areas. The east area presents the highest prevalence of 80%. The large number of A.fulica found in inhabited areas increases the chances of emergent zoonoses, which highlights the need of further studies so as to better control this disease.Achatina fulica ou "caramujo africano" é uma espécie exótica, considerada uma das cem piores espécies invasoras do mundo, causando sérios danos ambientais. No presente estudo foi registrado, pela primeira vez, a ocorrência do Aelurostrongylus abstrusus infectando o A.fulica na região amazônica. Esse nematóide é descrito parasitando principalmente o sistema pulmonar de felinos, causando a "aelurostrongilose", também conhecida como estrongiloidose cardio-pulmonar felina. Novos dados morfométricos de larvas de terceiro estágio são apresentados. Dos 45 caramujos coletados, 40% estavam infectados por larvas de A. abstrusus. Especimens de Achatina fulica foram coletados em três áreas da cidade de Manaus: rural, leste e oeste. A zona leste apresentou a maior prevalência de 80%. O grande número de A.fulica encontrado em áreas habitadas aumenta as chances de ocorrência de zoonoses emergentes e destaca a necessidade de mais estudos para o melhor controle da doença.

  17. Lista preliminar de los Punctoideos de Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil, con descripción de dos especies nuevas (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Stylommatophora Preliminar list of the Punctoidea from the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, with description of two new species (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Stylommatophora

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    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta una lista parcial de gasterópodos terrestres Punctoideos del "Centro de Pesquisas e Conservação da Natureza Pró-Mata" (São Francisco de Paula, Estado de Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (CPCN-PM. Esta lista incluye siete especies, dos de ellas son nuevas. El CPCN-PM se localiza entre los 600 y 950 m de altitud; presenta clima templado superhúmedo a húmedo, lluvias de 2.250 mm anuales y temperatura promedio anual de 14,5ºC; están presentes tres regiones fitoecológicas principales, floresta ombrófila mixta, floresta ombrófila densa y sabana. Los taxones hallados son: Rotadiscus amancaezensis (Hidalgo, 1869, Lilloiconcha tucumana (Hylton Scott, 1963, Radiodiscus cuprinus Fonseca & Thomé, 2000, Radiodiscus tenellus Hylton Scott, 1957, Radiodiscus promatensis sp. nov., Zilchogyra gordurasensis (Thiele, 1927 y Zilchogyra zulmae sp. nov. La conchilla de R. promatensis sp. nov. es muy pequeña, casi plana, con ombligo muy desarrollado, abertura reniforme, con estrías espirales en la teleoconcha y 58-62 costillas axiales en el último anfracto. La conchilla de Z. zulmae sp. nov. es troquiforme alta, con cinco anfractos con fuertes y espaciadas costillas axiales (25-38, ombligo amplio y perspectivo y abertura subcircular angulosa. La fauna de gasterópodos carópidos del CPCN-PM tiene tres especies conocidas sólo del área (R. cuprinus, R. promatensis sp. nov. y Z. zulmae sp. nov., una, que se distribuye también en Paraguay (R. tenellus y tres (L. tucumana, R. amancaezensis y Z. gordurasensis, comunes a otras áreas de América del Sur, principalmente la región de las Yungas.The partial list of the land snails Punctoidea from the "Centro de Pesquisas e Conservação da Natureza Pró-Mata" (São Francisco de Paula, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (CPCN-PM is presented herein. This list includes seven species, two of them new. The CPCN-PM is located between 600 and 950 m of altitude; it has a temperate super humid to humid climate, with 2,250 mm of annual rainfall and means annual temperature of 14.5ºC; three main phytoecological regions are present -mixed ombrophile forest, dense ombrophile forest and savanna. The taxa found are: Rotadiscus amancaezensis (Hidalgo, 1869, Lilloiconcha tucumana (Hylton Scott, 1963, Radiodiscus cuprinus Fonseca & Thomé, 2000, Radiodiscus tenellus Hylton Scott, 1957, Radiodiscus promatensis sp. nov., Zilchogyra gordurasensis (Thiele, 1927 and Zilchogyra zulmae sp. nov. The shell of R. promatensis sp. nov. is very small, almost flat, with very wide umbilicus, reniform aperture, teleoconch with spiral striae and 58-62 axial ribs on the body whorl. The shell of Z. zulmae sp. nov. is trochiform elevated, with five whorls with strong and widely spaced axial ribs (25-38, wide and perspective umbilicus and sub circular angled aperture. The charopid gastropod fauna from the CPCN-PM has three species known only from there (R. cuprinus, R. promatensis sp. nov. and Z. zulmae sp. nov., another one with previous known distribution only in Paraguay (R. tenellus and three common species (L. tucumana, R. amancaezensis and Z. gordurasensis with distribution in other South American areas -mainly Yungas forests.

  18. Lista preliminar de los Punctoideos de Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil, con descripción de dos especies nuevas (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Stylommatophora) / Preliminar list of the Punctoidea from the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, with description of two new species (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Stylommatophora)

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    Sergio Eduardo, Miquel; Rina, Ramírez; José Willibaldo, Thomé.

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta una lista parcial de gasterópodos terrestres Punctoideos del "Centro de Pesquisas e Conservação da Natureza Pró-Mata" (São Francisco de Paula, Estado de Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) (CPCN-PM). Esta lista incluye siete especies, dos de ellas son nuevas. El CPCN-PM se localiza entre los 600 [...] y 950 m de altitud; presenta clima templado superhúmedo a húmedo, lluvias de 2.250 mm anuales y temperatura promedio anual de 14,5ºC; están presentes tres regiones fitoecológicas principales, floresta ombrófila mixta, floresta ombrófila densa y sabana. Los taxones hallados son: Rotadiscus amancaezensis (Hidalgo, 1869), Lilloiconcha tucumana (Hylton Scott, 1963), Radiodiscus cuprinus Fonseca & Thomé, 2000, Radiodiscus tenellus Hylton Scott, 1957, Radiodiscus promatensis sp. nov., Zilchogyra gordurasensis (Thiele, 1927) y Zilchogyra zulmae sp. nov. La conchilla de R. promatensis sp. nov. es muy pequeña, casi plana, con ombligo muy desarrollado, abertura reniforme, con estrías espirales en la teleoconcha y 58-62 costillas axiales en el último anfracto. La conchilla de Z. zulmae sp. nov. es troquiforme alta, con cinco anfractos con fuertes y espaciadas costillas axiales (25-38), ombligo amplio y perspectivo y abertura subcircular angulosa. La fauna de gasterópodos carópidos del CPCN-PM tiene tres especies conocidas sólo del área (R. cuprinus, R. promatensis sp. nov. y Z. zulmae sp. nov.), una, que se distribuye también en Paraguay (R. tenellus) y tres (L. tucumana, R. amancaezensis y Z. gordurasensis), comunes a otras áreas de América del Sur, principalmente la región de las Yungas. Abstract in english The partial list of the land snails Punctoidea from the "Centro de Pesquisas e Conservação da Natureza Pró-Mata" (São Francisco de Paula, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) (CPCN-PM) is presented herein. This list includes seven species, two of them new. The CPCN-PM is located between 600 and 950 m [...] of altitude; it has a temperate super humid to humid climate, with 2,250 mm of annual rainfall and means annual temperature of 14.5ºC; three main phytoecological regions are present -mixed ombrophile forest, dense ombrophile forest and savanna. The taxa found are: Rotadiscus amancaezensis (Hidalgo, 1869), Lilloiconcha tucumana (Hylton Scott, 1963), Radiodiscus cuprinus Fonseca & Thomé, 2000, Radiodiscus tenellus Hylton Scott, 1957, Radiodiscus promatensis sp. nov., Zilchogyra gordurasensis (Thiele, 1927) and Zilchogyra zulmae sp. nov. The shell of R. promatensis sp. nov. is very small, almost flat, with very wide umbilicus, reniform aperture, teleoconch with spiral striae and 58-62 axial ribs on the body whorl. The shell of Z. zulmae sp. nov. is trochiform elevated, with five whorls with strong and widely spaced axial ribs (25-38), wide and perspective umbilicus and sub circular angled aperture. The charopid gastropod fauna from the CPCN-PM has three species known only from there (R. cuprinus, R. promatensis sp. nov. and Z. zulmae sp. nov.), another one with previous known distribution only in Paraguay (R. tenellus) and three common species (L. tucumana, R. amancaezensis and Z. gordurasensis) with distribution in other South American areas -mainly Yungas forests.

  19. Bait formulations of molluscicides and their effects on biochemical changes in the ovotestis of snail Lymnaea acuminata (Mollusca; Gastropoda:Lymnaeidae) / Formulações de iscas de moluscicidas e seus efeitos sobre as alterações bioquímicas no ovoteste do caramujo Lymnaea acuminata (Mollusca;Gastropoda:Lymnaeidae)

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    Pradeep, Kumar; Vinay Kumar, Singh; D.K., Singh.

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Foi estudado o efeito subletal das iscas usadas para alimentação contendo componentes moluscicidas de Ferula asafoetida (ácido ferúlico, umbeliferone), Syzygium aromaticum (eugenol) e Carum carvi (limonene) nas alterações bioquímicas do ovoteste do caramujo Lymnaea acuminata. A formulação das iscas [...] usadas para alimentar L. acuminata foi estudada em aquários de vidros transparentes de diâmetro de 30 cm. As iscas foram preparadas por combinações diferentes binárias de aminoácidos (valina, ácido aspártico, lisina e alanina 10 mM) em 100 mL de solução de agar a 2% + doses subletais (20% e 60% durante 24 horas LC50) de diferentes moluscicidas (ácido ferúlico, umbeliferone, eugenol e limonene). Estas iscas causaram redução significante máxima em aminoácidos livres, proteínas, níveis de DNA e RNA isto é 41,37%, 23,56%, 48,36% e 14,29% de controle no ovoteste do caramujo, respectivamente. Discontinuação da alimentação depois do tratamento de 60% de 96 horas de LC50 do moluscicida contendo a isca para as subsequentes 72 horas causou significante recuperação dos níveis de aminoácidos livres, proteína, DNA e RNA no ovoteste da L. acuminata. Abstract in english The effect of sub-lethal feeding of bait formulations containing molluscicidal component of Ferula asafoetida (ferulic acid, umbelliferone), Syzygium aromaticum (eugenol) and Carum carvi (limonene) on biochemical changes in the ovotestis of snail Lymnaea acuminata were studied. Bait formulations fee [...] ding to L. acuminata were studied in clear glass aquaria having diameter of 30 cm. Baits were prepared from different binary combinations of attractant amino acid (valine, aspartic acid, lysine and alanine 10 mM) in 100 mL of 2% agar solution + sub-lethal (20% and 60% of 24h LC50) doses of different molluscicides (ferulic acid, umbelliferone, eugenol and limonene). These baits caused maximum significant reduction in free amino acid, protein, DNA, RNA levels i.e. 41.37, 23.56, 48.36 and 14.29% of control in the ovotestis of the snail, respectively. Discontinuation of feeding after treatment of 60% of 96h LC50 of molluscicide containing bait for next 72h caused a significant recovery in free amino acid, protein, DNA and RNA levels in the ovotestis of L. acuminata.

  20. Bait formulations of molluscicides and their effects on biochemical changes in the ovotestis of snail Lymnaea acuminata (Mollusca; Gastropoda:Lymnaeidae Formulações de iscas de moluscicidas e seus efeitos sobre as alterações bioquímicas no ovoteste do caramujo Lymnaea acuminata (Mollusca;Gastropoda:Lymnaeidae

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    Pradeep Kumar

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The effect of sub-lethal feeding of bait formulations containing molluscicidal component of Ferula asafoetida (ferulic acid, umbelliferone, Syzygium aromaticum (eugenol and Carum carvi (limonene on biochemical changes in the ovotestis of snail Lymnaea acuminata were studied. Bait formulations feeding to L. acuminata were studied in clear glass aquaria having diameter of 30 cm. Baits were prepared from different binary combinations of attractant amino acid (valine, aspartic acid, lysine and alanine 10 mM in 100 mL of 2% agar solution + sub-lethal (20% and 60% of 24h LC50 doses of different molluscicides (ferulic acid, umbelliferone, eugenol and limonene. These baits caused maximum significant reduction in free amino acid, protein, DNA, RNA levels i.e. 41.37, 23.56, 48.36 and 14.29% of control in the ovotestis of the snail, respectively. Discontinuation of feeding after treatment of 60% of 96h LC50 of molluscicide containing bait for next 72h caused a significant recovery in free amino acid, protein, DNA and RNA levels in the ovotestis of L. acuminata.Foi estudado o efeito subletal das iscas usadas para alimentação contendo componentes moluscicidas de Ferula asafoetida (ácido ferúlico, umbeliferone, Syzygium aromaticum (eugenol e Carum carvi (limonene nas alterações bioquímicas do ovoteste do caramujo Lymnaea acuminata. A formulação das iscas usadas para alimentar L. acuminata foi estudada em aquários de vidros transparentes de diâmetro de 30 cm. As iscas foram preparadas por combinações diferentes binárias de aminoácidos (valina, ácido aspártico, lisina e alanina 10 mM em 100 mL de solução de agar a 2% + doses subletais (20% e 60% durante 24 horas LC50 de diferentes moluscicidas (ácido ferúlico, umbeliferone, eugenol e limonene. Estas iscas causaram redução significante máxima em aminoácidos livres, proteínas, níveis de DNA e RNA isto é 41,37%, 23,56%, 48,36% e 14,29% de controle no ovoteste do caramujo, respectivamente. Discontinuação da alimentação depois do tratamento de 60% de 96 horas de LC50 do moluscicida contendo a isca para as subsequentes 72 horas causou significante recuperação dos níveis de aminoácidos livres, proteína, DNA e RNA no ovoteste da L. acuminata.

  1. El loco Concholepas concholepas (Bruguière, 1789) (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Muricidae) como recurso durante el Holoceno Temprano-Medio en Los Vilos, Chile central / El loco Concholepas concholepas (Bruguière, 1789) (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Muricidae) during the Early-Middle Holocene of Los Vilos, central Chile

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    Pedro, Báez; Javier, Arata; Donald, Jackson.

    Full Text Available Se estudió la abundancia relativa del loco, Concholepas concholepas, y las causas posibles de su variabilidad en los conchales culturales más antiguos del Holoceno Temprano-Medio del litoral de Los Vilos (31º55'S, 71º32'W). Las muestras se obtuvieron en excavaciones arqueológicas de cinco sitios y s [...] e dataron con C14: Punta Purgatorio (LV079: 10.040 ± 70 años antes del presente, a.a.p.), Caleta Ñagué (LV098: 10.120 ± 80 a.a.p.), Dunas de Agua Amarilla (LV166: 6.700 ± 60 a.a.p.), Borde Norte de Quebrada de Quereo (LV036, 6.030 ± 80 a.a.p.) y Fundo Agua Amarilla (LV099: 5.480 ± 70 a.a.p.). Las conchas corresponden a ejemplares juveniles y adultos jóvenes, cuyas tallas varían entre 20 y 145 mm. Este amplio rango de tamaño refleja que los recolectores que formaron los conchales extrajeron los moluscos sin selección de tallas. La mayoría de los especímenes son de talla superior a 50 mm, longitud que corresponde a la talla de primera madurez en las poblaciones de locos actuales. La abundancia de esta especie en los conchales es mayor en los sitios más recientes: 46.200 ejemplares en LV166 y 4.185.000 en LV036. La variabilidad observada en los registros sustenta la hipótesis que éstos fueron motivados por cambios paleoclimáticos que afectaron directamente las características ecológicas de la región, las que influyeron, indirectamente, en la extracción de las especies Abstract in english The relative abundance of "el loco", Concholepas concholepas, and the possible causes of its variability in cultural shell deposits dated from the Early-Middle Holocene of Los Vilos littoral (31º55'S, 71º32'W) were studied. The samples were obtained in archaeologic excavations from five sites. These [...] samples were dated with C14: Punta Purgatorio (LV079: 10.040 ± 70 years before present, y.b.p.), Caleta Ñagué (LV098: 10.120 ± 80 y.b.p.), Dunas de Agua Amarilla (LV166: 6.700 ± 60 y.b.p.), Borde Norte de Quebrada de Quereo (LV036: 6.030 ± 80 y.b.p.) and Fundo Agua Amarilla (LV099: 5.480 ± 70 y.b.p.). These gastropod shells correspond to juvenile and young adult specimens, whose lengths oscillate between 20 and 145 mm. The wide range of sizes found indicates that collectors did not make mollusk selection by sizes during the captures. The majority of these specimens are of a size longer than 50 mm. This latter length corresponds to first maturity size found in current Concholepas concholepas populations. The abundance of this species in the shellmidden is greater in the most recent sites: 46,200 specimens in LV166 and 4,185,000 in LV036. The variability in the records substantiates the hypothesis that the principal cause in the observed changes was originated in palaeoclimatic changes that affected directly the ecologic characteristics of the region, and influenced, indirectly, the species extraction

  2. El loco Concholepas concholepas (Bruguière, 1789 (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Muricidae como recurso durante el Holoceno Temprano-Medio en Los Vilos, Chile central El loco Concholepas concholepas (Bruguière, 1789 (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Muricidae during the Early-Middle Holocene of Los Vilos, central Chile

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    Pedro Báez

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Se estudió la abundancia relativa del loco, Concholepas concholepas, y las causas posibles de su variabilidad en los conchales culturales más antiguos del Holoceno Temprano-Medio del litoral de Los Vilos (31º55'S, 71º32'W. Las muestras se obtuvieron en excavaciones arqueológicas de cinco sitios y se dataron con C14: Punta Purgatorio (LV079: 10.040 ± 70 años antes del presente, a.a.p., Caleta Ñagué (LV098: 10.120 ± 80 a.a.p., Dunas de Agua Amarilla (LV166: 6.700 ± 60 a.a.p., Borde Norte de Quebrada de Quereo (LV036, 6.030 ± 80 a.a.p. y Fundo Agua Amarilla (LV099: 5.480 ± 70 a.a.p.. Las conchas corresponden a ejemplares juveniles y adultos jóvenes, cuyas tallas varían entre 20 y 145 mm. Este amplio rango de tamaño refleja que los recolectores que formaron los conchales extrajeron los moluscos sin selección de tallas. La mayoría de los especímenes son de talla superior a 50 mm, longitud que corresponde a la talla de primera madurez en las poblaciones de locos actuales. La abundancia de esta especie en los conchales es mayor en los sitios más recientes: 46.200 ejemplares en LV166 y 4.185.000 en LV036. La variabilidad observada en los registros sustenta la hipótesis que éstos fueron motivados por cambios paleoclimáticos que afectaron directamente las características ecológicas de la región, las que influyeron, indirectamente, en la extracción de las especiesThe relative abundance of "el loco", Concholepas concholepas, and the possible causes of its variability in cultural shell deposits dated from the Early-Middle Holocene of Los Vilos littoral (31º55'S, 71º32'W were studied. The samples were obtained in archaeologic excavations from five sites. These samples were dated with C14: Punta Purgatorio (LV079: 10.040 ± 70 years before present, y.b.p., Caleta Ñagué (LV098: 10.120 ± 80 y.b.p., Dunas de Agua Amarilla (LV166: 6.700 ± 60 y.b.p., Borde Norte de Quebrada de Quereo (LV036: 6.030 ± 80 y.b.p. and Fundo Agua Amarilla (LV099: 5.480 ± 70 y.b.p.. These gastropod shells correspond to juvenile and young adult specimens, whose lengths oscillate between 20 and 145 mm. The wide range of sizes found indicates that collectors did not make mollusk selection by sizes during the captures. The majority of these specimens are of a size longer than 50 mm. This latter length corresponds to first maturity size found in current Concholepas concholepas populations. The abundance of this species in the shellmidden is greater in the most recent sites: 46,200 specimens in LV166 and 4,185,000 in LV036. The variability in the records substantiates the hypothesis that the principal cause in the observed changes was originated in palaeoclimatic changes that affected directly the ecologic characteristics of the region, and influenced, indirectly, the species extraction

  3. Bait formulations of molluscicides and their effects on biochemical changes in the ovotestis of snail Lymnaea acuminata (Mollusca; Gastropoda:Lymnaeidae) Formulações de iscas de moluscicidas e seus efeitos sobre as alterações bioquímicas no ovoteste do caramujo Lymnaea acuminata (Mollusca;Gastropoda:Lymnaeidae)

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    Pradeep Kumar; Vinay Kumar Singh; Singh, D. K.

    2011-01-01

    The effect of sub-lethal feeding of bait formulations containing molluscicidal component of Ferula asafoetida (ferulic acid, umbelliferone), Syzygium aromaticum (eugenol) and Carum carvi (limonene) on biochemical changes in the ovotestis of snail Lymnaea acuminata were studied. Bait formulations feeding to L. acuminata were studied in clear glass aquaria having diameter of 30 cm. Baits were prepared from different binary combinations of attractant amino acid (valine, aspartic acid, lysine and...

  4. Larval trematodes (Digenea) of planorbid snails (Gastropoda: Pulmonata) in Central Europe: a survey of species and key to their identification.

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    Faltýnková, Anna; Našincová, Vanda; Kablásková, Lenka

    2008-01-01

    Ro?. 69, ?. 3 (2008), s. 155-178. ISSN 0165-5752 R&D Projects: GA AV ?R IAA6022404; GA ?R GD524/03/H133; GA ?R GP524/07/P086; GA MŠk LC522 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60220518 Keywords : Planorbidae * Digenea * cercariae * Gastropoda * Pulmonata * Central Europe Subject RIV: EG - Zoology Impact factor: 0.927, year: 2008

  5. The mitochondrial genome of the sipunculid Phascolopsis gouldii supports its association with Annelida rather than Mollusca

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    Boore, Jeffrey L.; Staton, Joseph

    2001-09-01

    We have determined the sequence of about half (7470 nts) of the mitochondrial genome of the sipunculid Phascolopsis gouldii, the first representative of this phylum to be so studied. All of the 19 identified genes are transcribed from the same DNA strand. The arrangement of these genes is remarkably similar to that of the oligochaete annelid Lumbricus terrestris. Comparison of both the inferred amino acid sequences and the gene arrangements of a variety of diverse metazoan taxa reveals that the phylum Sipuncula is more closely related to Annelida than to Mollusca. This requires reinterpretation of the homology of several embryological features and of patterns of animal body plan evolution.

  6. Divergencia intraespecífica y código de barras de ADN en Systrophia helicycloides (Gastropoda, Scolodontidae) / Intraspecific divergence and DNA barcodes in Systrophia helicycloides (Gastropoda, Scolodontidae)

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    Pedro, Romero; Rina, Ramírez.

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available El DNA barcoding es un análisis que se basa en la comparación de distancias genéticas para identificar especies utilizando principalmente un segmento del gen Citocromo C Oxidasa I (COI). Los retos para la identificación surgen al estudiar grupos que presentan gran diversidad genética como los molusc [...] os. Por ello, los objetivos de nuestra investigación fueron estimar la divergencia intraespecífica en el molusco terrestre amazónico Systrophia helicycloides (Gastropoda, Scolodontidae) y evaluar la utilización de los códigos de barras de ADN en la identificación molecular de esta especie. Las secuencias de nucleótidos fueron comparadas con las bases de datos Genbank y BOLD (Barcode of Life Data Systems). Se realizó un análisis de distancia genética mediante Neighbour Joining. Systrophia helicycloides presentó dos grupos de haplotipos con distancias genéticas intraespecíficas mayores a 4%. También se observó una superposición entre las distancias intraespecíficas y las interespecíficas. La gran divergencia intraespecífica puede estar relacionada a la rápida variación del genoma mitocondrial, la distribución poblacional de los moluscos la cual permite el aislamiento y diferenciación genética, y la presencia de polimorfismos ancestrales. Los perfiles COI enviados a la base de datos BOLD son los primeros registros para esta especie y permitieron diferenciar a Systrophia helicycloides de otras especies. Estos perfiles corroboran la gran variación que ocurre en el genoma mitocondrial de moluscos terrestres por lo que la asignación de especies en este grupo precisa de la combinación entre los valores de divergencia genética, la evaluación de sitios informativos y los estudios de taxonomía convencional. Abstract in english DNA barcoding analysis is based on the comparison of genetic distances to identify species using a segment of Cytochrome C Oxidase I (COI) gene. Species identification through DNA barcoding challenges problems in groups with high genetic diversity as molluscs. Thus, our aim was to estimate intraspec [...] ific divergence in the Amazonian land snail Systrophia helicycloides (Gastropoda, Scolodontidae) and evaluate the use of DNA barcoding in molecular identification of this land snail. Nucleotide sequences were compared with Genbank and BOLD (Barcode of Life Data Systems) databases. We conducted distance analyses using the Neighbour Joining method. Systrophia helicycloides showed two groups of haplotypes and intraspecific genetic distances higher than 4%. We observed an overlap between intraspecific and interspecific distances. The high divergence may be related to rapid mutation rate in the snail mitochondrial genome, to population distribution that influences genetic isolation and differentiation, and to ancestral DNA polymorphisms. COI profiles uploaded in BOLD are the first records of this species and can identify Systrophia helcycloides from other species. These profiles corroborated the high variation in the land snail genome. Therefore, species identification in this group needs a combined analysis of genetic distances, informative sites, and conventional taxonomy.

  7. Records of Auger shells (Negastropoda: Terebridae) from Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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    Ansari, Z.A.; Abidi, S.A.H.; Haridevi, C.K.

    2006-01-01

    although some have radular teeth and a poison sac like those of Hastula. As found here, Terebra most likely encompasses several different groups worthy of generic or subgeneric differentiation. Systematic account Phyllum : Mollusca Class : Gastropoda Order...

  8. Biogeographic and species richness patterns of Gastropoda on the southwestern Atlantic

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    FLOETER S. R.

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Patterns of richness and biogeography of Gastropoda molluscs were determined based on lists of species from five sites along the southwestern Atlantic. The analysis of the distribution patterns of these sites confirmed the existence of a broader transition zone between southern Espírito Santo State (21°S and Rio Grande do Sul State (32°S. This zone is very heterogeneous, presenting a low endemism rate and a significant number of species common to the near provinces, and does not show enough consistency to be considered as an independent biogeographic province as proposed by Palacio (1980. Observing the distribution of species along the southwestern Atlantic we find an increase in the proportion of species with greatest latitudinal ranges (occurring from the tropics to Patagonia from lowest to highest latitudes, following Rappoport's rule.

  9. Korttermynbedreigings vir varswater-Mollusca in die Olifantsrivier en enkele sytakke

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    Kenné N. de Kock

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    Full Text Available Die bewaringstatus van minder as 2% van die ongeveer 7000 molluskspesies bekend wêreldwyd, is tot dusver behoorlik geassesseer. Gevolglik is die algemene vlak van bedreiging vir molluske power gedokumenteer en hoogs waarskynlik onderskat. Varswatermolluske is permanente waterbewoners wat oor beperkte voortbewegingsvermoë beskik en aan ’n verskeidenheid van antropogeniese afvalstowwe blootgestel word omdat waterbronne dikwels as stortplek vir ’n groot verskeidenheid van nadelige besoedelstowwe gebruik word. Die Olifantsrivier word dikwels as een van die mees getransformeerde riviere in Suider-Afrika beskryf en word toenemend aan uitermate hoë druk onderwerp betreffende natuurlike hulpbronne en die geassosieerde landelike versteurings, asook besoedeling. Omdat min inligting oor die diversiteit van Mollusca in die Olifantsrivier op rekord is, is in die huidige studie vier opnames tydens twee opeenvolgende jare gemaak van die molluske in die Olifantsrivier en geselekteerde sytakke by onderskeidelik drie lokaliteite op die Hoëveld en vier in die Laeveld. Die pH en elektriese geleidingsvermoë van die water is by elk van die lokaliteite bepaal en het gewissel tussen 6.93 en 9.50, en 110 µS en 1336 µS, vir pH en geleidingsvermoë onderskeidelik. ’n Totaal van 25 molluskspesies is tydens die vier opnames versamel wat die eksotiese indringerspesies Lymnaea columella, Physa acuta, Aplexa marmorata en Tarebia granifera insluit. Laasgenoemde spesie het verreweg die grootste getal eksemplare in totaal opgelewer, hoofsaaklik by ’n lokaliteit wat as grootliks getransformeerd beskryf kan word. Die resultate van hierdie ondersoek kan as basis vir toekomstige opnames dien om die impak van antropogeniese versteurings op die diversiteit van die Mollusca in die Olifantsrivier- en opvanggebied te evalueer.Short-term threats for the sustained survival of freshwater Mollusca in the Olifants River and selected tributaries. The conservation status of less than 2% of the more or less 7000 mollusk species known worldwide have been properly assessed. Consequently the general level of imperilment is poorly documented and almost certainly underestimated. Freshwater mollusks live permanently in water, have limited means of movement and are exposed to a variety of anthropogenic waste products due to the fact that waterbodies often act as sinks for a large array of harmful pollutants. The Olifants River is often described as one of the most polluted rivers in Southern Africa and is progressively subjected to extremely high pressure with regard to natural resources and associated rural transformation and pollution. Little is on record regarding the diversity of the Mollusca in the Olifants River; therefore, in the present study, four surveys of the molluscs were conducted in this river and selected tributaries during two consecutive years at three localities situated on the Highveld and four localities situated in the Lowveld respectively. The pH and electric conductivity of the water were determined during each survey at each one of the localities and values ranged from 6.93 to 9.50, and 110 µS to 1336 µS, for pH and conductivity respectively. A total of 25 mollusk species were collected during the four surveys which included the exotic invader species Lymnaea columella, Physa acuta, Aplexa marmorata and Tarebia granifera. The latter species yielded the highest number of specimens by far, mainly at a locality which could be described as largely transformed. The results of this investigation can serve as a point of departure for future surveys to evaluate the impact of anthropogenic disturbances on the mollusc diversity in the Olifants River and catchment.

  10. [Participation of Codiella troscheli (Mollusca: Prosobranchia) in the Metorchis albidus (Trematoda; Opisthorchidae) life cycle].

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    Serbina, E N; Iurlova, N I

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    Investigating Mollusca prosobranchia of the Bithyniidae family in the water reservoirs of the Novosibirsk Region in 1994-1998 first revealed that Codiella troscheli had the trematode Metorchis albidus (Braun, 1893). The species affiliation of the trematode was experimentally verified. This paper presents the results of studies of the seasonal and daily emission of M. albidus cercariae and data on their longevity in the environment, on the ability of the cercariae to live in fish and that of metacercariae in the body of a definitive host. The studies have indicated that not only the trematode Opisthorchis felineus, but also C. troscheli may develop in the C. troscheli mollusks, which should be taken into account in both describing the natural foci of opisthorchiasis and diagnosing opisthorchiasis and metorchiasis. PMID:12298160

  11. Caracterización molecular de diferentes morfos de Melanoides tuberculata (Mollusca: Thiaridae mediante microsatélites

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    David P.

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available M. tuberculataes un molusco asiático invasor de ecosistemas tropicales y subtropicales. En Amé-rica, su uso como control biológico ha sido probado en el desplazamiento de poblaciones deBiomphalaria spp. (Mollusca: Planorbidae, hospedadores intermediarios de Schistosoma mansoni(Trematoda: Digenea. A su vez, M. tuberculataes una especie que presenta gran plasticidad feno-típica, reconociéndose varias entidades morfológicas (morfos a lo largo de su rango de distribu-ción. Este trabajo pretende identificar la combinación de alelos microsatelitales característicos de10 morfos americanos. En este orden de ideas, se realizó una extracción de ADN con bufferValsecchi y baño María 90-95ºC (5-15’; se hizo una PCR utilizando primers específicos para M.tuberculata, y finalmente un análisis de secuencias microsatelitales con un secuenciador automá-tico.

  12. LARVAS DE DIGENEA EN Melanoides tuberculata (GASTROPODA: THIARIDAE EN MEDELLÍN, COLOMBIA

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    VELÁSQUEZ LUZ ELENA

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    Se describen las larvas de digeneos que se obtuvieron en Melanoides tuberculata (Gastropoda: Thiaridae, molusco dulceacuícola del que se colectaron 125 especímenes en el lago del Jardín Botánico Joaquín Antonio Uribe de Medellín. En el laboratorio se individualizaron y se estimuló la emisión cercariana con una fuente luminosa. El 9,6 % de los caracoles emitió cercarias. Los moluscos emisores se sacrificaron para obtener los demás estadios larvarios. Las larvas se montaron al microscopio, se midieron y luego se dibujaron. Los caracteres morfológicos permitieron establecer la presencia de Centrocestus formosanus (Heterophyidae y de dos Philophthalmidae. Uno de estos es primer registro para Colombia. Se confirma la sensibilidad de M. tuberculata a infecciones por digeneos, así como la especificidad de los filoftálmidos por moluscos hospedadores de la superfamilia Cerithioidea.

    Palabras claves: cercarias, digenea, Melanoides tuberculata, Philophthalmidae, Redias.


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    The larvae of two trematodes found in the freshwater mollusk Melanoides tuberculata (Gastropoda: Thiaridae are described. 125 snails from the Medellin’s Botanical Garden Joaquín Antonio Uribe were collected. In the laboratory, each individual was placed alone and stimulated with light in order to have cercaria emission. 9.6% of the snails released cercariae. These were separated in three morphologies. From each one, 15 individuals were measured and drawn. Photographs were taken. Based on their morphological characteritics the presence of Centrocestus formosanus (Heterophyidae was determined. The other two morphologies were classified in the family Philophthalmidae. One of them constitutes the first register for Colombia. The sensibility of M. tuberculata to infections by digeneans, and the specificity of the family Philophthalmidae to mollusk hosts of the superfamily Cerithioidea are confirmed.

    Key words: Cercariae, Digenea, Melanoides tuberculata, Philophthalmidae, Rediae.


  13. Nanoindentations on conch shells of Gastropoda and Bivalvia molluscs reveal anisotropic evolution against external attacks.

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    Bignardi, Cristina; Petraroli, Michele; Pugno, Nicola M

    2010-10-01

    Nanoindentation method has been used to explore, at the nanoscale, the mechanical properties of four different representative types of conch shells belonging to the two biggest classes of molluscs, Gastropoda and Bivalvia, in order to compare nanohardness and Young's modulus with respect to the microstructural anisotropic architectures. For the experimental tests a Nano Indenter XP (MTS Nano Instruments, Oak Ridge TN) has been used. The mechanical tests have been carried out on the inner and outer surfaces of the shells, as well as on their cross-section, near to the inner/outer surfaces and in the middle layer. The results confirm the three layered anisotropic architecture of the investigated conchs. On each of these 5 surfaces, 2 x 5 indentations have been performed at different maximum depth: from 250 nm to 4 microm, with a step of 250 nm, for a total of 3200 tests. The numerous observations have been analysed applying an ad hoc modification of the Weibull Statistics, suggesting a natural evolution of the shells against external attacks. PMID:21137746

  14. Divergencia intraespecífica y código de barras de ADN en Systrophia helicycloides (Gastropoda, Scolodontidae

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    Pedro Romero

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available El DNA barcoding es un análisis que se basa en la comparación de distancias genéticas para identificar especies utilizando principalmente un segmento del gen Citocromo C Oxidasa I (COI. Los retos para la identificación surgen al estudiar grupos que presentan gran diversidad genética como los moluscos. Por ello, los objetivos de nuestra investigación fueron estimar la divergencia intraespecífica en el molusco terrestre amazónico Systrophia helicycloides (Gastropoda, Scolodontidae y evaluar la utilización de los códigos de barras de ADN en la identificación molecular de esta especie. Las secuencias de nucleótidos fueron comparadas con las bases de datos Genbank y BOLD (Barcode of Life Data Systems. Se realizó un análisis de distancia genética mediante Neighbour Joining. Systrophia helicycloides presentó dos grupos de haplotipos con distancias genéticas intraespecíficas mayores a 4%. También se observó una superposición entre las distancias intraespecíficas y las interespecíficas. La gran divergencia intraespecífica puede estar relacionada a la rápida variación del genoma mitocondrial, la distribución poblacional de los moluscos la cual permite el aislamiento y diferenciación genética, y la presencia de polimorfismos ancestrales. Los perfiles COI enviados a la base de datos BOLD son los primeros registros para esta especie y permitieron diferenciar a Systrophia helicycloides de otras especies. Estos perfiles corroboran la gran variación que ocurre en el genoma mitocondrial de moluscos terrestres por lo que la asignación de especies en este grupo precisa de la combinación entre los valores de divergencia genética, la evaluación de sitios informativos y los estudios de taxonomía convencional.

  15. Cargols terrestres (Gastropoda, Stylommatophora del Parc Natural de la Muntanya de Montserrat (Barcelona, NE península ibèrica

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    Bros, V.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Land snails (Gastropoda, Stylommatophora in the Natural Park of Montserrat (Barcelona, NE Iberian peninsula The inventory of 73 land snails in the Natural Park of Montserrat was updated following the review of 130 publications. Planned field study was also conducted in areas of different habitats on the Montserrat mountain to provide a preliminary description of the communities of land snails in the study area. A total of 342 samples of land snails were studied and 50 species were identified. The most frequent were Pomatias elegans, Helicigona lapicida, Pseudotachea splendida, Abida polyodon and Otala punctata. In this region of the prelittoral Catalan mountain range, the level of endemism was high for Abida secale bofilli, Montserratina bofilliana and Xerocrassa montserratensis.The results of the field work extend the faunistic catalogue of the Natural Park of Montserrat to include references to Hygromia cinctella, Microxeromagna lowei, Paralaoma servilis and Punctum pygmaeum in the area. Finally, investigation and conservation programmes are suggested for the endemic species Xerocrassa montserratensis, protected by the Plan for Areas of Natural Interest (PEIN approved by Decree 328/1992.

  16. A new land snail from the Quaternary of Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Western Mediterranean): Darderia bellverica n. gen., n. sp. (Gastropoda Pulmonata, Helicodontidae)

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    A new land snail from the Quaternary of Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Western Mediterranean): Darderia bellverica n. gen., n. sp. (Gastropoda Pulmonata, Helicodontidae A new genus and species of land snail is described from pre-human paleosoils at Bellver hill in the island of Mallorca. It is a medium-sized helicodontid with 6 tight coils, dome-shaped spire, obtuse peripheral keel, eccentric umbilicus, narrow aperture inclined forward, sinuous reflected peristome, a low angular tooth, 5 infrapa...

  17. Comunidades de quitones (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) de la Bahía de La Paz, Baja California Sur, México

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    Cedar I, García Ríos; Migdalia, Álvarez Ruiz.

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    Full Text Available A las ocho especies de poliplacóforos registradas en Bahía de la Paz, Baja California Sur, México, o cerca de ella, agregamos a Lepidochitona beanii, Chaetopleura lurida, Stenoplax limaciformis, S. mariposa, Lepidozona clathrata, L. serrata y Acanthochitona arragonites. El análisis de las comunidade [...] s estudiadas usando técnicas de ordenación sugiere que podría relacionarse la exposición al oleaje con la riqueza y la diversidad de especies. La comunidad recolectada en condiciones intermedias de exposición al oleaje presentó mayor número de especies y mayor diversidad de acuerdo con el índice de Shannon. Abstract in english Polyplacophoran communities (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) at Bahía de La Paz, Baja California Sur, México. Eight species of polyplacophorans have been reported from La Bahía de la Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. We add Lepidochitona beanii, Chaetopleura lurida, Stenoplax limaciformis, S. mariposa, Le [...] pidozona clathrata, L. serrata and Acanthochitona arragonites, increasing the known number of species to 15. Ordination analysis of five chiton communities at the site suggests a correlation of wave exposure to species composition and diversity: communities with intermediate wave exposure have more species (richness) and higher diversity (Shannon’s index). Rev. Biol. Trop. 55 (1): 177-182. Epub 2007 March. 31.

  18. Genetic divergence and geographic variation in the deep-water Conus orbignyi complex (Mollusca: Conoidea).

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    Puillandre, Nicolas; Meyer, Christopher P; Bouchet, Philippe; Olivera, Baldomero M

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    Puillandre, N. et al. (2010) Genetic divergence and geographic variation in a deep-water cone lineage: molecular and morphological analyses of the Conus orbignyi complex (Mollusca: Conoidea).The cone snails (family Conidae) are a hyperdiverse lineage of venomous gastropods. Two standard markers, COI and ITS2, were used to define six genetically-divergent groups within a subclade of Conidae that includes Conus orbignyi; each of these was then evaluated based on their shell morphology. We conclude that three forms, previously regarded as subspecies of Conus orbignyi are distinct species, now recognized as Conus orbignyi, Conus elokismenos and Conus coriolisi. In addition, three additional species (Conus pseudorbignyi, Conus joliveti and Conus comatosa) belong to this clade. Some of the proposed species (e.g., Conus elokismenos) are possibly in turn complexes comprising multiple species. Groups such as Conidae illustrate the challenges generally faced in species delimitation in biodiverse lineages. In the case of the Conus orbignyi complex, not only are there definable, genetically divergent lineages, but also considerable geographic variation within each group. Our study suggests that an intensive analysis of multiple specimens within a single locality helps to minimize the confounding effects of geographic variation and can be a useful starting point for circumscribing different species within such a confusing complex. PMID:21712968

  19. The presence of live specimens of Monacha cartusiana (O.F. Müller, 1774 and Cernuella virgata (Da Costa, 1778 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Hygromiidae has prevented the import of 23 tons of apples from France into Israel

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    Henk K. Mienis

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    Full Text Available The discovery of several living specimens of Monacha cartusiana and Cernuella virgata in a shipment of some 23 tons of hand apples from France to Israel resulted in a decision by the Plant Protection & Inspection Services of the Ministry of Agriculture in Israel to return the entire shipment to France. The reason for this decision was triggered by the status of Cernuella virgata as being a potentially pest species.

  20. Diversidad genética de dos poblaciones del caracol Strombus gigas (Gastropoda: Strombidae en Yucatán, México, con microsatélite

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    Full Text Available El caracol rosado S. gigas, es una especie de gran importancia pesquera en la región del Caribe que incluye la Península de Yucatán, en la cual, se analizó la diversidad y estructura genética de dos poblaciones (Arrecife Alacranes y Banco Chinchorro mediante el uso de cinco marcadores moleculares del tipo microsatélites. Los resultados indican que las dos poblaciones analizadas se encuentran en el mismo rango de diversidad genética (He de 0.613 a 0.692. En ambas poblaciones también se observó una desviación significativa al equilibrio H-WE, la cual fue atribuida a factores como la endogamia a consecuencia de una sobre-explotación pesquera. Sin embargo otra explicación posible es que se deba a una mezcla de individuos de dos o más poblaciones, y la existencia de alelos nulos. Los niveles de estructura genética indican la existencia de una sola población homogénea en la península de Yucatán (F ST de 0.003, p=0.49 y el flujo genético fue significativo (2.3 individuos entre las dos poblaciones. Los resultados de este estudio aceptan la hipótesis de que las poblaciones S. gigas forman parte de una sola población panmíctica en la Península de Yucatán, por lo tanto, el recurso pesquero debe regularse de igual manera en ambas regiones.Genetic diversity in two populations of the snail Strombus gigas (Gastropoda: Strombidae from Yucatan, Mexico, using microsatellite. The pink conch Strombus gigas is an important fisheries resource in the Caribbean region, including the Yucatán Peninsula. We analyzed the genetic diversity and genetic structure of two populations (Alacranes Reef and Chinchorro Bank with the use of five microsatellite molecular markers. The results indicate that the two populations are in the same rank of genetic diversity (He, from 0.613 to 0.692. Significant deviation from H-WE was observed in the both populations due to deficit to heterozygotes, this was attributed to inbreeding as a consequence of over- fishing; nevertheless, other possible causes considered are mixing of individuals from two or more populations, and the existence of null alleles. Levels of genetic differentiation indicated the existence of a single homogenous population in the Yucatan Peninsula (F ST de 0.003, p=0.49, which fits with highest levels of gene flow is significant (2.3 individuals between both populations. Results from this study support the hypothesis that S. gigas is part of a single panmictic population in the Yucatan Peninsula; therefore, this fishery resource should be regulated the same way for both areas. Rev. Biol. Trop. 59 (3: 1127-1134. Epub 2011 September 01.

  1. Cariotipos de los caracoles de tinte Plicopurpura pansa y Plicopurpura columellaris (Gastropoda: Muricidae)

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    Lenin, Arias-Rodriguez; Juan P, González-Hermoso; Horacio, Fletes-Regalado; Luz Estela, Rodríguez-Ibarra; Gabriela Del Valle, Pignataro.

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    Full Text Available El cariotipo de Plicopurpura pansa y P. columellaris fue determinado a partir de 17 y 13 especímenes adultos respectivamente. Adicionalmente, se utilizaron ocho cápsulas de P. pansa. Contamos 186 campos mitóticos en P. pansa: 59 en los adultos y 127 en los embriones; y 118 campos en P. columellaris. [...] En ambas especies se observaron números cromosómicos desde 30 hasta 42. Las variaciones en número cromosómico fueron identificadas en cada individuo, no habiendo ninguna relación con los tejidos (branquias, músculo y estómago) empleados. El número modal diploide típico fue de 2n=36 cromosomas en ambas especies. En los especímenes adultos seleccionamos cinco de las mejores dispersiones cromosómicas para armar el cariotipo. Calculamos los estadísticos citogenéticos clásicos, longitudes relativas, proporción de brazos, índice centromérico y la diferencia entre brazos. Identificamos en ambas especies tres pares de cromosomas metacéntricos y quince pares de cromosomas telocéntricos. Esta clasificación no fue suficientemente robusta, por lo que dividimos el complemento cromosómico de cada especie en cuatro grupos ("a", "b", "c" y "d") utilizando como criterio las longitudes relativas (p+q). Hubo diferencias significativas entre grupos cromosómicos por especie y entre especies, los tres primeros pares de cromosomas (grupo "a" birrámeos) y los dos últimos pares (grupo "d" monorrámeos menores) (análisis de varianza de dos vías, p Abstract in english Karyotypes of the purple snails Plicopurpura pansa and Plicopurpura columellaris (Gastropoda: Muricidae). The karyotypes of the purple snails Plicopurpura pansa (Gould, 1853) and P. columellaris (Lamarck, 1816) were established from 17 and 13 adults, respectively; and from eight capsules with embryo [...] s of P. pansa. In P. pansa were counted 59 mitotic fields in the adults and 127 in embryos; and 118 fields in P. columellaris. Chromosome numbers from 30 to 42 were observed in both species. Such a variation was notorious in each sample and there was no evidence of any relationship with tissue (gill, muscle and stomach). Both species has a typical modal number of 2n=36 chromosomes. Five good quality chromosome spreads were selected from adults of each species to assemble the karyotype. Classic cytogenetics statistics like relative lengths, arm ratio, centromeric index and the difference between long and short arms are presented. There were three pairs of metacentric and fifteen pairs of telocentric chromosomes in both species. This classification was not strong enough, so the chromosome complement by species was divided in four groups ("a", "b", "c" and "d") on the basis of relative lengths (p+q). A comparison of p+q in each chromosome pair was estimated within and between species by two ways analysis of variance and Tukey tests (P

  2. The Complete Sequence of the Mitochondrial Genome of the Chamberednautilus (Mollusca: Cephalopoda)

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    Boore, Jeffrey L.

    2005-12-01

    Background: Mitochondria contain small genomes that arephysically separate from those of nuclei. Their comparison serves as amodel system for understanding the processes of genome evolution.Although complete mitochondrial genome sequences have been reported formore than 600 animals, the taxonomic sampling is highly biased towardvertebrates and arthropods, leaving much of the diversity yetuncharacterized. Results: The mitochondrial genome of a cephalopodmollusk, the Chambered Nautilus, is 16,258 nts in length and 59.5 percentA+T, both values that are typical of animal mitochondrial genomes. Itcontains the 37 genes that are typical for animal mtDNAs, with 15 on oneDNA strand and 22 on the other. The arrangement of these genes can bederived from that of the distantly related Katharina tunicata (Mollusca:Polyplacophora) by a switch in position of two large blocks of genes andtranspositions of four tRNA genes. There is strong skew in thedistribution of nucleotides between the two strands. There are an unusualnumber of non-coding regions and their function, if any, is not known;however, several of these demark abrupt shifts in nucleotide skew,suggesting that they may play roles in transcription and/or replication.One of the non-coding regions contains multiple repeats of a tRNA-likesequence. Some of the tRNA genes appear to overlap on the same strand,but this could be resolved if the polycistron were cleaved at thebeginning of the downstream gene, followed by polyadenylation of theproduct of the upstream gene to form a fully paired structure.Conclusions: Nautilus sp. mtDNA contains an expected gene content thathas experienced few rearrangements since the evolutionary split betweencephalopods and polyplacophorans. It contains an unusual number ofnon-coding regions, especially considering that these otherwise often aregenerated by the same processes that produce gene rearrangements. Thisappears to be yet another case where polyadenylation of mitochondrialtRNAs restores what would otherwise bean incompletestructure.

  3. Diversidad y microestructura de quitones (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) del Caribe de Costa Rica

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    Cedar I, García-Ríos; Migdalia, Álvarez-Ruiz.

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Los poliplacóforos asociados a los arrecifes de coral en la costa caribeña de Costa Rica han sido poco estudiados. El examen del cascajo de coral acumulado en el sublitoral somero, en cuatro estaciones de colección, localizadas en la Provincia de Limón reveló una diversidad de quitones mayor a la do [...] cumentada. Anteriormente se habían registrado ocho especies para el Caribe costaricense: Ischnochiton erythronotus (C.B. Adams, 1845); Ischnoplax pectinata (Sowerby 1840); Stenoplax boogii (Haddon, 1886); S. purpurascens (C.B. Adams, 1845); Acanthopleura granulata (Gmelin, 1791); Chiton marmoratus Gmelin, 1791; C. tuberculatus Linnaeus, 1758; Acanthochitona rhodea (Pilsbry, 1893). Otras cinco se registran aquí por primera vez: Callistochiton portobelensis Ferreira 1976; Ischnochiton kaasi Ferreira 1987; I. pseudovirgatus Kaas 1972; Acanthochitona balesae Abbott 1954; Cryptoconchus floridanus (Dall 1889). Abstract in english Diversity and microstructure of quitons (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) from the Caribbean of Costa Rica. The polyplacophorans of the coral reef on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica have been insufficiently studied. The examination of coral rubble accumulated in the shallow sublitoral waters on four coll [...] ection stations in Provincia Limón revealed a higher diversity of chitons than was documented. From the country eight species were previously known: Ischnochiton erythronotus (C.B. Adams 1845); Ischnoplax pectinata (Sowerby 1840); Stenoplax boogii (Haddon 1886); S. purpurascens (C.B. Adams 1845); Acanthopleura granulate (Gmelin 1791); Chiton marmoratus Gmelin 1791; C. tuberculatus Linnaeus 1758 and Acanthochitona rhodea (Pilsbry 1893). This study added five more species that are reported here for the first time: Callistochiton portobelensis Ferreira 1976; Ischnochiton kaasi Ferreira 1987; I. pseudovirgatus Kaas 1972; Acanthochitona balesae Abbott 1954 and Cryptoconchus floridanus (Dall 1889). Rev. Biol. Trop. 59 (1): 129-136. Epub 2011 March 01.

  4. An SCD gene from the Mollusca and its upregulation in carotenoid-enriched scallops.

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    Li, Xue; Ning, Xianhui; Dou, Jinzhuang; Yu, Qian; Wang, Shuyue; Zhang, Lingling; Wang, Shi; Hu, Xiaoli; Bao, Zhenmin

    2015-06-10

    Carotenoids are a diverse group of red, orange, and yellow pigments that act as vitamin A precursors and antioxidants. Animals can only obtain carotenoids through their diets. Amongst the carotenoids identified in nature, over one third are of marine origin, but current research on carotenoid absorption in marine species is limited. Bivalves possess an adductor muscle, which is normally white in scallops. However, a new variety of Yesso scallop (Patinopecten yessoensis), the 'Haida golden scallop', can be distinguished by its adductor muscle's orange colour, which is caused by carotenoid accumulation. Studying the genes related to carotenoid accumulation in this scallop could benefit our understanding of the mechanisms underlying carotenoid absorption in marine organisms, and it could further improve scallop breeding for carotenoid content. Stearoyl-CoA desaturase (SCD) is the rate-limiting enzyme in the production of monounsaturated fatty acids, which enhance carotenoid absorption. Here, the full-length cDNA and genomic DNA sequences of the SCD gene from the Yesso scallop (PySCD) were obtained. The PySCD gene consisted of four exons and three introns, and it contained a 990-bp open reading frame encoding 329 amino acids. It was ubiquitously expressed in adult tissues, embryos and larvae of both white Yesso scallops and 'Haida golden' scallops. Although the expression pattern of PySCD in both types of scallops was similar, significantly more PySCD transcripts were detected in the 'Haida golden' scallops than in the white scallops. Elevated PySCD expression was found in tissues including the adductor muscle, digestive gland, and gonad, as well as in veliger larvae. This study represents the first characterisation of an SCD gene from the Mollusca. Our data imply that PySCD functions in multiple biological processes, and it might be involved in carotenoid accumulation. PMID:25816753

  5. Larval trematodes (Digenea) of the great pond snail, Lymnaea stagnalis (L.), (Gastropoda, Pulmonata) in Central Europe: a survey of species and key to their identification.

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    Faltýnková, Anna; Našincová, Vanda; Kablásková, Lenka

    2007-01-01

    Ro?. 14, ?. 1 (2007), s. 39-51. ISSN 1252-607X R&D Projects: GA AV ?R IAA6022404; GA ?R GP524/07/P086; GA ?R GD524/03/H133; GA MŠk LC522 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60220518 Keywords : Trematoda * Mollusca * cercaria * metacercaria * Lymnaea stagnalis Subject RIV: EG - Zoology Impact factor: 0.713, year: 2007

  6. Los moluscos (Pelecypoda, Gastropoda, Cephalopoda, Polyplacophora y Scaphopoda) recolectados en el SE del golfo de California durante las campañas SIPCO a bordo del B/O "El Puma": Elenco faunístico / Mollusks (Pelecypoda, Gastropoda, Cephalopoda, Polyplacophora and Scaphopoda) collected in the SE Gulf of California during the SIPCO cruises aboard the R/V "El Puma": Faunistic catalog

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    Michel E., Hendrickx; José, Salgado-Barragán; Arturo, Toledano-Granados; Mercedes, Cordero-Ruiz.

    Full Text Available Un total de 202 especies (122 géneros entre 62 familias) y 4 979 ejemplares de moluscos se recolectó en 24 arrastres de fondo que se realizaron en la plataforma continental frente a las costas de Sinaloa, en el SE del golfo de California, México. Los arrastres se efectuaron entre 27 y 117 m de profu [...] ndidad, durante las Campañas SIPCO I, II y III, a bordo del buque oceanográfico "El Puma", de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, en abril y agosto de 1981 y en enero de 1982. El material obtenido se reparte entre las diversas clases de moluscos como sigue: Pelecypoda, 55 especies; Gastropoda, 140; Cephalopoda, 3; Polyplacophora, 3; Scaphopoda, 1 especie. Algunas especies no pudieron ser identificadas (2 Bivalvia; 4 Gastropoda; 1 Cephalopoda), pero se reconocieron como distintas a las demás. El listado presentado incluye la lista del material examinado, así como la distribución geográfica de cada especie. Además, se incluye una ilustración de cada una de las especies recolectadas. Abstract in english A total of 202 species (122 genera in 62 families) and 4 979 specimens of mollusks was collected in 24 bottom trawls on the continental shelf off the coast of Sinaloa, in the SE Gulf of California, Mexico. The trawls were made between 27 and 117 m depth during the SIPCO I, II and III cruises aboard [...] the research vessel "El Puma" of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in April and August 1981, and in January 1982. The material obtained belongs to five classes of mollusks: Pelecypoda, 55 species, Gastropoda, 140; Cephalopoda, 3; Polyplacophora, 3; Scaphopoda, 1 species. Some species (2 Bivalvia; 4 Gastropoda; 1 Cephalopoda) could not be identified but were recognized as distinct. The check list presented includes the material examined and the geographic distribution of all species. In addition, an illustration of each collected species is provided.

  7. Influência do jejum severo sobre o conteúdo de proteínas totais e de amônio na hemolinfa de Bradybaena similaris (Fèrussac) (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Xanthonychidae) / Influence of the starvation on the total proteins and ammonia contents in the hemolymph of Bradybaena similaris (Fèrussac) (Gastropoda)

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    Claudia R.S. de, Lira; Edna M., Gomes; Generoso M., Chagas; Jairo, Pinheiro.

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    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english The total protein and ammonia contents in the hemolymph of Bradybaena similaris (Fèrussac, 1821) during the starvation were determined from August, 1996 to March, 1998. The results revealed a significant variation in the total protein content throughout the period of starvation analized, there being [...] a negative relation between the total protein content and the time of starvation. But the same result was not observed in the ammonia content. After 30 days of starvation there was a reduction of 2,8% of the content of ammonia in the hemolymph. A negative relation between the ammonia content and the time of starvation was observed, but this relation was not significative. It is probable that the degradation of the proteins don't lead to an increase of the ammonia in the hemolymph of the snail. It indicates that the increase on the nitrogenous products of degradation, caused by the degradation of the proteins, is detoxified as urea or uric acid.

  8. Abundancia y estructura de tallas de Nerita funiculata (Mollusca: Gastrópoda: Neritidae) en la zona intermareal de las Islas de la Bahía de Navachiste, Sinaloa, México / Abundance and size structure of Nerita funiculata (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Neritidae) in the intertidal zone of the Navachiste Bay islands, Sinaloa, Mexico

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    Juan Francisco, Arzola-González; Domenico, Voltolina; Yecenia, Gutiérrez-Rubio; Luis Miguel, Flores-Campaña.

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    Full Text Available Se determinaron la densidad media anual y las distribuciones de talla y peso del gasterópodo Nerita funiculata en seis islas de la Bahía de Navachiste (Sinaloa, México). Las densidades fueron mayores en las islas San Lucas y La Huitussera (28.3 ± 1.8 y 26.8 ± 2.2 ind m?2) que en La Mapachera (11.0 ± [...] 2.4 ind m?). La longitud total (LT) media fue mayor en Guasayeye (16.61 ± 2.36 mm) y las menores fueron en San Lucas y Tesobiate (14.67 ± 2.06 y 14.66 ± 2.36 mm). Las LT medias mensuales variaron entre 13.95 ± 1.87 y 13.96 ± 2.44 (Tesobiate y San Lucas) y 18.85 ± 1.98 mm (Guasayeye). La relación entre LT y PT (peso total en gramos): PT = 0.0014 LT2.518, indicó crecimiento alométrico negativo. Abstract in english The annual mean density and the weight and size distribution of the gastropod Nerita funiculata were recorded for six islands of Navachiste Bay (Sinaloa, Mexico). The densities were greater in San Lucas and La Huitussera (28.3 ± 1.8 and 26.8 ± 2.2 ind m?2) than in La Mapachera (11.0 ± 2.4 ind m?2). [...] The mean total length (TL) was greater in Guasayeye (16.61 ± 2.36 mm) and lower values were recorded in San Lucas and Tesobiate (14.67 ± 2.06 and 14.66 ± 2.36 mm). The monthly mean TL varied between 13.95 ± 1.87 and 13.96 ± 2.44 (Tesobiate and San Lucas) and 18.85 ± 1.98 mm (Guasayeye). The relationship between TL and TW (total weight in grams): TW = 0.0014 TL2.518, indicated a negative allometric growth.

  9. Tolerance to air exposure of the New Zealand mudsnail Potamopyrgus antipodarum (Hydrobiidae, Mollusca) as a prerequisite to survival in overland translocations

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    Alvaro Alonso; Pilar Castro-Díez

    2013-01-01

    Spreading throughout a new ecosystem is the last step of an exotic species to become invasive. In the case of invasive aquatic molluscs, tolerance to air exposure is one of the main mechanisms allowing overland translocation and spreading. The mudsnail Potamopyrgus antipodarum (Hydrobiidae, Mollusca) is native to New Zealand but it has spread worldwide, invading ecosystems in Europe, Australia, America and Asia. The aim of our study is to assess mudsnail tolerance to air exposure, which may c...

  10. Introducción al estudio de los gasterópodos (Mollusca de la laguna de Montcortès (Pallars Sobirà, Cataluña, NE de la península ibérica

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    V. Bros

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction to the study of gastropods (Mollusca on the Montcortés lake (Pallars Sobirà, Catlonia, NE of the Iberian peninsulaThe check-list of 50 species of terrestrial gastro­pod and freshwater molluscs in the Montcortès lake (Catalonia, Spain and its environs, pertaining to 24 different families, is shown. Thirty-three species are cited for the first time in the area of study. The unpublished data on their distribution and ecological requirements are contributed. The preliminary results indicate us that the communities of molluscs that accompany to the helofitic vegetation and the higrofits well are formed with elements of high faunistic and ecological interest. Simultaneously, some recommendations for the protection of the malacological fauna of the lake are commented.

  11. A associação entre Crepidula aculeata (Gastropoda, Calyptraeidae) a alga calcárea Amphiroa beauvoisii, na Baía de Santos, São Paulo, Brasil

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    Setuko, Masunari.

    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english Association Crepidula aculeata - Amphiroa beauvoisii. Population study of Crepidula aculeata Gmelin, 1791) (Gastropoda Calyptraeidae) and analysis of protocooperative association between the mollusc and the alga were carried out in the phytal of calcareous alga Amphiroa beauvoisii Lamouroux, 1816 at [...] Ilha das Palmas, Santos Bay (24º00'S - 46º19'W). Samples were collected at three sites of different degree of water movement in the intertidal zone and sublittoral fringe during 1975 and 1976. From 93,916 organisms belonging to 172 species, 5,331 were Crepidula, the most abundant among sessile species. Also, Crepidula constitutes a substratum to attachment of Amphiroa, accounting for 30% of total phytal area. There was a positive correlation between the growth of shell and epizoic alga. Higher level of the phytal belt was more suitable for attachment and/or growth of the epizoic alga, without influence from water movement or season of the year. This association depends on the external morphology of the shell, filter-feeding habit, high adhesive power and lacking of mechanisms avoiding attachment of epizoics of Crepidula. Exuberant growth of the epizoic tuft over Crepidula female shell would constitute camouflage and protection of offsprings against predators.

  12. Comparative morphology among representatives of main taxa of Scaphopoda and basal protobranch Bivalvia (Mollusca)

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    Luiz Ricardo L., Simone.

    Full Text Available Este estudo analisa a morfologia e anatomia detalhadas de 4 espécies de Scaphopoda e 5 espécies de bivalves protobrânquios. Ambas as classes são tradicionalmente agrupadas no táxon Diasoma, o qual vem sendo questionado por diferentes metodologias, tais como molecular e de desenvolvimento. Este estud [...] o é desenvolvido sob uma metodologia filogenética, a qual a maior preocupação é fornecer um procedimento inteligível e testável. As espécies de Scaphopoda analisadas provieram da costa brasileira e pertencem à família Dentaliidae [(1) Coccodentalium carduus; (2) Paradentalium disparile] e Gadilidae [(3) Polyschides noronhensis, n. sp. do Arquipélago de Fernando de Noronha; (4) Gadila braziliensis]. Estas espécies representam os ramos principais da classe Scaphopoda. Dos bivalves protobrânquios, representantes das famílias Solemyidae [(5) Solemya occidentalis, da Flórida; S. notialis, n. sp. do S.E. Brasil], Nuculanidae [(6) Propeleda carpentieri, da Flórida] e Nuculidae [(7) Ennucula puelcha, do sul do Brasil] são incluídos. Estas espécies representam os principais ramos dos bivalves basais. As descrições anatômicas de S. occidentalis e de P. carpentieri estão sendo publicadas em outro artigo, as das demais espécies estão incluídas neste, o qual também inclui um completo tratamento taxonômico. Além dessas espécies, representantes de outros táxons são operacionalmente incluídos como parte do ingroup (então os índices são compartilhados com eles), um procedimento visando testar a monofilia morfológica de Diasoma. Esses táxons são 2 bivalves lamelibrânquios [(8) Barbatia - Arcidae; (9) Serratina - Tellinidae; ambos publicados em artigos a parte]; Propilidium (10) Patellogastropoda e (11) Nautilus, Cephalopoda basal, baseados em táxons basais. Os outgroups efetivos são (12) Neopilina (Monoplacophora) e (13) Hanleya (Polyplacophora). A análise filogenética baseada na morfologia revelou que o táxon Diasoma é suportado por 14 sinapomorfias, sendo separada de Cyrtosoma (Gastropoda + Cephalopoda). Embora não sendo o principal enfoque do presente artigo, os táxons Scaphopoda e Bivalvia são suportados por 8 e por 7 sinapomorfias respectivamente. O táxon Protobranchia resultou parafilético. O cladograma obtido é: ((((Coccodentalium carduus - Paradentalium disparile) (Polyschides noronhensis - Gadila brasiliensis)) ((Solemya occidentalis - S. notialis) (Propeleda carpenteri (Ennucula puelcha (Barbatia cancellaria - Serratina capsoides))))) (Propilidium curumim - Nautilus pompilius - Lolliguncula brevis)). Abstract in english This study deals with detailed morphology and anatomy of 4 species of Scaphopoda and 5 species of protobranch Bivalvia. Both classes are traditionally grouped in the taxon Diasoma, which has been questioned by different methodologies, such as molecular and developmental. This study is developed unde [...] r a phylogenetic methodology with the main concern in performing it in an intelligible and testable methodology. The analyzed Scaphopoda species came from the Brazilian coast and belong to the family Dentaliidae [(1) Coccodentalium carduus; (2) Paradentalium disparile] and Gadiliidae; [(3) Polyschides noronhensis, n. sp. from Fernando de Noronha Archipelago; (4) Gadila braziliensis]. These species represent the main branches of the class Scaphopoda. From protobranch bivalves, representatives of the families Solemyidae [(5) Solemya occidentalis, from Florida; S. notialis, n. sp. from S.E. Brazil], Nuculanidae [(6) Propeleda carpentieri from Florida], and Nuculidae [(7) Ennucula puelcha, from south Brazil] are included. These species represent the main branches of the basal Bivalvia. The descriptions on the anatomy of S. occidentalis and of P. carpentieri are published elsewhere. The remaining are included here, for which a complete taxonomical treatment is performed. Beyond these species, representatives of other taxa are operationally included as part of the ingroup (indices are then shared with them), as a procedure to test the morpho

  13. Comparative morphology among representatives of main taxa of Scaphopoda and basal protobranch Bivalvia (Mollusca

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    Luiz Ricardo L. Simone

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This study deals with detailed morphology and anatomy of 4 species of Scaphopoda and 5 species of protobranch Bivalvia. Both classes are traditionally grouped in the taxon Diasoma, which has been questioned by different methodologies, such as molecular and developmental. This study is developed under a phylogenetic methodology with the main concern in performing it in an intelligible and testable methodology. The analyzed Scaphopoda species came from the Brazilian coast and belong to the family Dentaliidae [(1 Coccodentalium carduus; (2 Paradentalium disparile] and Gadiliidae; [(3 Polyschides noronhensis, n. sp. from Fernando de Noronha Archipelago; (4 Gadila braziliensis]. These species represent the main branches of the class Scaphopoda. From protobranch bivalves, representatives of the families Solemyidae [(5 Solemya occidentalis, from Florida; S. notialis, n. sp. from S.E. Brazil], Nuculanidae [(6 Propeleda carpentieri from Florida], and Nuculidae [(7 Ennucula puelcha, from south Brazil] are included. These species represent the main branches of the basal Bivalvia. The descriptions on the anatomy of S. occidentalis and of P. carpentieri are published elsewhere. The remaining are included here, for which a complete taxonomical treatment is performed. Beyond these species, representatives of other taxa are operationally included as part of the ingroup (indices are then shared with them, as a procedure to test the morphological monophyly of Diasoma. These taxa are: two lamellibranch bivalves [(8 Barbatia - Arcidae; (9 Serratina - Tellinidae; both published elsewhere;, and Propilidium (10 Patellogastropoda, and (11 Nautilus, basal Cephalopoda, based on basal taxa. The effective outgroups are (12 Neopilina (Monoplacophora and (13 Hanleya (Polyplacophora. The phylogenetic analysis based on morphology revealed that the taxon Diasoma is supported by 14 synapomorphies, and is separated from Cyrtosoma (Gastropoda + Cephalopoda. Although they are not the main goal of this paper, the taxa Scaphopoda and Bivalvia are supported by 8 and by 7 synapomorphies respectively. The taxon Protobranchia resulted paraphyletic. Both scaphopod orders resulted monophyletic. The obtained cladogram is: ((((Coccodentalium carduus - Paradentalium disparile (Polyschides noronhensis - Gadila brasiliensis ((Solemya occidentalis - S. notialis (Propeleda carpenteri (Ennucula puelcha (Barbatia cancellaria - Serratina capsoides (Propilidium curumim - Nautilus pompilius - Lolliguncula brevis.Este estudo analisa a morfologia e anatomia detalhadas de 4 espécies de Scaphopoda e 5 espécies de bivalves protobrânquios. Ambas as classes são tradicionalmente agrupadas no táxon Diasoma, o qual vem sendo questionado por diferentes metodologias, tais como molecular e de desenvolvimento. Este estudo é desenvolvido sob uma metodologia filogenética, a qual a maior preocupação é fornecer um procedimento inteligível e testável. As espécies de Scaphopoda analisadas provieram da costa brasileira e pertencem à família Dentaliidae [(1 Coccodentalium carduus; (2 Paradentalium disparile] e Gadilidae [(3 Polyschides noronhensis, n. sp. do Arquipélago de Fernando de Noronha; (4 Gadila braziliensis]. Estas espécies representam os ramos principais da classe Scaphopoda. Dos bivalves protobrânquios, representantes das famílias Solemyidae [(5 Solemya occidentalis, da Flórida; S. notialis, n. sp. do S.E. Brasil], Nuculanidae [(6 Propeleda carpentieri, da Flórida] e Nuculidae [(7 Ennucula puelcha, do sul do Brasil] são incluídos. Estas espécies representam os principais ramos dos bivalves basais. As descrições anatômicas de S. occidentalis e de P. carpentieri estão sendo publicadas em outro artigo, as das demais espécies estão incluídas neste, o qual também inclui um completo tratamento taxonômico. Além dessas espécies, representantes de outros táxons são operacionalmente incluídos como parte do ingroup (então os índices são compartilhados com eles, um procedimento visando testar a monofilia morfológica de Diasoma. Esses táx

  14. Korttermynbedreigings vir varswater-Mollusca in die Olifantsrivier en enkele sytakke Short-term threats for the sustained survival of freshwater Mollusca in the Olifants River and selected tributaries.

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    Full Text Available Die bewaringstatus van minder as 2% van die ongeveer 7000 molluskspesies bekend wêreldwyd, is tot dusver behoorlik geassesseer. Gevolglik is die algemene vlak van bedreiging vir molluske power gedokumenteer en hoogs waarskynlik onderskat. Varswatermolluske is permanente waterbewoners wat oor beperkte voortbewegingsvermoë beskik en aan ’n verskeidenheid van antropogeniese afvalstowwe blootgestel word omdat waterbronne dikwels as stortplek vir ’n groot verskeidenheid van nadelige besoedelstowwe gebruik word. Die Olifantsrivier word dikwels as een van die mees getransformeerde riviere in Suider-Afrika beskryf en word toenemend aan uitermate hoë druk onderwerp betreffende natuurlike hulpbronne en die geassosieerde landelike versteurings, asook besoedeling. Omdat min inligting oor die diversiteit van Mollusca in die Olifantsrivier op rekord is, is in die huidige studie vier opnames tydens twee opeenvolgende jare gemaak van die molluske in die Olifantsrivier en geselekteerde sytakke by onderskeidelik drie lokaliteite op die Hoëveld en vier in die Laeveld. Die pH en elektriese geleidingsvermoë van die water is by elk van die lokaliteite bepaal en het gewissel tussen 6.93 en 9.50, en 110 µS en 1336 µS, vir pH en geleidingsvermoë onderskeidelik. ’n Totaal van 25 molluskspesies is tydens die vier opnames versamel wat die eksotiese indringerspesies Lymnaea columella, Physa acuta, Aplexa marmorata en Tarebia granifera insluit. Laasgenoemde spesie het verreweg die grootste getal eksemplare in totaal opgelewer, hoofsaaklik by ’n lokaliteit wat as grootliks getransformeerd beskryf kan word. Die resultate van hierdie ondersoek kan as basis vir toekomstige opnames dien om die impak van antropogeniese versteurings op die diversiteit van die Mollusca in die Olifantsrivier- en opvanggebied te evalueer.The conservation status of less than 2% of the more or less 7000 mollusk species known worldwide have been properly assessed. Consequently the general level of imperilment is poorly documented and almost certainly underestimated. Freshwater mollusks live permanently in water, have limited means of movement and are exposed to a variety of anthropogenic waste products due to the fact that waterbodies often act as sinks for a large array of harmful pollutants. The Olifants River is often described as one of the most polluted rivers in Southern Africa and is progressively subjected to extremely high pressure with regard to natural resources and associated rural transformation and pollution. Little is on record regarding the diversity of the Mollusca in the Olifants River; therefore, in the present study, four surveys of the molluscs were conducted in this river and selected tributaries during two consecutive years at three localities situated on the Highveld and four localities situated in the Lowveld respectively. The pH and electric conductivity of the water were determined during each survey at each one of the localities and values ranged from 6.93 to 9.50, and 110 µS to 1336 µS, for pH and conductivity respectively. A total of 25 mollusk species were collected during the four surveys which included the exotic invader species Lymnaea columella, Physa acuta, Aplexa marmorata and Tarebia granifera. The latter species yielded the highest number of specimens by far, mainly at a locality which could be described as largely transformed. The results of this investigation can serve as a point of departure for future surveys to evaluate the impact of anthropogenic disturbances on the mollusc diversity in the Olifants River and catchment.

  15. Biodiversidad de gasterópodos terrestres (Mollusca en el Parque Biológico Sierra de San Javier, Tucumán, Argentina

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    María José Miranda

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó un inventario y se analizaron parámetros de diversidad de la malacofauna terrestre del Parque Biológico Sierra de San Javier. Se llevaron a cabo muestreos cualitativos y cuantitativos en parcelas de 10x10m tomadas en transectas altitudinales, para un total de 22 169 especímenes recolectados. Las identificaciones taxonómicas se llevaron a cabo a nivel de especie. Se construyó una matriz de especies por parcela para analizar patrones de diversidad y se utilizaron estimadores no paramétricos (ICE, ACE, Chao 1 y Chao 2 para calcular la diversidad del Parque, el grado de completitud del muestreo y la agregación espacial de los datos. Se calcularon los índices de Shannon, Simpson, Whittaker y Jaccard. La riqueza del Parque fue estimada en 32 especies distribuidas en 21 géneros y 13 familias. Solo una especie pertenece a Caenogastropoda, el resto son Pulmonados Stylommatophora y Systellommatophora. La familia más representada fue Charopidae mientras que la especie con mayor abundancia relativa fue Adelopoma tucma. La riqueza y diversidad fue levemente mayor en chaco seco que en bosque húmedo de Yungas. Los valores de diversidad obtenidos fueron elevados en comparación con estudios previos realizados en el noroeste Argentino.Biodiversity of land gastropods (Mollusca in Sierra de San Javier Park, Tucumán, Argentina. Studies related to land mollusk diversity in tropical and subtropical forests are scarce. To assess this, a study on land snail diversity of subtropical cloudforest (Yungas and dry forest (Chaco areas of Sierra de San Javier Park, Tucumán, Argentina, was carried out. Taxonomic identifications were performed to species level and built a species per stations data matrix to analyze diversity patterns on qualitative and quantitative samples processed from 10x10m quadrates in altitudinal transects. Non parametric analysis (ICE, ACE, Chao 1 and Chao 2 were used to estimate the true diversity of the area, as well as the degree of undersampling and spatial aggregation of the data. Diversity was also calculated using Shannon, Simpson, Whittaker and Jaccard indices. The richness of the San Javier Park was estimated to be 32 species distributed into 13 families and 21 genera. From the total number of species collected, a single one belongs to Caenogastropoda, while the rest of the species are classified into Pulmonata Stylommatophora and Systellommatophora. The most representative family was the micromollusc Charopidae, while the most relatively abundant species was another micromollusc snail, Adelopoma tucma. Richness and diversity were slightly more elevated in dry forest areas of the Chacoan Ecoregion than in cloud forest areas of Yungas. Non parametric estimators showed that the inventory was complete. Diversity values obtained were high in comparison to previously studied areas of Northwestern Argentina. The total number of specimen collected (22 169 specimens, was higher than other published studies. Rev. Biol. Trop. 58 (3: 1009- 1029. Epub 2010 September 01.

  16. Biodiversidad de gasterópodos terrestres (Mollusca) en el Parque Biológico Sierra de San Javier, Tucumán, Argentina

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    María José, Miranda; María Gabriela, Cuezzo.

    1009-10-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó un inventario y se analizaron parámetros de diversidad de la malacofauna terrestre del Parque Biológico Sierra de San Javier. Se llevaron a cabo muestreos cualitativos y cuantitativos en parcelas de 10x10m tomadas en transectas altitudinales, para un total de 22 169 especímenes recolectad [...] os. Las identificaciones taxonómicas se llevaron a cabo a nivel de especie. Se construyó una matriz de especies por parcela para analizar patrones de diversidad y se utilizaron estimadores no paramétricos (ICE, ACE, Chao 1 y Chao 2) para calcular la diversidad del Parque, el grado de completitud del muestreo y la agregación espacial de los datos. Se calcularon los índices de Shannon, Simpson, Whittaker y Jaccard. La riqueza del Parque fue estimada en 32 especies distribuidas en 21 géneros y 13 familias. Solo una especie pertenece a Caenogastropoda, el resto son Pulmonados Stylommatophora y Systellommatophora. La familia más representada fue Charopidae mientras que la especie con mayor abundancia relativa fue Adelopoma tucma. La riqueza y diversidad fue levemente mayor en chaco seco que en bosque húmedo de Yungas. Los valores de diversidad obtenidos fueron elevados en comparación con estudios previos realizados en el noroeste Argentino. Abstract in english Biodiversity of land gastropods (Mollusca) in Sierra de San Javier Park, Tucumán, Argentina. Studies related to land mollusk diversity in tropical and subtropical forests are scarce. To assess this, a study on land snail diversity of subtropical cloudforest (Yungas) and dry forest (Chaco) areas of S [...] ierra de San Javier Park, Tucumán, Argentina, was carried out. Taxonomic identifications were performed to species level and built a species per stations data matrix to analyze diversity patterns on qualitative and quantitative samples processed from 10x10m quadrates in altitudinal transects. Non parametric analysis (ICE, ACE, Chao 1 and Chao 2) were used to estimate the true diversity of the area, as well as the degree of undersampling and spatial aggregation of the data. Diversity was also calculated using Shannon, Simpson, Whittaker and Jaccard indices. The richness of the San Javier Park was estimated to be 32 species distributed into 13 families and 21 genera. From the total number of species collected, a single one belongs to Caenogastropoda, while the rest of the species are classified into Pulmonata Stylommatophora and Systellommatophora. The most representative family was the micromollusc Charopidae, while the most relatively abundant species was another micromollusc snail, Adelopoma tucma. Richness and diversity were slightly more elevated in dry forest areas of the Chacoan Ecoregion than in cloud forest areas of Yungas. Non parametric estimators showed that the inventory was complete. Diversity values obtained were high in comparison to previously studied areas of Northwestern Argentina. The total number of specimen collected (22 169 specimens), was higher than other published studies. Rev. Biol. Trop. 58 (3): 1009- 1029. Epub 2010 September 01.

  17. A COMMUNITY ANALYSIS OF THE SOFT BOTTOM MEGAFAUNA (CRUSTACEA, MOLLUSCA) FROM THE SOUTHWESTERN REGION OF SANTA MARTA, COLOMBIAN CARIBBEAN / ANÁLISIS DE COMUNIDAD DE LA MEGAFAUNA (CRUSTACEA; MOLLUSCA) DE FONDOS BLANDOS EN LA REGIÓN SUROCCIDENTAL DE SANTA MARTA, CARIBE COLOMBIANO.

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    Claudia P., Arango; Oscar D., Solano.

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    Full Text Available Las comunidades megabentónicas de fondos blandos han sido pobremente estudiadas en el mar Caribe. En este estudio describimos la estructura y la composición de especies de una comunidad de la megafauna de Crustacea-Mollusca basados en muestras de red de arrastre tomadas entre 13 y 60 m de profundida [...] d en la región suroeste de Santa Marta, Caribe colombiano. Los análisis de clasificación y ordenación usando datos de abundancia de crustáceos y moluscos produjeron dos grupos principales (A y C) que parecen estar controlados por la profundidad y las características del sedimento. El grupo A consistió de especies colectadas en las estaciones más profundas y con alto contenido de sedimentos muy finos (entre 30 y 60 m) y exhibió los valores medios de densidad y biomasa más altos. El decápodo Chasmocarcinus cilindricus se encontró como la especie característica de este grupo. El bivalvo Laevicardium pictum apareció como característico del grupo más somero C (13 a 17 m) donde el sedimento fué más grueso. Trachypenaeus similis, Portunus spinicarpus, Lupella forceps y Penaeus duorarum fueron especies generalistas en ambas zonas y fueron las más abundantes entre todas. No hubo una evidencia clara de variación temporal de los grupos, sin embargo, un aumento en la abundancia de especies dominantes en el área somera durante marzo podría estar relacionado con el fenómeno de la surgencia conocido para el área de Santa Marta. Abstract in english Soft bottom megabenthic communities have been poorly studied in the Caribbean Sea. In this study we describe the structure and species composition of a Crustacea-Mollusca megafaunal community based on beam trawl samples taken between 13 and 60 m depth at the southwestern region of Santa Marta, Colom [...] bian Caribbean. Classification and ordination analyses using abundance data of crustaceans and molluscs produced two main groups (A and C), which seem to be controlled by depth and sediment characteristics. Group A consisted of species collected at the deeper stations and high content of silts (between 30 and 60 m depth) and exhibited the highest density and biomass mean values. The decapod Chasmocarcinus cilindricus was found as the characteristic species for the group A. The bivalve Laevicardium pictum occurred as characteristic in the shallower cluster C (14 to 17 m) where the sediment was coarser. Trachypenaeus similis, Portunus spinicarpus, Lupella forceps and Penaeus duorarum were generalist species for both groups and were found as the most abundant species overall. There was not a clear evidence of temporal variation of the groups, however an increase in the abundance of dominant species at the shallower area during March may be related to the upwelling phenomenon known for the Santa Marta area.

  18. The influence of fish cage culture on ?13C and ?15N of filter-feeding Bivalvia (Mollusca) / A influência dos tanques rede sobre o ?13C e ?15N de uma espécie filtradora Bivalvia (Mollusca)

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    E., Benedito; L., Figueroa; A.M, Takeda; GI., Manetta.

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o efeito do cultivo de Oreochromis niloticus em tanques rede sobre os valores de ?13C e ?15N em tecidos Corbicula fluminea (Mollusca; Bivalvia) e no sedimento da cadeia alimentar aquática. As amostragens foram realizadas em períodos prévios e posteriores a instala [...] ção de tanques redes no reservatório de Rosana (Rio Paranapanema, PR-SP). As amostras de espécimes de bivalves filtradores exóticos e as de sedimento foram coletadas utilizando uma versão modificada do pegador tipo Petersen. Todas as amostras foram secas em estufa (60 °C) durante 72 horas, maceradas até obtenção de pó fino e homogêneo e enviadas para determinação do carbono (13C) e do nitrogênio (15N) em espectrofotômetro de massa. Houve diferenças significativas nos valores ?13C e ?15N do invertebrado C. fluminea entre o início e o fim do experimento. Entretanto, não foram evidenciadas diferenças nos valores ?13C e ?15N presente no sedimento. Estes resultados demonstram que a instalação dos tanques rede promoveram impactos na composição isotópica do invertebrado, que podem influenciar as espécies nativas e o ecossistema. Abstract in english The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of Oreochromis niloticus cage culture promoted variations in the ?13C and ?15N in Corbicula fluminea (Mollusca; Bivalvia) and in the sediment of an aquatic food web. Samples were taken before and after net cage installation in the Rosana Reservo [...] ir (Paranapanema River, PR-SP). Samples of specimens of the bivalve filterer C. fluminea and samples of sediment were collected using a modified Petersen grab. All samples were dried in an oven (60 °C) for 72 hours, macerated to obtain homogenous fine powders and sent for carbon (?13C) and nitrogen (?15N) isotopic value analysis in a mass spectrometer. There were significant differences in the ?13C and ?15N values of the invertebrate C. fluminea between the beginning and the end of the experiment. There were no differences between the ?13C and ?15N values of sediment. These results indicate that the installation of fish cage culture promoted impacts in the isotopic composition of the aquatic food web organisms, which could exert influence over the native species and the ecosystem.

  19. The evolution of shell form in tropical terrestrial microsnails

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    Mollusca form an important animal phylum that first appeared in the Cambrian, and today is,after Arthropoda, the second largest animal phylum, with more than 100,000 extant species(Bieler, 1992, Brusca and Brusca, 2003), with the class Gastropoda accounting for 80% of the extant species in the Mollusca. Despite its species-richness, a generalised gastropod shell architecture is maintained because of conserved developmental processes. All of the shelled gastropods grow by adding, in a unidi...

  20. The influence of fish cage culture on ?{sup 13}C and ?{sup 15}N of filter-feeding Bivalvia (Mollusca)

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    The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of Oreochromis niloticus cage culture promoted variations in the ?{sup 13}C and ?{sup 15}N in Corbicula fluminea (Mollusca; Bivalvia) and in the sediment of an aquatic food web. Samples were taken before and after net cage installation in the Rosana Reservoir (Paranapanema River, PR-SP). Samples of specimens of the bivalve filter C. fluminea and samples of sediment were collected using a modified Petersen grab. All samples were dried in an oven (60 °C) for 72 hours, macerated to obtain homogenous fine powders and sent for carbon (?{sup 13}C) and nitrogen (?{sup 15}N) isotopic value analysis in a mass spectrometer. There were significant differences in the ?{sup 13}C and ?{sup 15}N values of the invertebrate C. fluminea between the beginning and the end of the experiment. There were no differences between the ?{sup 13}C and ?{sup 15}N values of sediment. These results indicate that the installation of fish cage culture promoted impacts in the isotopic composition of the aquatic food web organisms, which could exert influence over the native species and the ecosystem. (author)

  1. The influence of fish cage culture on ?13C and ?15N of filter-feeding Bivalvia (Mollusca)

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    The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of Oreochromis niloticus cage culture promoted variations in the ?13C and ?15N in Corbicula fluminea (Mollusca; Bivalvia) and in the sediment of an aquatic food web. Samples were taken before and after net cage installation in the Rosana Reservoir (Paranapanema River, PR-SP). Samples of specimens of the bivalve filter C. fluminea and samples of sediment were collected using a modified Petersen grab. All samples were dried in an oven (60 °C) for 72 hours, macerated to obtain homogenous fine powders and sent for carbon (?13C) and nitrogen (?15N) isotopic value analysis in a mass spectrometer. There were significant differences in the ?13C and ?15N values of the invertebrate C. fluminea between the beginning and the end of the experiment. There were no differences between the ?13C and ?15N values of sediment. These results indicate that the installation of fish cage culture promoted impacts in the isotopic composition of the aquatic food web organisms, which could exert influence over the native species and the ecosystem. (author)

  2. Reproducción, dieta y pesquería del pulpo Octopus (Octopus) hubbsorum (Mollusca: Cephalopoda) en la costa de Oaxaca, México

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    Maria del Carmen, Alejo-Plata; José Luis, Gómez-Márquez; Samuel, Ramos Carrillo; Jorge Eduardo, Herrera- Galindo.

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    Full Text Available Se analizan algunos aspectos de la biología y pesquería de Octopus hubbsorum capturado por pesca artesanal en Puerto Ángel, Oaxaca, México. Las muestras se obtuvieron de enero 2002 a noviembre 2003 con una periodicidad quincenal. A cada uno de los organismos se les registró la longitud dorsal del ma [...] nto (LDM), peso total, sexo y estado de madurez gonádica. Asímismo se obtuvo el Índice Gonadosomático (IGS). Para el análisis del contenido estomacal se utilizaron los índices de frecuencia de presencia y vaciado. Se analizaron 352 organismos, con un intervalo de tallas de 4 a 19 cm LDM; la proporción de sexos fue diferente de 1 (.2= 24.2, p Abstract in english Reproduction, diet and fishery of Octopus (Octopus) hubbsorum (Mollusca: Cephalopoda) in the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. The octopus Octopus hubbsorum (Berry 1953) ranges widely and is important for the artisanal fishery in Puerto Angel, Oaxaca, Mexico. Samples were taken approximately at every two wee [...] ks from January 2002 to November 2003. All organisms were measured for dorsal mantle length (DLM) and total weight; sex and maturity gonadic stage were registered. For the stomach content analysis, frequency of occurrence and emptying indexes were used. The 352 organisms caught ranged from 4 to 18 cm in DLM; the sex ratio was different from 1 (X² = 24.2, p

  3. Molecular phylogenetic analysis supports a Gondwanan origin of the Hyriidae (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Unionida) and the paraphyly of Australasian taxa.

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    Graf, Daniel L; Jones, Hugh; Geneva, Anthony J; Pfeiffer, John M; Klunzinger, Michael W

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    The freshwater mussel family Hyriidae (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Unionida) has a disjunct trans-Pacific distribution in Australasia and South America. Previous phylogenetic analyses have estimated the evolutionary relationships of the family and the major infra-familial taxa (Velesunioninae and Hyriinae: Hyridellini in Australia; Hyriinae: Hyriini, Castaliini, and Rhipidodontini in South America), but taxon and character sampling have been too incomplete to support a predictive classification or allow testing of biogeographical hypotheses. We sampled 30 freshwater mussel individuals representing the aforementioned hyriid taxa, as well as outgroup species representing the five other freshwater mussel families and their marine sister group (order Trigoniida). Our ingroup included representatives of all Australian genera. Phylogenetic relationships were estimated from three gene fragments (nuclear 28S, COI and 16S mtDNA) using maximum parsimony, maximum likelihood, and Bayesian inference, and we applied a Bayesian relaxed clock model calibrated with fossil dates to estimate node ages. Our analyses found good support for monophyly of the Hyriidae and the subfamilies and tribes, as well as the paraphyly of the Australasian taxa (Velesunioninae, (Hyridellini, (Rhipidodontini, (Castaliini, Hyriini)))). The Hyriidae was recovered as sister to a clade comprised of all other Recent freshwater mussel families. Our molecular date estimation supported Cretaceous origins of the major hyriid clades, pre-dating the Tertiary isolation of South America from Antarctica/Australia. We hypothesize that early diversification of the Hyriidae was driven by terrestrial barriers on Gondwana rather than marine barriers following disintegration of the super-continent. PMID:25659337

  4. Strepsodiscus austrinus Pinilla et al. (Gastropoda, Bellerophontoidea) y faunas asociadas del Cámbrico tardío del Angosto de la Quesera, provincia de Salta / Strepsodiscus austrinus Pinilla et al. (Gastropoda, Bellerophontoidea) y faunas asociadas del Cámbrico tardío del Angosto de la Quesera, Provincia de Salta

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    Karina, Pinilla; Nora, Sabattini; Guillermo F, Aceñolaza; M. Franco, Tortello; Susana B, Esteban.

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available En el presente trabajo se realiza un estudio paleontológico en la Formación Lampazar que aflora en la localidad Angosto de La Quesera, franja oeste de la Cordillera Oriental, provincia de Salta. En dicha unidad se ha registrado el género Strepsodiscus Knight (Gastropoda, Bellerophontoidea), el cual [...] ha reforzado anteriores investigaciones que revelan una edad cámbrica tardía para la asociación fosilífera y los estratos portadores. En esta oportunidad se realiza un diagnóstico de la morfología funcional de la especie Strepsodicus austrinus Pinilla et al., la cual se documenta asociada a trilobites característicos de la Biozona de Parabolina frequens argentina [Parabolina (Neoparabolina) frequens (Barrande), Olenidae indet., Micragnostus sp.], Hyolitha gen et sp. indet., placas de crinoideos y trazas fósiles de la ichnofacies de Cruziana. Abstract in english A paleontological study on the Lampazar Formation outcropping at Angosto de la Quesera locality, western Cordillera Oriental, Salta Province, is achieved. The occurrence of the genus Strepsodiscus Knight (Gastropoda, Bellerophontoidea) supports a latest Cambrian age for the formation. This paper inc [...] ludes an analysis of the functional morphology of Strepsodiscus austrinus Pinilla et al., which is associated with some characteristic trilobites of the Parabolina frequens argentina Zone [Parabolina (Neoparabolina) frequens (Barrande), Olenidae indet., Micragnostus sp.], Hyolitha gen et sp. indet, crinoid plates, and trace fossils of the archetypical Cruziana Ichnofacies.

  5. Daños por depredación y tamaño de concha del caracol diádromo Neritina virginea (Gastropoda: Neritidae en el Río Mameyes, Puerto Rico

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    Full Text Available Se compararon las abundancias y tamaños de conchas del gasterópodo Neritina virginea de acuerdo a los daños presentados en especimenes vivos y muertos (n= 5066 recolectados en el río Mameyes, Puerto Rico (Antillas Mayores. Se observaron daños por depredación de aves y camarones, y signos de erosión por la acción del raspado de la rádula por parte de otros individuos de la misma especie. La depredación fue aparentemente baja (Predator damage and shell size on the diadromous snail Neritina virginea (Gastropoda: Neritidae in the Mameyes River, Puerto Rico. We compared predators’ damage with shell size in live individuals and empty shells (n=5066 of the snail Neritina virginea in the Mameyes River (Puerto Rico, Greater Antilles. According to the literature and direct observations, damages on empty shells were attributed to predation by aquatic birds (e.g. Gallinula chloropus and decapods (e.g. Macrobrachium spp., while damages on live individuals were due to rasping by co-specifics and erosion. Predation by decapods and birds, as estimated by the proportion of empty shells, was low (2 and 0.36%, respectively. Shell size was significantly different between types of predators (range: decapods: 3.5-15.0mm, birds: 8.1-19.4mm. By comparing sizes of the empty shells and the live individuals, we concluded that decapods specialize on large groups of small migratory juveniles, while birds specialize on the largest resident individuals. Worn shells were highly frequent in both empty shells and live individuals, and sizes did not differ between samples. A comparison by slow-flow and fast-flow habitats showed that predators do not discriminate shell sizes between environments. However, the frequency of damage by birds and decapods was greater under slow-flow conditions. Despite of the little contribution of predation to the population dynamics in this species, predation might be an important driver of size-dependent behavioral responses such as upstream migration and microhabitat selection. Rev. Biol. Trop. 57 (4: 1069-1080. Epub 2009 December 01.

  6. Daños por depredación y tamaño de concha del caracol diádromo Neritina virginea (Gastropoda: Neritidae) en el Río Mameyes, Puerto Rico

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    Juan Felipe, Blanco-Libreros; Andrea, Arroyave-Rincón.

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    Full Text Available Se compararon las abundancias y tamaños de conchas del gasterópodo Neritina virginea de acuerdo a los daños presentados en especimenes vivos y muertos (n= 5066) recolectados en el río Mameyes, Puerto Rico (Antillas Mayores). Se observaron daños por depredación de aves y camarones, y signos de erosió [...] n por la acción del raspado de la rádula por parte de otros individuos de la misma especie. La depredación fue aparentemente baja ( Abstract in english Predator damage and shell size on the diadromous snail Neritina virginea (Gastropoda: Neritidae) in the Mameyes River, Puerto Rico. We compared predators’ damage with shell size in live individuals and empty shells (n=5066) of the snail Neritina virginea in the Mameyes River (Puerto Rico, Greater An [...] tilles). According to the literature and direct observations, damages on empty shells were attributed to predation by aquatic birds (e.g. Gallinula chloropus) and decapods (e.g. Macrobrachium spp.), while damages on live individuals were due to rasping by co-specifics and erosion. Predation by decapods and birds, as estimated by the proportion of empty shells, was low (2 and 0.36%, respectively). Shell size was significantly different between types of predators (range: decapods: 3.5-15.0mm, birds: 8.1-19.4mm). By comparing sizes of the empty shells and the live individuals, we concluded that decapods specialize on large groups of small migratory juveniles, while birds specialize on the largest resident individuals. Worn shells were highly frequent in both empty shells and live individuals, and sizes did not differ between samples. A comparison by slow-flow and fast-flow habitats showed that predators do not discriminate shell sizes between environments. However, the frequency of damage by birds and decapods was greater under slow-flow conditions. Despite of the little contribution of predation to the population dynamics in this species, predation might be an important driver of size-dependent behavioral responses such as upstream migration and microhabitat selection. Rev. Biol. Trop. 57 (4): 1069-1080. Epub 2009 December 01.

  7. Tanatocenózy m?kkýš? v archeologických objektech knovízské kultury v Kn?ževsi u Prahy.

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    Vol. 1. Praha : Ústav archeologické památkové pé?e st?edních ?ech, 2011 - (Smejtek, L.), s. 449-463 ISBN 978-80-86756-15-8 R&D Projects: GA AV ?R IAAX00020701 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z3013912 Keywords : Mollusca * Gastropoda * Bivalvia * thanatocoenoses * palaeoenvironmental reconstruction Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  8. A preliminary study of iron isotope fractionation in marine invertebrates (chitons, Mollusca) in near-shore environments

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    Emmanuel, S.; Schuessler, J. A.; Vinther, J.; Matthews, A.; von Blanckenburg, F.

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    Chitons (Mollusca) are marine invertebrates that produce radulae (teeth or rasping tongues) containing high concentrations of biomineralized magnetite and other iron-bearing minerals. As Fe isotope signatures are influenced by redox processes and biological fractionation, Fe isotopes in chiton radulae might be expected to provide an effective tracer of ambient oceanic conditions and biogeochemical cycling. Here, in a pilot study to measure Fe isotopes in marine invertebrates, we examine Fe isotopes in modern marine chiton radulae collected from different locations in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to assess the range of isotopic values, and to test whether or not the isotopic signatures reflect seawater values. Values of ?56Fe (relative to IRMM-014) in chiton teeth range from -1.90 to 0.00 ‰ (±0.05‰ (2?) uncertainty in ?56Fe), probably reflecting a combination of geographical control and biological fractionation processes. Comparison with published local surface seawater Fe isotope data shows a consistent negative offset of chiton teeth Fe isotope compositions relative to seawater. Strikingly, two different species from the same locality in the North Pacific (Puget Sound, Washington, USA) have distinct isotopic signatures. Tonicella lineata, which feeds on red algae in the sublittoral zone, has a mean ?56Fe of -0.65 ± 0.26‰ (2?, 3 specimens), while Mopalia muscosa, which feeds on both green and red algae in the eulittoral zone, shows lighter isotopic values with a mean ?56Fe of -1.47 ± 0.98‰ (2?, 5 specimens). Three possible pathways are proposed to account for the different isotopic signatures: (i) physiologically controlled processes within the chitons that lead to species-dependent fractionation; (ii) diet-controlled variability due to different Fe isotope fractionation in the red and green algal food sources; and (iii) environmentally controlled fractionation that causes variation in the isotopic signatures of bioavailable Fe in the different tidal regions. Our preliminary results suggest that while chitons are not simple recorders of the ambient seawater Fe isotopic signature, Fe isotopes provide valuable information concerning Fe biogeochemical cycling in near-shore environments, and may potentially be used to probe sources of Fe recorded in different organisms.

  9. Reproducción, dieta y pesquería del pulpo Octopus (Octopus hubbsorum (Mollusca: Cephalopoda en la costa de Oaxaca, México

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    Maria del Carmen Alejo-Plata

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Se analizan algunos aspectos de la biología y pesquería de Octopus hubbsorum capturado por pesca artesanal en Puerto Ángel, Oaxaca, México. Las muestras se obtuvieron de enero 2002 a noviembre 2003 con una periodicidad quincenal. A cada uno de los organismos se les registró la longitud dorsal del manto (LDM, peso total, sexo y estado de madurez gonádica. Asímismo se obtuvo el Índice Gonadosomático (IGS. Para el análisis del contenido estomacal se utilizaron los índices de frecuencia de presencia y vaciado. Se analizaron 352 organismos, con un intervalo de tallas de 4 a 19 cm LDM; la proporción de sexos fue diferente de 1 (.2= 24.2, pReproduction, diet and fishery of Octopus (Octopus hubbsorum (Mollusca: Cephalopoda in the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. The octopus Octopus hubbsorum (Berry 1953 ranges widely and is important for the artisanal fishery in Puerto Angel, Oaxaca, Mexico. Samples were taken approximately at every two weeks from January 2002 to November 2003. All organisms were measured for dorsal mantle length (DLM and total weight; sex and maturity gonadic stage were registered. For the stomach content analysis, frequency of occurrence and emptying indexes were used. The 352 organisms caught ranged from 4 to 18 cm in DLM; the sex ratio was different from 1 (X² = 24.2, p<0.05 throughout the year. The maximum values of the GSI appeared in May (4.1917 for females; 1.2675 in males. LDM for first sexual maturity (LDM50% was 16 cm (females and 14 cm (males. Octopus hubbsorum moves from deep waters to the coast, probably in search of better conditions, and lays masses of eggs on rocky substrata. They are fished from March to October, with higher intensity in April and May. Fishing effort was related to the oceanographic characteristics and the atmospheric conditions of the area. From April to September the CPUE monthly mean was 20-10 kg/divers/day. Using the CPUE and environmental condition relationship, the estimated adequate superficial temperature for fishing is 29.5 °C. Rev. Biol. Trop. 57 (1-2: 63-78. Epub 2009 June 30.

  10. Present status of the endangered limpet Cymbula nigra (Gastropoda, Patellidae in Ceuta: how do substrate heterogeneity and area accessibility affect population structure?

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    Rivera–Ingraham, G. A.

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    Full Text Available Cymbula nigra (Gastropoda, Patellidae is a threatened giant patellid limpet found on the North African coast from Namibia to Algeria. The objective of this study was to estimate the total number of individuals present in Ceuta (Strait of Gibraltar and to determine the effect of certain physical parameters on population structure and abundance. Between 2006 and 2010 we conducted an exhaustive census in the area. Results indicate that Ceuta could be home to 48,473 individuals. The most important populations were recorded on the North Bay, characterized by its Atlantic influence. While for other similar species, such as Patella ferruginea, human accessibility to the area plays an important role in determining the structure of populations, we found that substrate roughness (small scale topographic heterogeneity is the main determining factor in this species. Populations located on medium to low topographic heterogeneity substrates showed higher percentages of medium and large size individuals. However, recruitment rates did not differ between substrata of different roughness. Finally, and through the analysis of the C. nigra populations located on some recently constructed jetties, we obtained interesting new data regarding individual growth rates, thus contributing to our knowledge of the population structure of the species.

  11. Relationship between anti-oxidant capacity and manganese accumulation in the soft tissues of two freshwater molluscs: Unio pictorum mancus (Lamellibranchia, Unionidae and Viviparus ater (Gastropoda, Prosobranchia

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    Oscar RAVERA

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    Full Text Available Manganese is an element of great importance in the life cycle of plants and animals. For example, it plays an essential role as an activator of various enzymatic systems such as isoenzymes of superoxide dismutase. Freshwater Unionidae concentrate relatively large amounts of manganese in their tissues, but little is known about the physiological role of this metal. The aim of this research is to acquire a better knowledge of the role of manganese in molluscs which accumulate large amounts of this metal and in those with low manganese concentrations. As manganese is one of the metals present in the superoxide molecule, the possible relationship between manganese concentration in the soft tissues of molluscs and the antioxidant capacity of the metal can usefully be tested. To this end two species of molluscs were analysed: Unio pictorum mancus (Lamellibranchia, Unionidae, which is very rich in manganese, and Viviparus ater (Gastropoda, Prosobranchia which has a low manganese content. The adults of both species were analysed for manganese concentration by ICP, and for antioxidant capacity as RAC (Relative Antioxidant Capacity by a superoxide dismutase method. The results clearly demonstrate the active role played by manganese against free radicals and consequently the important role of the metal in protecting Unio against oxidative stress. The low concentration of manganese in Viviparus may be the result of the effective excretion of this metal, as was found for ruthenium.

  12. An integrative taxonomic investigation of the diversity of digenean parasites infecting the intertidal snail Austrolittorina unifasciata Gray, 1826 (Gastropoda: Littorinidae) in Australia.

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    O'Dwyer, Katie; Faltýnková, Anna; Georgieva, Simona; Kostadinova, Aneta

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    We investigated for the first time the digenean parasites of Austrolittorina unifasciata Gray (Gastropoda: Littorinidae), a periwinkle snail inhabiting the rocky shores of Australia. Here we present detailed morphological descriptions and molecular data (sequences for the mitochondrial cox1 and the nuclear 28S rRNA gene) for the cercariae and intramolluscan stages of the digenean parasites found. Five species, one each of the families Notocotylidae Lühe, 1909, Gorgocephalidae Manter, 1966 and Philophthalmidae Looss, 1899, and two of the family Renicolidae Dollfus, 1939, were recorded and characterised molecularly. Phylogenetic analyses at the superfamily level provided evidence for the familial and generic affiliation of the species and their relationships with congeners. This study is the first to provide data on the life cycle of a species of the family Gorgocephalidae, a parasite of kyphosid fish for which only adult stages had, thus far, been described. The relatively high prevalence of this species allowed mapping of the cox1 haplotype distribution of Gorgocephalus sp. Aus along the southern coast of New South Wales. PMID:25866083

  13. [The results of a study of the species composition of fish parasites in the river basins of northeastern European Russia. Leeches (Hirudinea), mollusks (Mollusca), crayfish (Crustacea) and arachnids (Arachnida)].

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    Dorovskikh, G N

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    The report contains the results of faunistic study of parasitic Hirudinea, Mollusca, Crustacea and Arachnida occurring on fishes in the region of the S. Dvina, Mezen' and Pechora river basins. The parasite fauna in the first basin is represented by 3 species of leeches, 4 species of molluscs, 13 species of crustaceans and 1 species of water mites, in the second basin--4, 1, 11, 0; in the third basin--2, 7, 7, 1 species respectively. Total number of parasites in the region investigated: 4 leech species, 5 molluscs species, 16 crustacean species and 1 water mite species. PMID:10862405

  14. Mollusks (Gastropoda and Bivalvia) of the Multiple-Use Reserve Martín García Island, Río de la Plata River: biodiversity and ecology.

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    César, I I; Martín, S M; Rumi, A; Tassara, M

    2012-02-01

    The Island of Martin Garcia is located in the Upper Río de la Plata, to the south of mouth the Uruguay River. The aim of the present study was to analyse the biodiversity of the island freshwater mollusks and their relationships to environmental variables. Twelve sampling sites were selected, five were along the littoral section of the island and seven were Inland ponds. Seven major environmental variables were measured: water and air temperature, percentage of oxygen saturation, dissolved oxygen, electrical conductivity, total dissolved solids and pH. Twenty-seven mollusk species were found, Antillorbis nordestensis, Biomphalaria tenagophila tenagophila , B. t. guaibensis, B. straminea, B. peregrina, Drepanotrema kermatoides, D. cimex, D. depressissimum, Chilina fluminea, C. rushii, C. megastoma, Uncancylus concentricus, Hebetancylus moricandi, Stenophysa marmorata, Heleobia piscium, H. parchappii, Potamolithus agapetus, P. buschii, P. lapidum, Pomacea canaliculata, P. megastoma, Asolene platae, Corbicula fluminea, Eupera platensis, Pisidium sterkianum, P. taraguyense and Limnoperna fortunei. UPGMA clustering of species based on their occurrence in different ecological conditions revealed two main species groups. The Canonical Correspondence Analysis suggests that the species distribution is related to the physico-chemical condition of water. Axis two of the ordination diagram displayed the approximately 95.6% of the correlation between species and environmental variables. Dissolved oxygen, conductivity, water temperature and pH showed the highest fluctuations during the sampling period. The species richness (S) showed relationships mainly with water temperature and conductivity. The biodiversity of the gastropods and bivalves from Martín García Island amounts to up to 26 species. Among the Gastropoda, the Planorbidae family made the most sizeable contribution. The Lithogliphidae P. agapetus (26.28%) and P. buschii (9.50%) showed the highest relative frequencies of occurrence within the littoral environments, while the Planorbidae D. cimex (23.83%) and D. kermatoides (11.59%) likewise did so in the inland ponds. PMID:22437392

  15. Mollusks (Gastropoda and Bivalvia of the Multiple-Use Reserve Martín García Island, Río de la Plata River: biodiversity and ecology Moluscos (Gastropoda e Bivalvia da Reserva Natural de Usos Múltiplos Ilha Martín García, Rio de La Plata: biodiversidade e ecologia

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The Island of Martin Garcia is located in the Upper Río de la Plata, to the south of mouth the Uruguay River. The aim of the present study was to analyse the biodiversity of the island freshwater mollusks and their relationships to environmental variables. Twelve sampling sites were selected, five were along the littoral section of the island and seven were Inland ponds. Seven major environmental variables were measured: water and air temperature, percentage of oxygen saturation, dissolved oxygen, electrical conductivity, total dissolved solids and pH. Twenty-seven mollusk species were found, Antillorbis nordestensis, Biomphalaria tenagophila tenagophila , B. t. guaibensis, B. straminea, B. peregrina, Drepanotrema kermatoides, D. cimex, D. depressissimum, Chilina fluminea, C. rushii, C. megastoma, Uncancylus concentricus, Hebetancylus moricandi, Stenophysa marmorata, Heleobia piscium, H. parchappii, Potamolithus agapetus, P. buschii, P. lapidum, Pomacea canaliculata, P. megastoma, Asolene platae, Corbicula fluminea, Eupera platensis, Pisidium sterkianum, P. taraguyense and Limnoperna fortunei. UPGMA clustering of species based on their occurrence in different ecological conditions revealed two main species groups. The Canonical Correspondence Analysis suggests that the species distribution is related to the physico-chemical condition of water. Axis two of the ordination diagram displayed the approximately 95.6% of the correlation between species and environmental variables. Dissolved oxygen, conductivity, water temperature and pH showed the highest fluctuations during the sampling period. The species richness (S showed relationships mainly with water temperature and conductivity. The biodiversity of the gastropods and bivalves from Martín García Island amounts to up to 26 species. Among the Gastropoda, the Planorbidae family made the most sizeable contribution. The Lithogliphidae P. agapetus (26.28% and P. buschii (9.50% showed the highest relative frequencies of occurrence within the littoral environments, while the Planorbidae D. cimex (23.83% and D. kermatoides (11.59% likewise did so in the inland ponds.A Ilha de Martín García está localizada na parte alta do Rio de la Plata, ao sul da desembocadura do Rio Uruguay. Este estudo tem como objetivo analisar a biodiversidade dos moluscos de água doce da ilha e sua relação com variáveis ambientais. Doze pontos de amostragem foram selecionados: cinco foram ao longo da seção litoral da ilha e sete em lagunas interiores. Sete variáveis ambientais foram medidas: temperatura da água e do ar, porcentagem de saturação de oxigênio, oxigênio dissolvido, condutividade elétrica, sólidos totais dissolvidos e pH. Vinte e seis espécies de moluscos foram encontrados: Antillorbis nordestensis, Drepanotrema kermatoides, D. cimex, D. depressissimum, Biomphalaria tenagophila tenagophila, B. t. guaibensis, B. straminea, B. peregrina, Chilina fluminea, C. rushii, C. megastoma, Uncancylus concentricus, Hebetancylus moricandi, Stenophysa marmorata, Heleobia piscium, H. parchappii, Potamolithus agapetus, P. buschii, P. lapidum, Pomacea canaliculata, P. megastoma, Asolene platae, Corbicula fluminea, Eupera platensis, Pisidium sterkianum, P. taraguyense e Limnoperna fortunei. A análise de agrupamento das espécies com base em sua ocorrência em diferentes condições ecológicas revelou dois grupos principais de espécies. A Análise de Correspondência Canônica sugere que a distribuição das espécies é relacionada com a condição físico-química da água. No eixo dois do diagrama de ordenação apresentado, há cerca de 96% de correlação entre as espécies e as variáveis ambientais. O oxigênio dissolvido, a condutividade, a temperatura da água e pH apresentaram as maiores oscilações durante o período de amostragem. A riqueza de espécies (S apresentou relações principalmente com a temperatura da água e a condutividade. A biodiversidade de gastrópodes e bivalves da Ilha Martín García é de 26 espécies. Entre os Gastropoda, a família Pl

  16. Effects of CO-60 gamma radiation on the embryonary development of Biomphalaria Glabrata (Say, 1818)

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    Some aspects of the effects of the ionizing radiation on the embryo and on the genetical material of Biomphalaria glabrata (Mollusca: Gastropoda) are presented. The embryos weresubmitted at various stages of development to doses of 5,10,15,20 and 25 Gy of Co-60 gamma radiation. As a criteia of evaluation of the embryos radiosensitivity, four biological parameters were used: mortality, malformation, hatching and chromossomal aberrations. (M.A.C.)

  17. Benthic Macro Invertebrate abundance and its correlations with Physico-chemical Parameters from Kunda river, Khargone (M.P.), India

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    Shailendra Sharma; Sudha Dubey, Rajendra Chaurasia

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    The Benthic macro-invertebrate fauna and physico-chemical parameters in Kunda river was studied for a period of one year. A total of Fourty two (42) species of benthic macro-invertebrates fauna belonging three (3) phyla (Annelida, Arthropoda and Mollusca), five (5) classes (Oligochaeta, Crustacea, Hexapoda, Gastropoda, Pelecypoda) and five (5) families (Baetidae, Caenoidae, Ephemeridae, Heptagenidae, and Chironomidae) were found in the Kunda river during the study. Molluscs and Arthropods spe...

  18. Tolerance to air exposure of the New Zealand mudsnail Potamopyrgus antipodarum (Hydrobiidae, Mollusca as a prerequisite to survival in overland translocations

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    Alvaro Alonso

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    Full Text Available Spreading throughout a new ecosystem is the last step of an exotic species to become invasive. In the case of invasive aquatic molluscs, tolerance to air exposure is one of the main mechanisms allowing overland translocation and spreading. The mudsnail Potamopyrgus antipodarum (Hydrobiidae, Mollusca is native to New Zealand but it has spread worldwide, invading ecosystems in Europe, Australia, America and Asia. The aim of our study is to assess mudsnail tolerance to air exposure, which may contribute to the successful overland translocation of this species. We conducted a laboratory experiment with four levels of air exposure (9, 18, 24 and 36 hours in a controlled climatic chamber. Snails were placed for 60 seconds in a laboratory paper filter to remove surface snail water. Then they were placed back in empty vessels during the four periods of air exposure, except the control group, which was immediately returned to water. At the end of each period of air exposure all vessels were filled with water and the cumulative mortality was monitored after 24, 96, 168 and 264 hours of rehydration. The calculated Lethal Times (i.e. the time of air exposure (in hours necessary to cause the death of 50% (LT50 or 99% (LT99 of the population and their 95% confidence limits at 24, 96, 168 and 264 hours were 28.1 (25.2–31.9, 26.9 (24.2–30.1, 25.9 (23.4–28.9 and 25.9 (23.4–28.9 hours, respectively for LT50, and 49.6 (42.7–63.3, 45.6 (39.9–56.5, 43.2 (38.0–53.0 and 43.2 (38.0–53.0 hours, respectively for LT99. Therefore an air exposure time over 43 hours caused the death of all studied individuals during all monitoring periods. Extending the monitoring period beyond 24 hours did not significantly change lethal times. Therefore, we recommend exposing fishing tools or boats at open air during at least 53 hours as a low cost measure to control mudsnail spread in early stages of invasion.

  19. Elementos traza detectados por plasma inductivamente acoplado (ICP) en pepitonas, Arca zebra (Mollusca, Arcidae) de dos localidades costeras del estado Sucre, Venezuela / Trace elements detected by Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) in Turkey wing, Arca zebra (Mollusca, Arcidae) from two coastal locations of Sucre State, Venezuela

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    Vilma, Lanza; Ildemaro, Martínez; Osmicar, Vallenilla; Julia, Márquez; Arquímedes, González; Jesús, Gamboa; José, Alió.

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    Full Text Available Los metales pesados juegan un papel importante en la dinámica de los procesos químicos y ambientales en las zonas costeras. Estos provienen de aportes naturales y antropogénicos y pueden ser bioacumulados en organismos acuáticos, en los que se encuentran como elementos traza, y tienen potenciales ef [...] ectos tóxicos a quienes los consuman, principalmente al hombre como último eslabón de la cadena alimenticia. La gravedad del daño depende del grado y el tiempo de exposición a dichos elementos. Se determinó la concentración de metales pesados (Mg, Cu, Mn, Mo, Ni y Fe) por Plasma Inductivamente Acoplado (ICP) en la pepitona, Arca zebra (Mollusca, Bivalvia, Arcidae), provenientes de las inmediaciones de Caimancito y Chacopata (municipio Cruz Salmerón Acosta, estado Sucre, Venezuela). En Caimancito, las mayores concentraciones de casi todos los metales se detectaron en septiembre, a excepción del Mg que fue observada en febrero. En Chacopata, las concentraciones más elevadas se observaron en el mes de octubre (Mg, Mn y Ni), septiembre (Cu), diciembre (Fe) y en enero (Mo). No se encontraron diferencias significativas entre las localidades, mientras que existen diferencias significativas entre meses. Al momento no existen normas o regulaciones venezolanas que establezcan límites máximos de concentración de los metales analizados en moluscos bivalvos procesados o frescos, que permitan establecer comparaciones con los resultados obtenidos. Sin embargo, en base a normas internacionales, las concentraciones medidas de metales pesados en pepitonas no rebasaron los límites permitidos para consumo humano. Abstract in english Heavy metals play an important role in the dynamics of chemical and environmental processes in the coastal zones. They originate from natural and anthropogenic sources and can be bioaccumulated in aquatic organisms, where they are found as trace elements, and have potential toxic effects to those wh [...] o consume them, mainly to humans as the last link in the food chain. The severity of damage depends on the degree and time of exposure to these elements. The concentration of heavy metals (Mg, Cu, Mn, Mo, Ni and Fe) was estimated by Inductivelly Coupled Plasma (ICP) in the Turkey wing, Arca zebra (Mollusca, Bivalvia, Arcidae), from the vicinity to Caimancito and Chacopata (Municipality Cruz Salmerón Acosta, Sucre state, Venezuela). In Caimancito, higher concentrations of almost all metals were detected in September, except for Mg which was registered in February. In Chacopata, the highest concentrations were observed in October (Mg, Mn and Ni), September (Cu), December (Fe) and January (Mo). No significant differences were found between localities, while there were significant differences among months. At present there are not Venezuelan norms or regulations establishing the maximum concentration limits for the analyzed heavy metals in fresh or processed bivalve mollusks, which may enable comparisons with the obtained results. However, based upon international norms, the measured concentrations of heavy metals in Turkey wing apparently do not represent a threat for human consumption.

  20. Sucesión temprana de la taxocenosis Mollusca-Annelida-Crustacea en raíces sumergidas de mangle rojo en San Andrés Isla, Caribe colombiano / Early succession of the taxocenosis Mollusca-Annelida-Crustacea on red mangrove submerged roots in San Andres Island, Colombian Caribbean

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    Patricia E, Romero-Murillo; Jaime, Polanía.

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    Full Text Available Se analizó la sucesión temprana de los taxa Annelida, Mollusca y Crustacea asociados a las raíces sumergidas de Rhizophora mangle (mangle rojo), empleando ramas del mismo como sustrato artificial (unidades experimentales). El análisis se relacionó con algunas variables físico-químicas y ambientales [...] durante 188 días en San Andrés Isla, entre noviembre 2002 y mayo 2003, en tres estaciones de dos bahías, Hooker y Honda. Se identificaron 34.175 individuos en 130 unidades experimentales, los anélidos mostraron la mayor proporción (77,1%). Se generó un análisis de ordenación y clasificación (dendrograma y un escalamiento multidimensional no métrico-NMDS) para cada uno de los tres taxa estudiados. Los análisis revelaron débil similaridad entre la parte interna de Bahía Hooker y las estaciones restantes. Se calcularon los índices de diversidad de Shannon-Wiener, uniformidad de Pielou, riqueza de Margalef y predominio de Simpson a lo largo del estudio; los tres primeros presentaron mayores valores en Bahía Hooker que en Honda, mientras que el índice de predominio fue mayor en Bahía Honda. Hubo organismos pioneros como el anélido Spirorbis sp. y transitorios como los crustáceos; los moluscos parecieron necesitar periodos más prolongados para asentarse. Estas respuestas revelan que características geomorfológicas, presencia o ausencia de corrientes de agua dulce, mareas y lluvias, principalmente, y factores antrópicos pueden influir en el desarrollo de estas comunidades. Dispersión larval y proximidad con otros ecosistemas aumentan o disminuyen las poblaciones; sólo algunos organismos adaptados a condiciones extremas se establecen y mantienen en el área. Bajo condiciones favorables, la abundancia y diversidad de especies tienden a aumentar Abstract in english The early succession of the taxa Annelida, Mollusca and Crustacea on Rhizophora mangle (red mangrove) submerged roots was analyzed using old branches as ground (which were the experimental units) in San Andres Island. The analysis was related to some physico-chemical and environmental variables duri [...] ng 188 days, between November/2002 and May/2003, in Hooker and Honda bays. A total of 34,175 individuals in 130 experimental units were counted, where the annelids represented the largest proportion (77.1%) from the whole sample. A dendrogram and a nonmetric multidimensional scaling (NMDS) were constructed for each one of the three studied taxa. The analyses showed a weak similarity between the internal part of the Hooker Bay and the remaining stations. Shannon-Wiener diversity, Pielou evenness, Margalef richness and Simpson predominance indexes were calculated throughout the study; the three first indices showed greater values in Hooker Bay than in Honda Bay, while the predominance index was greater in Bay Honda. There were pioneers organisms such as Spirorbis sp., and transient ones, such as crustaceans, whilst molluscs seemed to need longer periods to settle in. These responses reveal that geomorphological characteristics, presence or absence of freshwater currents, tides and rainfall mainly, as well as anthropic factors can influence the development of these communities. Larval dispersion and the proximity to other ecosystems increase or reduce the populations, and only some organisms, adapted to extreme conditions, settle down and maintain in the area. Under favorable conditions, abundance and species diversity tend to increase

  1. Variabilidad temporal de la abundancia de Coralliophila abbreviata y Coralliophila caribaea (Mollusca, Coralliophilidae) en un arrecife coralino del Parque Nacional Morrocoy, Venezuela

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    Carlos, del Mónaco; Estrella, Villamizar; Samuel, Narciso.

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    Full Text Available C. abbreviata y C. caribaea son moluscos coralívoros del Mar Caribe. Evaluamos la variabilidad temporal de la abundancia y los cambios en la estructura de talla de C. abbreviata y C. caribaea en Cayo Sombrero, Venezuela (septiembre 2004-agosto 2005). Se colocaron transectas fijas de 50 metros de lon [...] gitud a profundidades de tres y seis metros cada una, paralelas a la costa. Se evaluó mensualmente durante un año la densidad de ambos depredadores y se seleccionaron 30 individuos de C. abbreviata para medirlos cada mes. Las densidades de C. abbreviata en la transecta somera fluctuaron entre 1.78 ind/m² en septiembre y 6.26 ind/m² en mayo; las densidades de C. abbreviata en la transecta profunda estuvieron comprendidas entre 4.23 ind/m² en enero y 7.66 ind/m² en mayo. Las densidades de C. caribaea fluctuaron en la transecta somera entre 0 ind/m² (todos los meses menos septiembre) y 0.03 ind/m² (septiembre) mientras que la transecta profunda fluctuó entre 0 ind/m² (octubre a marzo y julio) y 0.1 ind/m² (abril). La mayoría de los individuos de C. abbreviata midieron entre 12 y 16 mm de longitud. El largo de la mayoría de los individuos de C. caribaea estuvo comprendido entre 10 y 15 mm. Abstract in english Temporary abundance variation of Coralliophila abbreviata and Coralliophila caribaea (Mollusca, Coralliophilidae) in a coral reef at Morrocoy National Park. The mollusks Coralliophila abbreviata and C. caribaea are coral predators in the Caribbean Sea . We evaluated the temporal variability of abund [...] ance and size structure of C. abbreviata and C. caribaea in Cayo Sombrero, Morrocoy National Park, Venezuelar (September 2004 - August 2005). The density of C. abbreviata and C. caribaea was evaluated monthly by means of two 50- meter long transects paralell to the coast line, at 3 m and 6 m deep; aditionally, 30 individuals of C. abbreviata were collected to measure size. The densities of C. abbreviata at the shallow transect fluctuated between 1.78 ind/m² in September and 6.26 ind/m² in May. The densities at the deep transect fluctuated between 4.23 ind/m² in January and 7.66 ind/m² in May. The densities of C. caribaea at the shallow transect fluctuated between 0 ind/m2 (except in September) and 0.03 ind/m² (September) and the densities at the deep transect fluctuated between 0 ind/m² (October to March and July) and 0.1 ind/m² (April). Most individuals of C. abbreviata and C. caribaea measured between 12 and 16 mm and between 10 and 15 mm long respectively. Rev. Biol. Trop. 56 (2): 501-511. Epub 2008 June 30.

  2. Marine mollusca of oxygen isotope stages of the last 2 million years in New Zealand. Part 1, Revised generic positions and recognition of warm-water and cool-water migrants

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    Warm-water molluscs were transported to Wanganui Basin from the northeastern North Island during Pleistocene time as planktotrophic larvae. This is not possible at present, so their occurrence in Wanganui Basin correlates with breaches of the Auckland isthmus during high sea levels. The end of Nukumaruan time is clearly defined by the extinction of 29 genera of molluscs (most only locally) during this stage, including 15 at the end. The extinction likely was caused by the initial closure of the Auckland isthmus. Migrants to Wanganui from the northeastern North Island indicate that breaches of the isthmus during interglacials commenced in oxygen isotope stage (OIS) 25, just before the mid-Pleistocene transition (MPT). Appearances of taxa from Australia at Wanganui during OIS 17-9 therefore indicate that warm-water taxa were transported to New Zealand during interglacial maxima after the MPT. The migrants provide the first molluscan biostratigraphy at the OIS scale. The Castlecliffian/Nukumaruan boundary, at the base of Ototoka tephra at Ototoka Beach, Wanganui, falls within OIS 57, with an age of c. 1.63 Ma. It is also dated at 1.63 Ma by the position with respect to the geomagnetic polarity time-scale of three chemically indistinguishable tephra in ODP core 1123. This paper presents the first results of a reassessment of the taxonomy and time ranges of the fossil marine molluscan fauna that occupied New Zealand during the last 2 m.y. (latest Pliocene-Holocene). Time r 2 m.y. (latest Pliocene-Holocene). Time ranges are compiled in oxygen isotope stages rather than in the traditional 'local' (or regional) stages in use in New Zealand. This should provide precision in time ranges of the order of 40,000-100,000 yr, rather than the 0.34-1.3 m.y. duration of New Zealand local stages of the latest Neogene (Nukumaruan, Castlecliffian, and Haweran Stages). The reassessment is aimed also, though, at providing evidence from Mollusca of climate change over this period. Much useful information on paleoclimates can be derived from Mollusca by comparison with the living tropical to warm-temperate fauna of the nearby Southwest Pacific and, in particular, of southeastern Australia. This project has shown that a number of supposedly restricted New Zealand taxa actually are much more widespread genera or species that extended their ranges to New Zealand either during part of Pliocene time or during warm interglacial periods of the Pleistocene. The more obvious of these are recorded and discussed here, particularly where they result in new generic assignments, or are species newly recognised as being in common with Australia and the tropical Pacific. (author). 591 refs; 26 figs

  3. Mollusks (Gastropoda and Bivalvia) of the Multiple-Use Reserve Martín García Island, Río de la Plata River: biodiversity and ecology / Moluscos (Gastropoda e Bivalvia) da Reserva Natural de Usos Múltiplos Ilha Martín García, Rio de La Plata: biodiversidade e ecologia

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    II, César; SM, Martín; A, Rumi; M, Tassara.

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available A Ilha de Martín García está localizada na parte alta do Rio de la Plata, ao sul da desembocadura do Rio Uruguay. Este estudo tem como objetivo analisar a biodiversidade dos moluscos de água doce da ilha e sua relação com variáveis ambientais. Doze pontos de amostragem foram selecionados: cinco fora [...] m ao longo da seção litoral da ilha e sete em lagunas interiores. Sete variáveis ambientais foram medidas: temperatura da água e do ar, porcentagem de saturação de oxigênio, oxigênio dissolvido, condutividade elétrica, sólidos totais dissolvidos e pH. Vinte e seis espécies de moluscos foram encontrados: Antillorbis nordestensis, Drepanotrema kermatoides, D. cimex, D. depressissimum, Biomphalaria tenagophila tenagophila, B. t. guaibensis, B. straminea, B. peregrina, Chilina fluminea, C. rushii, C. megastoma, Uncancylus concentricus, Hebetancylus moricandi, Stenophysa marmorata, Heleobia piscium, H. parchappii, Potamolithus agapetus, P. buschii, P. lapidum, Pomacea canaliculata, P. megastoma, Asolene platae, Corbicula fluminea, Eupera platensis, Pisidium sterkianum, P. taraguyense e Limnoperna fortunei. A análise de agrupamento das espécies com base em sua ocorrência em diferentes condições ecológicas revelou dois grupos principais de espécies. A Análise de Correspondência Canônica sugere que a distribuição das espécies é relacionada com a condição físico-química da água. No eixo dois do diagrama de ordenação apresentado, há cerca de 96% de correlação entre as espécies e as variáveis ambientais. O oxigênio dissolvido, a condutividade, a temperatura da água e pH apresentaram as maiores oscilações durante o período de amostragem. A riqueza de espécies (S) apresentou relações principalmente com a temperatura da água e a condutividade. A biodiversidade de gastrópodes e bivalves da Ilha Martín García é de 26 espécies. Entre os Gastropoda, a família Planorbidae exibe a contribuição mais importante. O Lithogliphidae P. agapetus. (26,28%) e P. buschii (9,50%) apresentaram as maiores frequências relativas de ocorrência dentro dos ambientes costeiros, enquanto o Planorbidae D. cimex (23,83%) e D. kermatoides (11,59%) também apresentaram frequências expressivas nas lagunas interiores. Abstract in english The Island of Martin Garcia is located in the Upper Río de la Plata, to the south of mouth the Uruguay River. The aim of the present study was to analyse the biodiversity of the island freshwater mollusks and their relationships to environmental variables. Twelve sampling sites were selected, five w [...] ere along the littoral section of the island and seven were Inland ponds. Seven major environmental variables were measured: water and air temperature, percentage of oxygen saturation, dissolved oxygen, electrical conductivity, total dissolved solids and pH. Twenty-seven mollusk species were found, Antillorbis nordestensis, Biomphalaria tenagophila tenagophila , B. t. guaibensis, B. straminea, B. peregrina, Drepanotrema kermatoides, D. cimex, D. depressissimum, Chilina fluminea, C. rushii, C. megastoma, Uncancylus concentricus, Hebetancylus moricandi, Stenophysa marmorata, Heleobia piscium, H. parchappii, Potamolithus agapetus, P. buschii, P. lapidum, Pomacea canaliculata, P. megastoma, Asolene platae, Corbicula fluminea, Eupera platensis, Pisidium sterkianum, P. taraguyense and Limnoperna fortunei. UPGMA clustering of species based on their occurrence in different ecological conditions revealed two main species groups. The Canonical Correspondence Analysis suggests that the species distribution is related to the physico-chemical condition of water. Axis two of the ordination diagram displayed the approximately 95.6% of the correlation between species and environmental variables. Dissolved oxygen, conductivity, water temperature and pH showed the highest fluctuations during the sampling period. The species richness (S) showed relationships mainly with water temperature and conductivity. The biodiversity of the gastropods and bivalves from Martín

  4. Phylogenetic analysis of Thecosomata Blainville, 1824 (holoplanktonic opisthobranchia) using morphological and molecular data.

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    Corse, Emmanuel; Rampal, Jeannine; Cuoc, Corinne; Pech, Nicolas; Perez, Yvan; Gilles, André

    2013-01-01

    Thecosomata is a marine zooplankton group, which played an important role in the carbonate cycle in oceans due to their shell composition. So far, there is important discrepancy between the previous morphological-based taxonomies, and subsequently the evolutionary history of Thecosomata. In this study, the remarkable planktonic sampling of TARA Oceans expedition associated with a set of various other missions allowed us to assess the phylogenetic relationships of Thecosomata using morphological and molecular data (28 S and COI genes). The two gene trees showed incongruities (e.g. Hyalocylis, Cavolinia), and high congruence between morphological and 28S trees (e.g. monophyly of Euthecosomata). The monophyly of straight shell species led us to reviving the Orthoconcha, and the split of Limacinidae led us to the revival of Embolus inflata replacing Limacina inflata. The results also jeopardized the Euthecosomata families that are based on plesiomorphic character state as in the case for Creseidae which was not a monophyletic group. Divergence times were also estimated, and suggested that the evolutionary history of Thecosomata was characterized by four major diversifying events. By bringing the knowledge of palaeontology, we propose a new evolutionary scenario for which macro-evolution implying morphological innovations were rhythmed by climatic changes and associated species turn-over that spread from the Eocene to Miocene, and were shaped principally by predation and shell buoyancy. PMID:23593138

  5. Perfil de lípidos y ácidos grasos de Perna viridis, mejillón verde (Mollusca: Bivalvia en el oriente venezolano y la costa oeste de Trinidad

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    Tamar Koftayan

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    Full Text Available Los lípidos totales fueron extraídos, identificados y cuantificados por gravimetría, mediante TLC/FID (sistema Iatroscan. Los ácidos grasos de los lípidos totales, fosfolípidos y triacilgliceroles fueron identificados y cuantificados por cromatografía de gases. Las mayores concentraciones de lípidos totales se presentaron en las muestras de Los Cedros, La Brea y Chaguaramas con valores de 7.92, 7.74 y 7.53%; respectivamente y los valores mínimos en las de La Restinga (6.08%. En la composición lípidica, las muestras de Chacopata presentaron la menor concentración de fosfolípidos (48.86% y los máximos valores de colesterol (38.87% y triacilgliceroles (12.26%, y las muestras de La Esmeralda y Río Caribe exhibieron concentraciones máximas de fosfolípidos (88.71-84.93%, respectivamente y mínimas de colesterol (6.50-4.42%. En los lípidos totales, los ácidos grasos saturados se encontraron entre 15.04 y 65.55%, con máximos en muestras de La Esmeralda y mínimos en Chacopata y los poliinsaturados estuvieron entre 7.80 y 37.18%, con máximos valores en la Brea y mínimos en la Esmeralda. En los fosfolípidos, la concentración de ácidos grasos saturados estuvo entre 38.81 y 48.68% para las muestras de Chaguaramas y Chacopata, respectivamente; los ácidos grasos poliinsaturados se encontraron entre no detectado y 34.51%, con altas concentraciones en muestras de Los Cedros (27.97% y Chaguaramas (34.51%. En los triacilgliceroles, la composición de ácidos grasos saturados variaron entre 14.27 y 53.80%, con baja concentración en Chacopata y alta concentración en La Restinga; los ácidos grasos poliinsaturados estuvieron entre 4.66 y 35.55%, con valores menores en las muestras de Chacopata (4.66% y mayores en Chaguaramas. El consumo frecuente de Perna viridis es recomendable, debido a su alto contenido de fosfolípidos y ácidos grasos insaturados.Lipid and fatty acid profile of Perna viridis, Green Mussel (Mollusca: Bivalvia in different areas of the Eastern Venezuela and the West coast of Trinidad. The species Perna viridis is a highly consumed species, which fast growth makes it an interesting aquaculture alternative for Venezuelan and Trinidad coasts. With the aim to contribute with its nutritional value information, this study analyzed lipid and fatty acid contents from samples taken in five locations from Eastern Venezuela and three from Trinidad West Coast. Total lipids were extracted and quantified, from a pooled sample of 100 organisms per location, by standard gravimetric methods, and their identification and quantification was done by TLC/FID (Iatroscan system. Furthermore, the esterified fatty acids of total lipid, phospholipids and triacylglycerols were identified and quantified by gas chromatography. Eastern Venezuela samples from Los Cedros, La Brea and Chaguaramas showed the highest total lipid values of 7.92, 7.74 and 7.53, respectively, and the minimum values were obtained for La Restinga (6.08%. Among lipid composition, Chacopata samples showed the lowest phospholipid concentration (48.86% and the maximum values for cholesterol (38.87% and triacylglycerols (12.26%; besides, La Esmeralda and Rio Caribe samples exhibited maximum phospholipids (88.71 and 84.93 respectively and minimum cholesterol (6.50 and 4.42% concentrations. Saturated fatty acids represented between 15.04% and 65.55% within total lipid extracts, with maximum and minimum values for La Esmeralda and Chacopata, respectively. Polyunsaturated results resulted between 7.80 and 37.18%, with higher values in La Brea and lower values in La Esmeralda. For phospholipids, saturated fatty acids concentrations varied between 38.81 and 48.68% for Chaguaramas and Chacopata samples, respectively. In the case of polyunsaturated fatty acids, these varied between non detected and 34.51%, with high concentrations in Los Cedros (27.97% and Chaguaramas (34.51% samples. For the triacylglycerols, the saturated fatty acids composition oscillated between 14.27 and 53.80% with low concentrations for Chacopata and high concentration

  6. Perfil de lípidos y ácidos grasos de Perna viridis, mejillón verde (Mollusca: Bivalvia) en el oriente venezolano y la costa oeste de Trinidad

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    Tamar, Koftayan; Jahiro, Milano; Haydelba, D´Armas; Gabriel, Salazar.

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Los lípidos totales fueron extraídos, identificados y cuantificados por gravimetría, mediante TLC/FID (sistema Iatroscan). Los ácidos grasos de los lípidos totales, fosfolípidos y triacilgliceroles fueron identificados y cuantificados por cromatografía de gases. Las mayores concentraciones de lípido [...] s totales se presentaron en las muestras de Los Cedros, La Brea y Chaguaramas con valores de 7.92, 7.74 y 7.53%; respectivamente y los valores mínimos en las de La Restinga (6.08%). En la composición lípidica, las muestras de Chacopata presentaron la menor concentración de fosfolípidos (48.86%) y los máximos valores de colesterol (38.87%) y triacilgliceroles (12.26%), y las muestras de La Esmeralda y Río Caribe exhibieron concentraciones máximas de fosfolípidos (88.71-84.93%, respectivamente) y mínimas de colesterol (6.50-4.42%). En los lípidos totales, los ácidos grasos saturados se encontraron entre 15.04 y 65.55%, con máximos en muestras de La Esmeralda y mínimos en Chacopata y los poliinsaturados estuvieron entre 7.80 y 37.18%, con máximos valores en la Brea y mínimos en la Esmeralda. En los fosfolípidos, la concentración de ácidos grasos saturados estuvo entre 38.81 y 48.68% para las muestras de Chaguaramas y Chacopata, respectivamente; los ácidos grasos poliinsaturados se encontraron entre no detectado y 34.51%, con altas concentraciones en muestras de Los Cedros (27.97%) y Chaguaramas (34.51%). En los triacilgliceroles, la composición de ácidos grasos saturados variaron entre 14.27 y 53.80%, con baja concentración en Chacopata y alta concentración en La Restinga; los ácidos grasos poliinsaturados estuvieron entre 4.66 y 35.55%, con valores menores en las muestras de Chacopata (4.66%) y mayores en Chaguaramas. El consumo frecuente de Perna viridis es recomendable, debido a su alto contenido de fosfolípidos y ácidos grasos insaturados. Abstract in english Lipid and fatty acid profile of Perna viridis, Green Mussel (Mollusca: Bivalvia) in different areas of the Eastern Venezuela and the West coast of Trinidad. The species Perna viridis is a highly consumed species, which fast growth makes it an interesting aquaculture alternative for Venezuelan and Tr [...] inidad coasts. With the aim to contribute with its nutritional value information, this study analyzed lipid and fatty acid contents from samples taken in five locations from Eastern Venezuela and three from Trinidad West Coast. Total lipids were extracted and quantified, from a pooled sample of 100 organisms per location, by standard gravimetric methods, and their identification and quantification was done by TLC/FID (Iatroscan system). Furthermore, the esterified fatty acids of total lipid, phospholipids and triacylglycerols were identified and quantified by gas chromatography. Eastern Venezuela samples from Los Cedros, La Brea and Chaguaramas showed the highest total lipid values of 7.92, 7.74 and 7.53, respectively, and the minimum values were obtained for La Restinga (6.08%). Among lipid composition, Chacopata samples showed the lowest phospholipid concentration (48.86%) and the maximum values for cholesterol (38.87%) and triacylglycerols (12.26%); besides, La Esmeralda and Rio Caribe samples exhibited maximum phospholipids (88.71 and 84.93 respectively) and minimum cholesterol (6.50 and 4.42%) concentrations. Saturated fatty acids represented between 15.04% and 65.55% within total lipid extracts, with maximum and minimum values for La Esmeralda and Chacopata, respectively. Polyunsaturated results resulted between 7.80 and 37.18%, with higher values in La Brea and lower values in La Esmeralda. For phospholipids, saturated fatty acids concentrations varied between 38.81 and 48.68% for Chaguaramas and Chacopata samples, respectively. In the case of polyunsaturated fatty acids, these varied between non detected and 34.51%, with high concentrations in Los Cedros (27.97%) and Chaguaramas (34.51%) samples. For the triacylglycerols, the saturated fatty acids composition oscillated between 14.27 and 53.80% with l

  7. Evaluation of the levels of Br, Cl, K, Mg, Mn and V in Perna perna mussels (Linnaeus, 1758: Mollusca Bivalvia) collected in the coast of Sao Paulo state, Brazil; Avaliacao dos teores de Br, Cl, K, Mg, Mn e V em mexilhoes Perna perna (Linnaeus, 1758: Mollusca Bivalvia) coletados no litoral do estado de Sao Paulo, Brasil

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    Seo, Daniele

    2012-07-01

    The coastal environment has been heavily altered by multiple environmental impacts of human activities, such as disposal of sewage from urban areas, the release of numerous chemical industries, agriculture and the flow of vessels, which can lead to accidental spills of oil and oil products, fuels and other products transported by sea. In this context, a means of determining concentrations of these potentially toxic substances in the sea water is the biomonitoring by means of different types of bivalves, which have been used by various researchers, in Brazil and other countries. With regard to bivalve mollusks, particularly mussels, their use in monitoring the marine contamination is mainly due to their wide geographic distribution, sessile habit and ability to concentrate toxic metals to 102-105 times in relation to the concentrations detected in water. In the present study, we employed the passive biomonitoring using the Perna perna bivalve mollusk with respect to the elements Br, Cl, K, Mg, Mn and V. These elements were chosen since they can be determined by INAA method (Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis), by means of short irradiation which provides faster analyzes and also due to their importance from the standpoint of environmental or nutritional studies. The aim of this study was to evaluate the content of Br, Cl, K, Mg, Mn and V in samples of Perna perna mussels (Linnaeus, 1758: Mollusca, Bivalvia) collected in coastal regions of Sao Paulo subject to anthropogenic contamination (Ponta de Itaipu and Palmas Island, in Santos), comparing the values obtained in sites potentially impacted with the values of the control site in Praia da Cocanha, in Caraguatatuba. The collection points located in Sao Paulo coast are located in the geographical areas 23 Masculine-Ordinal-Indicator 37'S - 45 Degree-Sign 24' W (Caraguatatuba) and 23 Masculine-Ordinal-Indicator 57'S - 46 Masculine-Ordinal-Indicator 20' W (Santos). The collection of organisms was performed in all seasons of the year, beginning in spring 2008 and ending in winter 2009. The samples were cleaned, crushed, homogenized and dried by lyophilization for further analysis by INAA. The INAA procedure consisted of irradiating aliquots of the samples obtained in powder form in polyethylene envelopes in the nuclear research reactor IEA - R1 of IPEN / CNEN - SP together with synthetic standards of elements. The irradiation time in the reactor was 8 to 10 s under the thermal neutron flux of 6.6 x 1012 n cm-2 s-1. The concentrations of the elements were calculated using the comparative method. The INAA procedure was validated with respect to accuracy and precision, through the analysis of certified reference materials NIST SRM 1566b Oyster Tissue and NIST SRM 2876 Mussel Tissue. The results of these certified reference materials indicated good quality of results with respect to precision and accuracy. The ranges of concentrations (dry basis weight) of the elements obtained in mussels collected in Santos and Praia da Cocanha for the four seasons of the year were: 173.80 to 358.99 mg kg-1 for Br; 45658 {+-} 1811 to 109166 {+-} 824 mg kg{sup -1} for Cl; 7043 {+-} 856 to 12506 {+-} 675 mg kg{sup -1} for K; 2774 {+-} 211 to 5691 {+-} 717 mg kg{sup -1} for Mg; 7.01 {+-} 0.30 to 29.74 {+-} 3.32 mg kg{sup -1} for Mn and 0.77 {+-} 0.02 to 3.43 {+-} 0.28 mg kg{sup -1} for V. The seasonal and spatial variations of the concentrations of these elements were studied and the values compared to the literature. From the results obtained it can be concluded that the species of Perna perna mussels, can be used as biomonitors of marine contamination. (author)

  8. Ultrastructural studies of Biomphalaria glabrata (Say, 1818) embryo

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    Ultrastructural studies of Biomphalaria glabrata embryos (MOllusca: Gastropoda), and important snail vector of schistosomiasis has not been explored. In the present work it was evaluated a suitable electron microscopical technique for embryos processing. Promising results was obtained with double fixation in 1% glutaraldehyde plus 1% osmium tetroxide in 0.05 M cacodylate buffer (pH 7.4), preliminary staining overnight in 1% uranyl acetate and embedding in EPON or Polylite under vacuum. It was used embryos at young trochophore stage wich is characterized by active organogenesis. Some ultrastructural aspects of B. glabrata embryos cells are presented. (author)

  9. Evaluation of the levels of Br, Cl, K, Mg, Mn and V in Perna perna mussels (Linnaeus, 1758: Mollusca Bivalvia) collected in the coast of Sao Paulo state, Brazil

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    The coastal environment has been heavily altered by multiple environmental impacts of human activities, such as disposal of sewage from urban areas, the release of numerous chemical industries, agriculture and the flow of vessels, which can lead to accidental spills of oil and oil products, fuels and other products transported by sea. In this context, a means of determining concentrations of these potentially toxic substances in the sea water is the biomonitoring by means of different types of bivalves, which have been used by various researchers, in Brazil and other countries. With regard to bivalve mollusks, particularly mussels, their use in monitoring the marine contamination is mainly due to their wide geographic distribution, sessile habit and ability to concentrate toxic metals to 102-105 times in relation to the concentrations detected in water. In the present study, we employed the passive biomonitoring using the Perna perna bivalve mollusk with respect to the elements Br, Cl, K, Mg, Mn and V. These elements were chosen since they can be determined by INAA method (Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis), by means of short irradiation which provides faster analyzes and also due to their importance from the standpoint of environmental or nutritional studies. The aim of this study was to evaluate the content of Br, Cl, K, Mg, Mn and V in samples of Perna perna mussels (Linnaeus, 1758: Mollusca, Bivalvia) collected in coastal regions of São Paulo subject to anthropogenic contamination (Ponta de Itaipu and Palmas Island, in Santos), comparing the values obtained in sites potentially impacted with the values of the control site in Praia da Cocanha, in Caraguatatuba. The collection points located in São Paulo coast are located in the geographical areas 23º 37'S - 45° 24' W (Caraguatatuba) and 23º 57'S - 46º 20' W (Santos). The collection of organisms was performed in all seasons of the year, beginning in spring 2008 and ending in winter 2009. The samples were cleaned, crushed, homogenized and dried by lyophilization for further analysis by INAA. The INAA procedure consisted of irradiating aliquots of the samples obtained in powder form in polyethylene envelopes in the nuclear research reactor IEA - R1 of IPEN / CNEN - SP together with synthetic standards of elements. The irradiation time in the reactor was 8 to 10 s under the thermal neutron flux of 6.6 x 1012 n cm-2 s-1. The concentrations of the elements were calculated using the comparative method. The INAA procedure was validated with respect to accuracy and precision, through the analysis of certified reference materials NIST SRM 1566b Oyster Tissue and NIST SRM 2876 Mussel Tissue. The results of these certified reference materials indicated good quality of results with respect to precision and accuracy. The ranges of concentrations (dry basis weight) of the elements obtained in mussels collected in Santos and Praia da Cocanha for the four seasons of the year were: 173.80 to 358.99 mg kg-1 for Br; 45658 ± 1811 to 109166 ± 824 mg kg-1 for Cl; 7043 ± 856 to 12506 ± 675 mg kg-1 for K; 2774 ± 211 to 5691 ± 717 mg kg-1 for Mg; 7.01 ± 0.30 to 29.74 ± 3.32 mg kg-1 for Mn and 0.77 ± 0.02 to 3.43 ± 0.28 mg kg-1 for V. The seasonal and spatial variations of the concentrations of these elements were studied and the values compared to the literature. From the results obtained it can be concluded that the species of Perna perna mussels, can be used as biomonitors of marine contamination. (author)

  10. The family Calyptraeidae in Peru (Gastropoda: Caenogastropoda

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    Carlos Paredes

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Rev. peru. biol. número especial 13(3: 177 - 184 (Julio 2007Error en la figura 1 y 2: las imágenes de las fotos se encuentran volteadas en 180°, es decir las fotos son imágenes especulares.Error in Figure 1 and 2: the images of the photos are turned 180°, ie. each photo is the mirror image.

  11. Monacha cartusiana (Gastropoda: Hygromiidae in South Bohemia

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    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available The first record of non-indigenous expanding mollusc species Monacha cartusiana (O.F. Müller, 1774 is reported – the species was found on a dam of a coal-ash settling basin near ?eské Bud?jovice.

  12. Plesiophysa dolichomastix sp. n. (Gastropoda: Planorbidae)

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    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available A new species of planorbid mollusc, Plesiophysa dolichomastix (Greek dolichos = long, mastix = flagellum), collected from Lagoa da Pedra, municipality of Santa Rosa, state of Goiás, Brazil (15°01'S, 47°13'W) is described. It is indistinguishable by the shell characters from the five congeneric speci [...] es described so far: P. striata (Orbigny, 1841), P. granulata ("Shuttleworth" Sowerby, 1873), P. guadeloupensis ("Fischer" Mazé, 1883), P. ornata (Haas, 1938) and P. hubendicki Richards & Ferguson, 1962. It differs from the anatomically studied species in the following characters: about 50 ovotestis diverticula, against 12 in granulata, 100 in ornata, unstated in hubendicki; and length of flagella - about as long as the penial complex -, against about 1/3 to 1/6 in the other three.

  13. Host shift and speciation in a coral-feeding nudibranch.

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    Faucci, Anuschka; Toonen, Robert J; Hadfield, Michael G

    2007-01-01

    While the role of host preference in ecological speciation has been investigated extensively in terrestrial systems, very little is known in marine environments. Host preference combined with mate choice on the preferred host can lead to population subdivision and adaptation leading to host shifts. We use a phylogenetic approach based on two mitochondrial genetic markers to disentangle the taxonomic status and to investigate the role of host specificity in the speciation of the nudibranch genus Phestilla (Gastropoda, Opisthobranchia) from Guam, Palau and Hawaii. Species of the genus Phestilla complete their life cycle almost entirely on their specific host coral (species of Porites, Goniopora and Tubastrea). They reproduce on their host coral and their planktonic larvae require a host-specific chemical cue to metamorphose and settle onto their host. The phylogenetic trees of the combined cytochrome oxidase I and ribosomal 16S gene sequences clarify the relationship among species of Phestilla identifying most of the nominal species as monophyletic clades. We found a possible case of host shift from Porites to Goniopora and Tubastrea in sympatric Phestilla spp. This represents one of the first documented cases of host shift as a mechanism underlying speciation in a marine invertebrate. Furthermore, we found highly divergent clades within Phestilla sp. 1 and Phestilla minor (8.1-11.1%), suggesting cryptic speciation. The presence of a strong phylogenetic signal for the coral host confirms that the tight link between species of Phestilla and their host coral probably played an important role in speciation within this genus. PMID:17134995

  14. Biomonitoring of Fresh Water of Loktak Lake, India

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    N.K. Sharat Singh

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The fresh water Mollusca (Scientific name; Pila globosa was collected from nine differentstations of Loktak lake to investigate the elemental profile in the tissue of it as it can beused as biomonitor of the pollution of water. As the Gastropoda family is a feeder filter, itis very useful to examine the trace elements as well as toxic elements in the environmentwhere it survives. The elements detected in the samples are Mg, Al, P, S, Cl, K, Ca, Mn,Fe, Cu, Zn, Se, Br, Rb, Sr and the elemental concentrations were compared with FAOlimits to check their toxic levels. The elements detected so far are the time integral of theirconcentration so, that are several orders of magnitude above ambient waterconcentrations. The analysis of the elements was done with the help of energy dispersiveX-ray fluorescence (EDXRF for its quick and multi-elemental detection capability. Keywords: Pila globosa, Biomonitoring, Loktak lake, Trace elements, EDXRF

  15. Benthic Macro-Fauna Composition and Abundance in Sombreiro River, Niger Delta, Nigeria

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    E.N. Ezekiel

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    Full Text Available The benthic macro-fauna composition and abundance in sombreiro was studied for a period of two years (August 2007 - July2009. A total of twenty-eight species belonging to fourteen (14 families, six (6 classes and three (3 phyla were recorded in Sombreiro River. The phylum Annelida dominated with two classes (Oligochaeta and Polychaeta. Oligochaeta was represented by two families (Naididae and Lumbricidae and seven species having 25% by composition. Polychaeta was represented by seven families (Nereidae, Nepthyidae, Capitellidae, Eucinidae, Glyceridae, Arenicolidae and Syllidae and thirteen species having 46.4% by composition. The Phylum arthropoda was represented by two classes (Crustacea and inseita. Two families (Gammaridae and Penaidae having two species consisting of 7.2% were recorded, for the class crustacea. The class insecta was represented by one family (Chironomidae with one species consisting of 3.6%. The phylum Mollusca was represented by two classes (Gastropoda and Bivalvia. Gastropoda had two species with 7.2% composition and Bivalvia has three species with10.7% composition. Oligochaeta was the highest and constituted 62.0%. The others were Polychaeta (23.9%, Insecta (6.7%, Gastropoda (3.9%, Bivalvia (2.2% and Crustacea (1.3%. The mean diversity(S ranged between 11 species. Mean abundance of individuals (N was 985. Mean Margalef index (d value was 1.339. The mean value for Shannon-Wienner (H was 0.956. Mean Pielou’s index of relative density or evenness index (E was 0.986. Mean SimpsIn’s Dominance index (C was 0.623.

  16. Bioactive molecules from sea hares.

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    Kamiya, H; Sakai, R; Jimbo, M

    2006-01-01

    Sea hares, belonging to the order Opisthobranchia, subclass Gastropoda, are mollusks that have attracted many researchers who are interested in the chemical defense mechanisms of these soft and "shell-less" snails. Numbers of small molecules of dietary origin have been isolated from sea hares and some have ecologically relevant activities, such as fish deterrent activity or toxicity. Recently, however, greater attention has been paid to biomedically interesting sea hare isolates such as dolastatins, a series of antitumor peptide/macrolides isolated from Dolabella auricularia. Another series of bioactive peptide/macrolides, as represented by aplyronines, have been isolated from sea hares in Japanese waters. Although earlier studies indicated the potent antitumor activity of aplyronines, their clinical development has never been conducted because of the minute amount of compound available from the natural source. Recent synthetic studies, however, have made it possible to prepare these compounds and analogs for a structure-activity relationship study, and started to uncover their unique action mechanism towards their putative targets, microfilaments. Here, recent findings of small antitumor molecules isolated from Japanese sea hares are reviewed. Sea hares are also known to produce cytotoxic and antimicrobial proteins. In contrast to the small molecules of dietary origin, proteins are the genetic products of sea hares and they are likely to have some primary physiological functions in addition to ecological roles in the sea hare. Based on the biochemical properties and phylogenetic analysis of these proteins, we propose that they belong to one family of molecule, the "Aplysianin A family," although their molecular weights are apparently divided into two groups. Interestingly, the active principles in Aplysia species and Dolabella auricularia were shown to be L-amino acid oxidase (LAAO), a flavin enzyme that oxidizes an alpha-amino group of the substrate with molecular oxygen and liberates hydrogen peroxide, with a sequence similar to other known LAAOs, including snake venom. Possible antibacterial activity and cytotoxic activity mechanisms of these proteins are also discussed. PMID:17153345

  17. Reproduction of Omalonyx matheroni (Gastropoda: Succineidae) under laboratory conditions

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    Lângia, Montresor; Ana, Teixeira; Adriano, Paglia; Teofânia, Vidigal.

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    Full Text Available The life histories of succineids have received relatively little attention. To evaluate life history characteristics of Omalonyx matheroni, we studied a Brazilian population (Reserva Particular do Patrimônio Natural Feliciano Miguel Abdala, in Caratinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil) under laboratory condit [...] ions. The aims of the present study were (1) to describe in detail an appropriate rearing method; (2) to investigate the effects of different temperature and photoperiod conditions; and (3) to assess the effects of self and cross-fertilization on the reproductive biology of these mollusks. We studied the oviposition site, the time to sexual maturity and the influences of photoperiod and temperature on reproductive parameters of O. matheroni reared under laboratory conditions. We tested three combinations of temperature and photoperiod, designated A, B and C (A: 25ºC, 24 hours of light; B: environmental conditions of temperature and photoperiod, characterized as follows: average máximum temperature=27.1ºC, average minimum temperature=18.3ºC, average day length=12.06 hours; and C: 25ºC, zero hours of light) and two rearing densities (I: isolated and G: grouped) on reproductive parameters (number of eggs per egg mass, number of unviable eggs per mass, egg mass incubation period, and duration of the hatching period). A total of 186 individuals and 565 egg masses were studied. Data were analyzed by Student’s t-test, two-way ANOVA and Chi-Square test. Eight generations were produced (March/2004-March/2006), from 35 field specimens, 91% of 3 197 eggs hatched. The time to sexual maturity was approximately three months for individuals reared in groups or in isolation (Student’s t-test: t=1.41, df=31, p=0.16); however, they differed significantly in weight (Student’s t-test: t=3.6, df=31, p

  18. Familia Ellobiidae (Gastropoda: Archaeopulmonata en el litoral peruano

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    Carlos Paredes

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    Full Text Available Se reportan 8 especies de Ellobiidae para la Costa Peruana, pertenecientes a las subfamilias Ellobiinae: Ellobium stagnale (Orbigny, 1835 y Sarnia frumentum Petit, 1842; Melampodinae: Melampus carolianus (Lesson, 1842, Melampus olivaceus Carpenter, 1857 y Detracia graminea Morrison, 1846; y Pedipedinae: Marinula acuta (Orbigny, 1835, Marinula concinna (C.B Adams, 1852 y Marinula pepita King, 1831. Seis especies viven asociadas al bosque de manglar en el departamento de Tumbes, y dos en las playas de canto rodado en los límites de la Provincia Peruana. Cuatro especies tropicales se registran por primera vez para el mar peruano: E. stagnale, M. olivaceus, D. graminea y M. acuta.

  19. Biomphalaria molluscs (Gastropoda: Planorbidae) in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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    The present study was aimed at characterising Biomphalaria species using both morphological and molecular (PCR-RFLP) approaches. The specimens were collected in 15 localities in 12 municipalities of the southern region of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The following species were found and identified: Biomphalaria tenagophila guaibensis, Biomphalaria oligoza and Biomphalaria peregrina. Specimens of the latter species were experimentally challenged with the LE Schistosoma mansoni strai...

  20. Biomphalaria molluscs (Gastropoda: Planorbidae) in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

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    Pepe, Michele Soares; Caldeira, Roberta Lima; Carvalho, Omar dos Santos; Muller, Gertrud; Jannotti-Passos, Liana Konovaloff; Rodrigues, Alice Pozza; Amaral, Hugo Leonardo; Berne, Maria Elisabeth Aires

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    The present study was aimed at characterising Biomphalaria species using both morphological and molecular (PCR-RFLP) approaches. The specimens were collected in 15 localities in 12 municipalities of the southern region of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The following species were found and identified: Biomphalaria tenagophila guaibensis, Biomphalaria oligoza and Biomphalaria peregrina. Specimens of the latter species were experimentally challenged with the LE Schistosoma mansoni strain, which showed to be refractory to infection. PMID:19820842

  1. Biomphalaria molluscs (Gastropoda: Planorbidae) in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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    Michele Soares, Pepe; Roberta Lima, Caldeira; Omar dos Santos, Carvalho; Gertrud, Muller; Liana Konovaloff, Jannotti-Passos; Alice Pozza, Rodrigues; Hugo Leonardo, Amaral; Maria Elisabeth Aires, Berne.

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available The present study was aimed at characterising Biomphalaria species using both morphological and molecular (PCR-RFLP) approaches. The specimens were collected in 15 localities in 12 municipalities of the southern region of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The following species were found and i [...] dentified: Biomphalaria tenagophila guaibensis, Biomphalaria oligoza and Biomphalaria peregrina. Specimens of the latter species were experimentally challenged with the LE Schistosoma mansoni strain, which showed to be refractory to infection.

  2. First records of Cecilioides tumulorum (Gastropoda: Ferussaciidae in Bulgaria

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    Dilian Georgiev

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available First records of Cecilioides tumulorum (Bourguignat, 1956 in Bulgaria were reported: 1. deposits of Karabaiska River, near village of Sladun, Sakar Mountain; 2. deposits of Stara Reka River, near Peshtera town, Western Rhodopes Mountain; 3. deposits of Byala Reka River, near village of Mandritza, Eastern Rhodopes Mountain; 4. Ivaylovgrad town, Eastern Rhodopes Mountain. After this report, the known species from the genus Cecilioides in Bulgaria are: C. acicula, C. janii, C. spelaeus and C. tumulorum.

  3. Localities of valvatiform hydrobiids (Gastropoda: Hydrobiidae in Bulgaria

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    Dilian Georgiev

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper three new localities of unidentified valvatiform hydrobiids are reported in Bulgaria: Glava Panega Spring (Zlatna Panega Town, Rushovata Cave (near Glogovo Village, and Mandrata Cave (near Chavdartsi Village.

  4. Histologia das glândulas salivares dos Limacoidea e Milacidae (Gastropoda, Pulmonata)

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    Leal-Zanchet Ana Maria

    2003-01-01

    The histology of the salivary glands of six species of Limacoidea, Boettgerilla pallens Simroth, 1912, Deroceras laeve (Müller, 1774), Deroceras reticulatum (Müller, 1774), Deroceras rodnae Grossu & Lupu, 1965, Malacolimax tenellus (Müller, 1774) and Lehmannia marginata (Müller, 1774), and a species of Milacidae, Tandonia budapestensis (Hazay, 1881) is comparatively described herein. In the glandular parenchyme four to five secretory cell types are distinguished and characterised, besides a c...

  5. Biomphalaria molluscs (Gastropoda: Planorbidae in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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    Michele Soares Pepe

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available The present study was aimed at characterising Biomphalaria species using both morphological and molecular (PCR-RFLP approaches. The specimens were collected in 15 localities in 12 municipalities of the southern region of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The following species were found and identified: Biomphalaria tenagophila guaibensis, Biomphalaria oligoza and Biomphalaria peregrina. Specimens of the latter species were experimentally challenged with the LE Schistosoma mansoni strain, which showed to be refractory to infection.

  6. The phylogeography of Indoplanorbis exustus (Gastropoda: Planorbidae in Asia

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    Diaz Jose L

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The freshwater snail Indoplanorbis exustus is found across India, Southeast Asia, central Asia (Afghanistan, Arabia and Africa. Indoplanorbis is of economic importance in that it is responsible for the transmission of several species of the genus Schistosoma which infect cattle and cause reduced livestock productivity. The snail is also of medical importance as a source of cercarial dermatitis among rural workers, particularly in India. In spite of its long history and wide geographical range, it is thought that Indoplanorbis includes only a single species. The aims of the present study were to date the radiation of Indoplanorbis across Asia so that the factors involved in its dispersal in the region could be tested, to reveal potential historical biogeographical events shaping the phylogeny of the snail, and to look for signs that I. exustus might be polyphyletic. Results The results indicated a radiation beginning in the late Miocene with a divergence of an ancestral bulinine lineage into Assam and peninsular India clades. A Southeast Asian clade diverged from the peninsular India clade late-Pliocene; this clade then radiated at a much more rapid pace to colonize all of the sampled range of Indoplanorbis in the mid-Pleistocene. Conclusions The phylogenetic depth of divergences between the Indian clades and Southeast Asian clades, together with habitat and parasitological differences suggest that I. exustus may comprise more than one species. The timescale estimated for the radiation suggests that the dispersal to Arabia and to Southeast Asia was facilitated by palaeogeographical events and climate change, and did not require human involvement. Further samples from Afghanistan, Africa and western India are required to refine the phylogeographical hypothesis and to include the African Recent dispersal.

  7. Familia Ellobiidae (Gastropoda: Archaeopulmonata) en el litoral peruano

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    Carlos, Paredes; Aldo, Indacochea; Franz, Cardoso; Kelly, Ortega.

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Se reportan 8 especies de Ellobiidae para la Costa Peruana, pertenecientes a las subfamilias Ellobiinae: Ellobium stagnale (Orbigny, 1835) y Sarnia frumentum Petit, 1842; Melampodinae: Melampus carolianus (Lesson, 1842), Melampus olivaceus Carpenter, 1857 y Detracia graminea Morrison, 1846; y Pedipe [...] dinae: Marinula acuta (Orbigny, 1835), Marinula concinna (C.B Adams, 1852) y Marinula pepita King, 1831. Seis especies viven asociadas al bosque de manglar en el departamento de Tumbes, y dos en las playas de canto rodado en los límites de la Provincia Peruana. Cuatro especies tropicales se registran por primera vez para el mar peruano: E. stagnale, M. olivaceus, D. graminea y M. acuta. Abstract in english We report 8 species of Ellobiidae from the Peruvian coast, which belong to the subfamilies Ellobiinae: Ellobium stagnale (Orbigny, 1835) and Sarnia frumentum Petit, 1842; Melampodinae: Melampus carolianus (Lesson, 1842), Melampus olivaceus Carpenter, 18574 and Detracia graminea Morrison, 1846; and P [...] edipedinae: Marinula acuta (Orbigny, 1835), Marinula concinna (C.B Adams, 1852) and Marinula pepita King, 1831. Six species live associated to the mangrove of the department of Tumbes, and two in boulder beaches in the limits of the Peruvian Province. Four tropical species are registered for the first time in the Peruvian Sea: A. stagnale, M. olivaceus, D. graminea and M. acuta.

  8. Molecular phylogeny and evolution of the cone snails (Gastropoda, Conoidea).

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    Puillandre, N; Bouchet, P; Duda, T F; Kauferstein, S; Kohn, A J; Olivera, B M; Watkins, M; Meyer, C

    2014-09-01

    We present a large-scale molecular phylogeny that includes 320 of the 761 recognized valid species of the cone snails (Conus), one of the most diverse groups of marine molluscs, based on three mitochondrial genes (COI, 16S rDNA and 12S rDNA). This is the first phylogeny of the taxon to employ concatenated sequences of several genes, and it includes more than twice as many species as the last published molecular phylogeny of the entire group nearly a decade ago. Most of the numerous molecular phylogenies published during the last 15years are limited to rather small fractions of its species diversity. Bayesian and maximum likelihood analyses are mostly congruent and confirm the presence of three previously reported highly divergent lineages among cone snails, and one identified here using molecular data. About 85% of the species cluster in the single Large Major Clade; the others are divided between the Small Major Clade (?12%), the Conus californicus lineage (one species), and a newly defined clade (?3%). We also define several subclades within the Large and Small major clades, but most of their relationships remain poorly supported. To illustrate the usefulness of molecular phylogenies in addressing specific evolutionary questions, we analyse the evolution of the diet, the biogeography and the toxins of cone snails. All cone snails whose feeding biology is known inject venom into large prey animals and swallow them whole. Predation on polychaete worms is inferred as the ancestral state, and diet shifts to molluscs and fishes occurred rarely. The ancestor of cone snails probably originated from the Indo-Pacific; rather few colonisations of other biogeographic provinces have probably occurred. A new classification of the Conidae, based on the molecular phylogeny, is published in an accompanying paper. PMID:24878223

  9. Sôbre Anostomia (Ringicella ringens (L., 1758: (Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Odontostomidae

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    1963-06-01

    Full Text Available The Author redescribes Anostoma (Ringicella ringens (Linnê based on one specimen from km 92 of the Belém-Brasília road and on several specimens from Aurá, Belém, State of Pará. The male copulatory organs has a very curious constitution, being spirally coiled, not as stated by FISHER (1869.

  10. Two new species of Terebra (Gastropoda, Conoidea from Colombia

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    Luiz Ricardo L. Simone

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Two new species of the genus Terebra are described conchologically to the Atlantic coast of Colombia. The species are Terebra colombiensis and T. sterigmoides. They are differentiable mainly because of their sculpture, protoconch and spire angle. They are part of a group of Western Atlantic terebrids informally called "T. doellojuradoi complex" and differ from the Brazilian species in having well-developed pair of folds at columella. This character approaches the species described here to the Argentinean T. doellojuradoi.Duas novas espécies do gênero Terebra são descritas conquiliologicamente para a costa atlântica da Colômbia. As espécies são Terebra colombiensis e T. sterigmoides. Elas são diferenciáveis principalmente com base na escultura, protoconcha e ângulo da espira. Elas pertencem a um grupo de terebrídeos do Atlântico oeste informalmente chamado de "complexo T. doellojuradoi" e diferem das espécies brasileiras por ter um par de pregas bem desenvolvidas na columela. Este caráter aproxima as espécies descritas neste da argentina T. doellojuradoi.

  11. Two new species of Terebra (Gastropoda, Conoidea) from Colombia

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    Luiz Ricardo L., Simone; Adriana, Gracia C..

    Full Text Available Duas novas espécies do gênero Terebra são descritas conquiliologicamente para a costa atlântica da Colômbia. As espécies são Terebra colombiensis e T. sterigmoides. Elas são diferenciáveis principalmente com base na escultura, protoconcha e ângulo da espira. Elas pertencem a um grupo de terebrídeos [...] do Atlântico oeste informalmente chamado de "complexo T. doellojuradoi" e diferem das espécies brasileiras por ter um par de pregas bem desenvolvidas na columela. Este caráter aproxima as espécies descritas neste da argentina T. doellojuradoi. Abstract in english Two new species of the genus Terebra are described conchologically to the Atlantic coast of Colombia. The species are Terebra colombiensis and T. sterigmoides. They are differentiable mainly because of their sculpture, protoconch and spire angle. They are part of a group of Western Atlantic terebrid [...] s informally called "T. doellojuradoi complex" and differ from the Brazilian species in having well-developed pair of folds at columella. This character approaches the species described here to the Argentinean T. doellojuradoi.

  12. Silurian gastropoda from southeastern and west-central Alaska

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    Rohr, D.M.; Blodgett, R.B.; Fryda, J.

    2008-01-01

    Additional Silurian (Ludlovian) gastropods are described from the Heceta Formation in the Alexander terrane on Prince of Wales Island, southeastern Alaska. Species include Spinicharybdis krizi n. sp., Spinicharybdis boucoti n. sp., Morania wagneri n. sp., Haplospira craigi n. sp., Australonema sp., Pachystrophia cf. gotlandica (Lindstro??m, 1884), and Medfrazyga gilmulli n. sp. An additional new Silurian species, Morania nixonforkensis n. sp., is described from the Nixon Fork subterrane of the Farewell terrane of west-central Alaska. The spine-bearing Spinicharybdis is placed into a new subfamily Spinicharybdiinae together with Hystricoceras Jahn, 1894. Joint occurrences of genera Beraunia, Coelocaulus, and Morania, as well as members of subfamily Spinicharybdiinae in the gastropod fauna from the Heceta Formation, support its close relationship with gastropod fauna of Bohemia. Additionally, the occurrence of the genus Medfrazyga suggests a faunal link between the Alexander and Farewell terranes of Alaska. Medfrazyga gilmulli n. sp. is the oldest known and the only early Paleozoic member of the family Palaeozygopleuridae. Copyright ?? 2008, The Paleontological Society.

  13. Embryonic Developmental Ecology of Freshwater Snail Lymnaea acuminata (Lymnaeidae: Gastropoda

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    Md. Moniruzzaman Sarker

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The egg type of Lymnaea acuminata was determined as iso-lecithal and the cleavage is spirally holoblastic type. The development of L. acuminata was observed in details. Uncleaved zygote just after laying was found to contain a relatively yolk-free zone, the animal pole and the yolk-rich region, the vegetal pole. No polar bodies were present in eggs examined immediately after they had been laid. The first polar lobe and polar body were extruded out from the zygote within 15-25 min. These were reabsorbed after 12-15 min. The formation of the second polar lobe was followed within the next 48 min. The first cleavage division occurred about 115-130 min after the formation and re-absorption of the second polar lobe, retaining for 7-10 min. The 2-celled embryos underwent the second equal division of cleavage the within next hour and the embryos reached the 4-cell stage. At the end of the 5th h, the 4-celled embryos underwent the third cleavage and the cleavage was horizontal (i.e., equatorial. At the end of the 9th h, the embryos at the 8-celled stage reached the 16-celled stage by the 4th cleavage. The 4th spirally cleaved embryos usually underwent fifth and sixth cleavages within 24-26 and 27-29 h of incubation, respectively. After 2-3 days of incubation, the developing embryos attained the trochophore stage. At the beginning of the 4th day of incubation, embryos became slightly elongated, curved foot muscle and shell gland were developed through the extension of velum and the embryos turned into the early veliger. At the beginning of the seventh day, the miniature snail possessed all the structures found in a newly hatched individual. Interaction between water physico-chemical parameters and some breeding parameters have been observed.

  14. Hemócitos de Bradybaena similaris e Megalobulimus abbreviatus (Gastropoda, Stylommatophora) / Hemocytes of Bradybaena similaris and Megalobulimus abbreviatus (Gastropoda, Stylommatophora)

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    Roberta A., Rohr; Suzana B., Amato.

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    Full Text Available Os hemócitos atuam no sistema de defesa contra organismos invasores e partículas estranhas, auxiliando o reconhecimento do que é próprio do corpo dos grastrópodes e o que não é. São escassas as informações e estudos sobre os hemócitos em espécies de moluscos saudáveis (sem infecções), principalmente [...] em Bradybaena similaris (Fèrussac, 1821) and Megalobulimus abbreviatus (Bequaert, 1948). Portanto, este trabalho tem como objetivos a caracterização e quantificação dos hemócitos presentes na hemolinfa destas duas espécies. Neste trabalho, foram identificados três tipos celulares na hemolinfa de ambas espécies: as células redondas, hialinócitos e granulócitos. Os três tipos de hemócitos foram medidos e foi calculada a média do diâmetro total e do núcleo para cada um deles. Para B. similaris, o diâmetro médio das células redondas foi de 10,7 µm, dos hialinócitos foi de 20 µm e dos granulócitos de 25,4 µm. Para M. abbreviatus, o diâmetro médio foi de 11,7 µm para as células redondas, de 21,5 µm para os hialinócitos e de 30,5 µm para os granulócitos. Embora os hialinócitos possuam médias parecidas entre B. similaris e M. abbreviatus, foram detectadas diferenças significativas do diâmetro celular total e diâmetro do núcleo (p Abstract in english Hemocytes act in the defense system against invading organisms, foreign particles aiding the recognition of what is own to the body of gastropods and what is not. Information and studies on the hemocytes in species of mollusks healthy (no infections), especially in Bradybaena similaris (Fèrussac, 18 [...] 21) and Megalobulimus abbreviatus (Bequaert, 1948) are scarce. Therefore, this work aims at characterization and quantification of hemocytes present in the hemolymph of these two species. In this work three cell types were identified in the hemolymph of both species: round cells, hyalinocytes and granulocytes. The three types of hemocytes were measured, and the average of total diameter and the nucleus for each was calculated. On B. similaris, the average diameter of round cells was 10.7 µm, of hyalinocytes was 20 µm and of granulocytes was 25.4 µm. On M. abbreviatus, the average diameter of round cells was 11.7 µm, of hyalinocytes was 21.5 µm and of granulocytes was 30.5 µm. Although the hyalinocytes have similar averages between B. similaris and M. abbreviatus, the cells were demonstrated significant differences in their total diameter and size of the nucleus (p

  15. New species of Cyclodontina from Bahia, Brazil (Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Odontostomidae) / Nova espécie de Cyclodontina da Bahia, Brazil (Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Odontostomidae)

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    Rodrigo B., Salvador; Luiz R. L., Simone.

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Uma nova espécie de gastrópode pulmonado foi coletada recentemente em um pequeno fragmento de mata em Bom Jesus da Lapa, Bahia, Brasil. O estado da Bahia é conhecido por sua alta diversidade de moluscos terrestres e Bom Jesus da Lapa é uma localidade particularmente interessante, pois localiza-se na [...] interface entre os biomas Cerrado e Caatinga. A nova espécie é descrita como Cyclodontina tapuia sp. nov. e pode ser facilmente identificada por sua concha de cor marrom, espira cônica, voltas convexas, escultura composta por fortes costelas e uma abertura com quatro barreiras: um dente parietal, um dente palatal, um dente basal e uma forte lamela columelar. A presente descoberta atua como um lembrete de quão pouco é conhecida a malacofauna continental brasileira e também da urgência em estudar e preservar a rica (mas comumente negligenciada) fauna da Caatinga. Abstract in english A new species of pulmonate snail was recently collected in a small forest fragment in the city of Bom Jesus da Lapa, Bahia state, Brazil. Bahia is known for a high diversity of land snails and Bom Jesus da Lapa is an interesting locality, since it is close to the interface between two major Brazilia [...] n biomes: Cerrado and Caatinga. The new species is described as Cyclodontina tapuia sp. nov. and can be easily identified by its brown shell, conical spire, convex whorls, a sculpture comprised of strong ribs, and an aperture with four barriers: a median parietal tooth, a median palatal tooth, a median basal tooth and a strong columellar lamella. This discovery is also a reminder of how little the Brazilian continental molluscan fauna is known and of the urgency in studying and preserving the rich (though usually overlooked) fauna of the Caatinga.

  16. Ancylidae (Gastropoda, Basommatophora) na América do Sul: sistemática e distribuição / South American Ancylidae (Gastropoda, Basommatophora): systematic and distribution

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    Rosane, Lanzer.

    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english The family Ancylidae is represented in South America by the genera: Gundlachia Pfeiffer, 1849, Ferrissia Walker, 1903, Burnupia Walker, 1912 and Laevapex Walker, 1903. The species are caracterized using the combination of shell features and radula by scanning electron microscope, shell muscle and ma [...] ntle pigmentation. The conchometry is also presented, but it does not help to species identification. The distribution of G. crequi (Bavay, 1904), G. foncki (Philippi, 1866), G. philippiana (Biese, 1948), G. obliqua (Broderip & Sowerby, 1832), G. moricandi (Orbigny, 1837), G. concentrica (Orbigny, 1835), G. radiata (Guilding, 1828), G bakeri Pilsbry, 1913, G ticaga (Marcus & Marcus, 1962), F. gentilis Lanzer, 1991, B. ingae Lanzer, 1991, L. vazi Santos, 1989 and Laevapex sp. in the Neotropical region is based on the bibliography, examination of the material deposited in scientific institutions and in the author's collection.

  17. Gundlachia dutrae: n. sp. from northwest Brazil (Mollusca: Basommatophora: Ancylidae

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    Sonia Barbosa dos Santos

    1994-06-01

    Full Text Available A new species of Gundlachia, Gundlachia dutrae is described from northwest Brazil. It is distinguishable from other congenerie species by characteristics of the shell, radula and internal organs. Shell relatively high. Aperture near-circular; periostracum dark brown without periostracal hairs. Apex slightly inclined to the right, projected but not hooked, with an apical depression surrounted by a sculpture of well-marked irregular punctations. Shell surface with prominent radial sculpture. No septate specimens were observed. Ratios (n= 59: shell width/shell lenght = 0,66- 0,79 (mean 0,73; shell height/shell length = 0,32- 0,45 ( mean 0,37; shell height/shell width = 0,43- 0,63 (mean 0,51. Body of normal ancylid type; mantle pigmentation dark brown or black, concentrated along the mantle collar. The dorsal surface of the right anterior muscle is elongated and medially constricted. The left anterior and the posterior muscles are almost elliptical. Adhesive area is V-shaped. Pseudobranch unpigmented bearing a very small and thin dorsal lobe. Ovotestis with more than 25 unbranched diverticula. Ovispermiduct with seminal vesicle rather developed. Elongated nidamental gland continous with the glandular wall of the uterus. Nidamental gland appendix ending into a bulbous swelling Spermathecal body almost rounded. Well-developed prostate with five long diverticula. Ejaculatory complex with long glandular flagellum, without a penis or true ultra-penis. "Penis sheath" developed. "Ultra-penis" projected as a tube inside the lumem of prepuce, with a slit between "ultra-penis" and "penis sheath". Rachidian tooth tetracuspid, with two median cusps assymmetrical and aculeated. Lateral teeth tricuspid, with a reduced endocon and a prominent mesocon. A well marked gap occurs between meso and ectocon. Marginal teeth similar to lateral ones. Jaw T-shaped, with about 28 dorsal plates.

  18. On Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1822 (Mollusca; Pilidae: Ampullariidae

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    Silvana C. Thiengo

    1993-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the morphology of Pomacea caniculata (Lamarck, 1822 collected at Corrientes, Argentina. Comparison is made with Pomacea lineata (Spix, 1827 and Pomacea sordida (Swainson, 1823. The shell is globose, heavy, with greenish or horn-colored periostracum and dark spiral bands; apex subelevated, 5-6 whorls increasing rather rapidly and separated by very deep suture. Aperture large, rounded to subelongated; lip sometimes reddish; umbilicus large and deep; operculum corneous, entirely closing the aperture. Ratios: shell width/shell length = 0.78-0.96 (mean 0.86; aperture length/shell length = 0.68-0.77 (mean 0.72. Radula similar to other congeneric species. Testis and spermiduct as in P. lineata and P. sordida; prostate cylindric and short, cream in color as the testis. Penial sheath straight bearing a central outer gland deeply embedded in the tissue of its basal portion and a large wrinkled gland occupying 2/3 of the distal tip of its inner surface; the rigth margin of the sheath overlaps the left one until 2/3 of its proximal end. Female reproductive apparatus similar to that P. lineata; vestigial male copulatory apparatus (penis and its sheath present in all females examined.

  19. Planorbidae, Lymnaeidae and Physidae of Argentina (Mollusca: Basommatophora)

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    W. Lobato Paraense

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    In the course of several trips to Argentina I had the opportunity of collecting specimens of Acrorbis petricola Odhner,1937, Biomphalaria orbignyi Paraense, 1975, B. peregrina (Orbigny, 1835), B. tenagophila (Orbigny, 1835) Lymnaea viatrix Orbigny, 1835, Antillorbis nordestensis (Lucena, 1954), B. intermedia (Paraense & Deslandes, 1962), B. oligoza Paraense, 1974, B. straminea (Dunker, 1848), Drepanotrema anatinum (Orbigny, 1835), D. cimex (Moricand, 1837), D. depressissimum (Moricand, 1837),...

  20. Planorbidae, Lymnaeidae and Physidae of Ecuador (Mollusca: Basommatophora

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    W Lobato Paraense

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available In the course of a trip to Ecuador I had the opportunity of collecting topotypic specimens of the following nominal species of pulmonate molluscs: Biomphalaria cousini Paraense, 1966; Planorbis equatorius Cousin, 1887; P. canonicus Cousin, 1887; Lymnaea cousini Jousseaume, 1887 and P. boetzkesi Miller, 1879. Additional findings were: Helisoma trivolvis (Say, 1817, Biomphalaria peregrina (Orbigny 1835, Drepanotrema anatinum (Orbigny, 1835, D. kermatoides (Orbigny, 1835, D. lucidum (Pfeiffer, 1839, D. surinamense (Clessin, 1884, Lymnaea columella Say, 1817 and Physa acuta Draparnaud, 1805. P. boetzkesi and P. canonicus are considered junior synonyms of Gyraulus hindsianus (Dunker, 1848 and Biomphalaria peregrina (Orbigny, 1835, respectively.

  1. Planorbidae, lymnaeidae and physidae of Peru (Mollusca: Basommatophora).

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    Paraense, W Lobato

    2003-09-01

    In the course of several trips to Peru I had the opportunity of collecting topotypic specimens of Biomphalaria andecola (Orbigny, 1835), B. helophila (Orbigny, 1835), B. pucaraensis (Preston, 1909), Drepanotrema limayanum (Lesson, 1830), D. kermatoides (Orbigny, 1835), and Lymnaea viatrix Orbigny, 1835, besides B. tenagophila (Orbigny, 1835), Helisoma trivolvis (Say, 1817), H. duryi (Wetherby, 1879), Physa acuta Draparnaud, 1801, and seemingly P. peruviana Gray, 1828. B. pucaraensis is considered a junior synonym of B. peregrina (Orbigny, 1835). PMID:14595453

  2. Planorbidae, lymnaeidae and physidae of Argentina (mollusca: basommatophora).

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    Paraense, W Lobato

    2005-08-01

    In the course of several trips to Argentina I had the opportunity of collecting specimens of Acrorbis petricola Odhner,1937, Biomphalaria orbignyi Paraense, 1975, B. peregrina (Orbigny, 1835), B. tenagophila (Orbigny, 1835) Lymnaea viatrix Orbigny, 1835, Antillorbis nordestensis (Lucena, 1954), B. intermedia (Paraense & Deslandes, 1962), B. oligoza Paraense, 1974, B. straminea (Dunker, 1848), Drepanotrema anatinum (Orbigny, 1835), D. cimex (Moricand, 1837), D. depressissimum (Moricand, 1837), D. heloicum (Orbigny, 1835), D. kermatoides (Orbigny, 1835), D. lucidum (Pfeiffer, 1839), L. columella Say, 1817, Physa acuta Draparnaud, 1805, and P. marmorata Guilding, 1828. PMID:16184226

  3. Planorbidae, Lymnaeidae and Physidae of Ecuador (Mollusca: Basommatophora).

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    Paraense, W Lobato

    2004-06-01

    In the course of a trip to Ecuador I had the opportunity of collecting topotypic specimens of the following nominal species of pulmonate molluscs: Biomphalaria cousini Paraense, 1966; Planorbis equatorius Cousin, 1887; P. canonicus Cousin, 1887; Lymnaea cousini Jousseaume, 1887 and P. boetzkesi Miller, 1879. Additional findings were: Helisoma trivolvis (Say, 1817), Biomphalaria peregrina (Orbigny 1835), Drepanotrema anatinum (Orbigny, 1835), D. kermatoides (Orbigny, 1835), D. lucidum (Pfeiffer, 1839), D. surinamense (Clessin, 1884), Lymnaea columella Say, 1817 and Physa acuta Draparnaud, 1805. P. boetzkesi and P. canonicus are considered junior synonyms of Gyraulus hindsianus (Dunker, 1848) and Biomphalaria peregrina (Orbigny, 1835), respectively. PMID:15322623

  4. Planorbidae, Lymnaeidae and Physidae of Peru (Mollusca: Basommatophora)

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    W. Lobato Paraense

    2003-01-01

    In the course of several trips to Peru I had the opportunity of collecting topotypic specimens of Biomphalaria andecola (Orbigny, 1835), B. helophila (Orbigny, 1835), B. pucaraensis (Preston, 1909), Drepanotrema limayanum (Lesson, 1830), D. kermatoides (Orbigny, 1835), and Lymnaea viatrix Orbigny, 1835, besides B. tenagophila (Orbigny, 1835), Helisoma trivolvis (Say, 1817), H. duryi (Wetherby, 1879), Physa acuta Draparnaud, 1801, and seemingly P. peruviana Gray, 1828. B. pucaraensis is consid...

  5. Planorbidae, Lymnaeidae and Physidae of Peru (Mollusca: Basommatophora)

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    W Lobato, Paraense.

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available In the course of several trips to Peru I had the opportunity of collecting topotypic specimens of Biomphalaria andecola (Orbigny, 1835), B. helophila (Orbigny, 1835), B. pucaraensis (Preston, 1909), Drepanotrema limayanum (Lesson, 1830), D. kermatoides (Orbigny, 1835), and Lymnaea viatrix Orbigny, 1 [...] 835, besides B. tenagophila (Orbigny, 1835), Helisoma trivolvis (Say, 1817), H. duryi (Wetherby, 1879), Physa acuta Draparnaud, 1801, and seemingly P. peruviana Gray, 1828. B. pucaraensis is considered a junior synonym of B. peregrina (Orbigny, 1835).

  6. Planorbidae, Lymnaeidae and Physidae of Ecuador (Mollusca: Basommatophora)

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    2004-01-01

    In the course of a trip to Ecuador I had the opportunity of collecting topotypic specimens of the following nominal species of pulmonate molluscs: Biomphalaria cousini Paraense, 1966; Planorbis equatorius Cousin, 1887; P. canonicus Cousin, 1887; Lymnaea cousini Jousseaume, 1887 and P. boetzkesi Miller, 1879. Additional findings were: Helisoma trivolvis (Say, 1817), Biomphalaria peregrina (Orbigny 1835), Drepanotrema anatinum (Orbigny, 1835), D. kermatoides (Orbigny, 1835), D. lucidum (Pfeiffe...

  7. Planorbidae, Lymnaeidae and Physidae of Argentina (Mollusca: Basommatophora

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    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available In the course of several trips to Argentina I had the opportunity of collecting specimens of Acrorbis petricola Odhner,1937, Biomphalaria orbignyi Paraense, 1975, B. peregrina (Orbigny, 1835, B. tenagophila (Orbigny, 1835 Lymnaea viatrix Orbigny, 1835, Antillorbis nordestensis (Lucena, 1954, B. intermedia (Paraense & Deslandes, 1962, B. oligoza Paraense, 1974, B. straminea (Dunker, 1848, Drepanotrema anatinum (Orbigny, 1835, D. cimex (Moricand, 1837, D. depressissimum (Moricand, 1837, D. heloicum (Orbigny, 1835, D. kermatoides (Orbigny, 1835, D. lucidum (Pfeiffer, 1839, L. columella Say, 1817, Physa acuta Draparnaud, 1805, and P. marmorata Guilding, 1828.

  8. Planorbidae, Lymnaeidae and Physidae of Peru (Mollusca: Basommatophora

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    Paraense W Lobato

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available In the course of several trips to Peru I had the opportunity of collecting topotypic specimens of Biomphalaria andecola (Orbigny, 1835, B. helophila (Orbigny, 1835, B. pucaraensis (Preston, 1909, Drepanotrema limayanum (Lesson, 1830, D. kermatoides (Orbigny, 1835, and Lymnaea viatrix Orbigny, 1835, besides B. tenagophila (Orbigny, 1835, Helisoma trivolvis (Say, 1817, H. duryi (Wetherby, 1879, Physa acuta Draparnaud, 1801, and seemingly P. peruviana Gray, 1828. B. pucaraensis is considered a junior synonym of B. peregrina (Orbigny, 1835.

  9. Novas ocorrências de gastrópodes e bivalves marinhos no Brasil (Mollusca

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    Absalão Ricardo Silva

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The gastropods Costaclis egregia (Dall, 1889, Thaleia nisonis (Dall, 1889, Tjaernoeia michaeli Engl, 2001 and the bivalves Bathyarca sp., Myonera aff. ruginosa (Jeffreys, 1882 are recorded for the first time in Brazilian waters. This paper presents a brief description of these species and also include ilustrations.

  10. A new species of Anna (Mollusca: Neogastropoda: Buccinidae) from Brazil

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    José, Coltro; Ana Paula S., Dornellas.

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    Full Text Available Anna capixaba, a new species found in depths of 45-60 m off the coast of the state of Espírito Santo, southeastern Brazil, is herein described. The new species is mainly characterized by a teleoconch of 4.5 whorls, weakly demarcated from the protoconch; sculptured by rounded, prominent, narrowly-sep [...] arated, spiral threads; outer lip with 5-6 teeth, posterior tooth stronger; columella with two plicae, smooth.

  11. p63 gene structure in the phylum mollusca.

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    Bari?evi?, Ana; Štifani?, Mauro; Hamer, Bojan; Batel, Renato

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    Roles of p53 family ancestor (p63) in the organisms' response to stressful environmental conditions (mainly pollution) have been studied among molluscs, especially in the genus Mytilus, within the last 15years. Nevertheless, information about gene structure of this regulatory gene in molluscs is scarce. Here we report the first complete genomic structure of the p53 family orthologue in the mollusc Mediterranean mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis and confirm its similarity to vertebrate p63 gene. Our searches within the available molluscan genomes (Aplysia californica, Lottia gigantea, Crassostrea gigas and Biomphalaria glabrata), found only one p53 family member present in a single copy per haploid genome. Comparative analysis of those orthologues, additionally confirmed the conserved p63 gene structure. Conserved p63 gene structure can be a helpful tool to complement or/and revise gene annotations of any future p63 genomic sequence records in molluscs, but also in other animal phyla. Knowledge of the correct gene structure will enable better prediction of possible protein isoforms and their functions. Our analyses also pointed out possible mis-annotations of the p63 gene in sequenced molluscan genomes and stressed the value of manual inspection (based on alignments of cDNA and protein onto the genome sequence) for a reliable and complete gene annotation. PMID:25936268

  12. Ophieulima (Mollusca, prosobranchia), a new genus of ophiuroid parasites

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    1981-01-01

    Le genre Ophieulima a été créé pour StilifeT minima DALI., 1927, qui a été découvert sous forme de parasite de l'Ophiure Ophiactis abyssicola (M. SARS). O. minima a une larve planctonique et est distribuée des deux côtés de l'océan Atlantique Nord. Les sexes sont séparés et la femelle attache les capsules ovigères à la coquille du mâle. Le gastéropode est attaché à la face dorsale de l'hôte par un organe en forme de 'tuyère' et introduit son proboscis à l'intérieur du c...

  13. Yochelcionella (Mollusca, Helcionelloida from the lower Cambrian of North America

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    Atkins C J

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Five named species of the helcionelloid mollusc genus Yochelcionella Runnegar & Pojeta, 1974 are recognized from the lower Cambrian (Cambrian Series 2 of North America: Yochelcionella erecta (Walcott, 1891, Y. americana Runnegar &Pojeta, 1980, Y. chinensis Pei, 1985, Y. greenlandica Atkins & Peel, 2004 and Y. gracilis Atkins & Peel, 2004, linking lower Cambrian outcrops along the present north-eastern seaboard. Yochelcionella erecta, an Avalonian species, is described for the first time; other species are derived from Laurentia. A revised concept of the Chinese species, Y. chinensis, is based mainly on a large sample from the Forteau Formation of western Newfoundland and the species may have stratigraphic utility between Cambrian palaeocontinents.

  14. Gundlachia dutrae: n. sp. from northwest Brazil (Mollusca: Basommatophora: Ancylidae)

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    Sonia Barbosa dos, Santos.

    1994-06-01

    Full Text Available A new species of Gundlachia, Gundlachia dutrae is described from northwest Brazil. It is distinguishable from other congenerie species by characteristics of the shell, radula and internal organs. Shell relatively high. Aperture near-circular; periostracum dark brown without periostracal hairs. Ape [...] x slightly inclined to the right, projected but not hooked, with an apical depression surrounted by a sculpture of well-marked irregular punctations. Shell surface with prominent radial sculpture. No septate specimens were observed. Ratios (n= 59): shell width/shell lenght = 0,66- 0,79 (mean 0,73); shell height/shell length = 0,32- 0,45 ( mean 0,37); shell height/shell width = 0,43- 0,63 (mean 0,51). Body of normal ancylid type; mantle pigmentation dark brown or black, concentrated along the mantle collar. The dorsal surface of the right anterior muscle is elongated and medially constricted. The left anterior and the posterior muscles are almost elliptical. Adhesive area is V-shaped. Pseudobranch unpigmented bearing a very small and thin dorsal lobe. Ovotestis with more than 25 unbranched diverticula. Ovispermiduct with seminal vesicle rather developed. Elongated nidamental gland continous with the glandular wall of the uterus. Nidamental gland appendix ending into a bulbous swelling Spermathecal body almost rounded. Well-developed prostate with five long diverticula. Ejaculatory complex with long glandular flagellum, without a penis or true ultra-penis. "Penis sheath" developed. "Ultra-penis" projected as a tube inside the lumem of prepuce, with a slit between "ultra-penis" and "penis sheath". Rachidian tooth tetracuspid, with two median cusps assymmetrical and aculeated. Lateral teeth tricuspid, with a reduced endocon and a prominent mesocon. A well marked gap occurs between meso and ectocon. Marginal teeth similar to lateral ones. Jaw T-shaped, with about 28 dorsal plates.

  15. Planorbidae, Lymnaeidae and Physidae of Ecuador (Mollusca: Basommatophora)

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    W Lobato, Paraense.

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available In the course of a trip to Ecuador I had the opportunity of collecting topotypic specimens of the following nominal species of pulmonate molluscs: Biomphalaria cousini Paraense, 1966; Planorbis equatorius Cousin, 1887; P. canonicus Cousin, 1887; Lymnaea cousini Jousseaume, 1887 and P. boetzkesi Mill [...] er, 1879. Additional findings were: Helisoma trivolvis (Say, 1817), Biomphalaria peregrina (Orbigny 1835), Drepanotrema anatinum (Orbigny, 1835), D. kermatoides (Orbigny, 1835), D. lucidum (Pfeiffer, 1839), D. surinamense (Clessin, 1884), Lymnaea columella Say, 1817 and Physa acuta Draparnaud, 1805. P. boetzkesi and P. canonicus are considered junior synonyms of Gyraulus hindsianus (Dunker, 1848) and Biomphalaria peregrina (Orbigny, 1835), respectively.

  16. Planorbidae, Lymnaeidae and Physidae of Argentina (Mollusca: Basommatophora)

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    W Lobato, Paraense.

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available In the course of several trips to Argentina I had the opportunity of collecting specimens of Acrorbis petricola Odhner,1937, Biomphalaria orbignyi Paraense, 1975, B. peregrina (Orbigny, 1835), B. tenagophila (Orbigny, 1835) Lymnaea viatrix Orbigny, 1835, Antillorbis nordestensis (Lucena, 1954), B. i [...] ntermedia (Paraense & Deslandes, 1962), B. oligoza Paraense, 1974, B. straminea (Dunker, 1848), Drepanotrema anatinum (Orbigny, 1835), D. cimex (Moricand, 1837), D. depressissimum (Moricand, 1837), D. heloicum (Orbigny, 1835), D. kermatoides (Orbigny, 1835), D. lucidum (Pfeiffer, 1839), L. columella Say, 1817, Physa acuta Draparnaud, 1805, and P. marmorata Guilding, 1828.

  17. Novas ocorrências de gastrópodes e bivalves marinhos no Brasil (Mollusca) / New records of marine gastropods and bivalves from Brazil (Mollusca)

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    Ricardo Silva, Absalão; Carlos Henrique Soares, Caetano; Alexandre Dias, Pimenta.

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english The gastropods Costaclis egregia (Dall, 1889), Thaleia nisonis (Dall, 1889), Tjaernoeia michaeli Engl, 2001 and the bivalves Bathyarca sp., Myonera aff. ruginosa (Jeffreys, 1882) are recorded for the first time in Brazilian waters. This paper presents a brief description of these species and also in [...] clude ilustrations.

  18. Hermaphroditism in Marine Mussel Perumytilus purpuratus (Lamarck, 1819), (Mollusca: Mytilidae) / Hermafroditismo en el Chorito Perumytilus purpuratus (Lamarck, 1819), (Mollusca: Mytilidae)

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    Diana, Montenegro Villalobos; Alberto, Olivares Paz; María Teresa, González.

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    Full Text Available Los bivalvos marinos son principalmente especies gonocoricas. Sin embargo, ocasionales especímenes hermafroditas pueden encontrarse. Una descripción histológica de dos (de 179) especímenes hermafroditas del chorito Perumytilus purpuratus (Lamarck, 1819) es registrada, los que fueron colectados en la [...] bahía de San Jorge (24S). La baja proporción de hermafroditas de Perumytilus purpuratus sugiere que podría ser un fenómeno accidental, aun así otras posibles causas son discutidas en el presente estudio. Abstract in english Marine bivalves are essentially gonochoric species. However, some occasional hermaphrodites specimens can be found. A histological description of two (among 179) hermaphrodites of the marine mussel Perumytilus purpuratus (Lamarck, 1819) that were collected in San Jorge Bay (24S) is given. The low pr [...] oportion of hermaphrodites suggests that P. purpuratus hermaphroditism could be an accidental phenomenon; nevertheless other causes are also discussed in the present study.

  19. Primer registro de Dondice parguerensis (Mollusca: Favorinidae) para Venezuela / First record of Dondice parguerensis (Mollusca: Favorinidae) in Venezuela

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    Joany, Mariño; Edixon, Farfán; Manuel, Caballer.

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Se cita por primera vez para Venezuela el aeolidaceo Dondice parguerensis Brandon y Cutress, 1985, parásito de los cnidarios Cassiopea xamachana Bigelow, 1892 y Cassiopea frondosa (Pallas, 1774), hasta ahora sólo conocido de Puerto Rico, Panamá y Bermudas. [...] Abstract in english The presence of the aeolidacean Dondice parguerensis Brandon and Cutress, 1985, parasite of the cnidaria Cassiopea xamachana Bigelow, 1892 and Cassiopea frondosa (Pallas, 1774) is recorded for the first time in Venezuela. It was previously recorded in Puerto Rico, Panama and Bermuda. [...

  20. Hermaphroditism in Marine Mussel Perumytilus purpuratus (Lamarck, 1819, (Mollusca: Mytilidae Hermafroditismo en el Chorito Perumytilus purpuratus (Lamarck, 1819, (Mollusca: Mytilidae

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    Diana Montenegro Villalobos

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Marine bivalves are essentially gonochoric species. However, some occasional hermaphrodites specimens can be found. A histological description of two (among 179 hermaphrodites of the marine mussel Perumytilus purpuratus (Lamarck, 1819 that were collected in San Jorge Bay (24S is given. The low proportion of hermaphrodites suggests that P. purpuratus hermaphroditism could be an accidental phenomenon; nevertheless other causes are also discussed in the present study.Los bivalvos marinos son principalmente especies gonocoricas. Sin embargo, ocasionales especímenes hermafroditas pueden encontrarse. Una descripción histológica de dos (de 179 especímenes hermafroditas del chorito Perumytilus purpuratus (Lamarck, 1819 es registrada, los que fueron colectados en la bahía de San Jorge (24S. La baja proporción de hermafroditas de Perumytilus purpuratus sugiere que podría ser un fenómeno accidental, aun así otras posibles causas son discutidas en el presente estudio.

  1. Histological Description of Oogenesis in Chiton virgulatus (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) / Descripción Histológica de la Ovogénesis de Chiton virgulatus (Mollusca: Polyplacophora)

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    Nurenskaya, Vélez-Arellano; Mineko, Shibayama; Esperanza, Ortíz-Ordoñez; Angélica, Silva-Olivares; Marcial, Arellano-Martínez; Federico, García-Domínguez.

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    Full Text Available En el presente trabajo se describe la ovogénesis de Chiton virgulatus, utilizando histología y las técnicas de microscopía electrónica de barrido y de transmisión. Se identificaron tres tipos de ovocitos: i) ovocitos previtelogénicos con un diámetro promedio de 50±20,5 µm, rodeados por células folic [...] ulares de forma alargada y un tamaño de aproximadamente 5 µm, ii) ovocitos vitelogénicos inmaduros con un diámetro promedio de 113±15,3 µm, este tipo de ovocitos presentan pequeñas proyecciones citoplasmáticas, que indican el inicio del desarrollo del casco del ovocito. Adyacentes a cada prolongación se presentan poros con un diámetro aproximado de 0,7 µm y iii) ovocitos vitelogénicos maduros con un diámetro promedio de 146±24,8 µm, las proyecciones citoplasmáticas del casco del ovocito crecen y en su parte apical adquieren la forma de un tridente, las células foliculares, dado el crecimiento de la prolongación toman el aspecto bulboso y llegan a medir hasta 20 µm de longitud. La morfología y la ultraestructura de las proyecciones del casco del ovocito vitelogénico maduro, así como el tamaño del poro en la base de las proyecciones son particulares para C. virgulatus, dichas características podrían ser utilizadas en trabajos de taxonomía y fertilización. Abstract in english This paper describes the oogenesis of Chiton virgulatus, based on histological observations under transmission and scanning electron microscopy. Three oocyte types were identified: i) previtellogenic oocytes with a mean diameter of 50±20.5 µm, surrounded by elongated follicular cells of approximatel [...] y 5 µm, ii) immature vitellogenic oocytes with a mean diameter of 113±15.3 µm and small cytoplasmic projections denoting the onset of the oocyte hull development; adjacent to each projection are pores approximately 0.7 µm in diameter, and iii) mature vitellogenic oocytes with a mean diameter of 146±24.8 µm; the oocyte cytoplasmic projections grow and its apical zone becomes trident-shaped; follicular cells adopt a bulbous shape due to the growth of the elongation and can reach up to 20 µm in length. The morphology and ultrastructure of the projections of the mature vitellogenic oocyte, as well as the size of pores at their base, are specific to C. virgulatus; therefore, these features could be used in taxonomic or fertilization studies.

  2. Primer registro de Doto chica (Mollusca: Dotidae) en Venezuela / First record of Doto chica (Mollusca: Dotidae) in Venezuela

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    Roberta, Crescini; William, Villalba; Makcim, De Sisto.

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    Full Text Available Se cita por primera vez para Venezuela el dótido Doto chica Ev. Marcus y Er. Marcus, 1960 encontrado sobre hojas de Thalassia testudinum. Ha sido citado para Florida, Curaçao, Puerto Rico, Cuba, México y Costa Rica. [...] Abstract in english The presence of Doto chica Ev. Marcus and Er. Marcus, 1960 is recorded for the first time in Venezuela, found on Thalassia testudinum leaves. It has been recorded in Florida, Curaçao Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico and Costa Rica. [...

  3. Primer registro de Favorinus auritulus (Mollusca: Facelinidae) para Venezuela / First record of Favorinus auritulus (Mollusca: Facelinidae) in Venezuela

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    William, Villalba; Roberta, Crescini.

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    Full Text Available Se cita por primera vez para Venezuela Favorinus auritulus E. Marcus, 1955, el cual fue encontrado junto a posturas de otros moluscos en parches de la fanerógama marina Thalassia testidunum en la laguna de La Restinga, isla de Margarita, Venezuela. Esta especie ha sido previamente citada para Estado [...] s Unidos (Florida), Bermuda, Bahamas, Cuba (Pinar del Río), Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Antigua, Trinidad y Tobago (Tobago), Curazao y Brasil. Abstract in english Favorinus auritulus E. Marcus, 1955 is recorded for the first time in Venezuela. Specimens were found next of other mollusks eggs species on patches of Thalassia testudinum seagrass in the lagoon La Restinga, Margarita island Venezuela. F. auritulus has been previously recorded in USA (Florida), Ber [...] muda, Bahamas, Cuba (Pinar del Río), Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Antigua, Trinidad y Tobago (Tobago), Curazao and Brazil.

  4. Hermafroditismo Funcional de la Gónada de Fissurella crassa (Mollusca: Fissurellidae) / Functional Hermaphrodite Gonad in Fissurella crassa (Mollusca: Fissurellidae)

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    Alberto, Olivares Paz; David, Jofré Madariaga; Carlos, Alvarez Mazú; Eduardo, Bustos-Obregón.

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    Full Text Available La costa del Pacífico sudoriental es el hábitat de las 13 especies de lapas descritas del subgénero Fissurella Brugière. En estas especies no existe dimorfismo sexual, los animales son dioicos, el sexo se reconoce explorando directa o indirectamente las gónadas y no tienen procesos de reversión sexu [...] al. La presencia de un organismo de Fissurella crassa con gónada formada por porciones de ovario y otras de testículo con capacidad para generar óvulos y espermatozoides, evidencia la potencialidad que los organismos de Fissurella poseen para desarrollar el hermafroditismo funcional. Sin embargo, el presente hallazgo no permite inferir si el agente desencadenante del desarrollo sincrónico funcional de la gónada hermafrodita es un factor endógeno y/o asociado a algún evento exógeno medio ambiental. Abstract in english The coast of the Southeastern Pacific is the habitat for 13 species of described keyhole limpets of the subgenus Fissurella Brugière. In these species sexual dimorphism does not exist, the animals are dioicos, the sex is recognized exploring directly or indirectly the gonads and they do not have pro [...] cesses of sexual reversion. The presence of an organism Fissurella crassa with portions of ovary and testicle with ability to generate ova and sperms, demonstrates the potential that Fissurella's organisms possess to develop functional hermaphroditism. Nevertheless, the present find does not allow to infer if the trigger agent of the synchronous functional development of the hermaphrodite gonad is a factor endogenous and / or associated with any exogenous environmental event.

  5. Diagnóstico pesquero de Chiton articulatus (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) en Acapulco, México / Fisheries diagnostic of Chiton articulatus (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) at Acapulco, Mexico

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    Sergio, García-Ibáñez; Rafael, Flores-Garza; Pedro, Flores-Rodríguez; Juan, Violante-González; Arcadio, Valdés-González; Francis Giovani, Olea-de la Cruz.

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    Full Text Available Los quitones son moluscos marinos con un gran pie muscular que les permite amoldarse a superficies irregulares. Algunas especies como Chiton articulatus, se utilizan para el consumo humano. Durante abril, julio y diciembre de 2009, 2010 y 2011, se realizó un diagnóstico de su pesca en Acapulco, Méxi [...] co. Se registró la abundancia total de captura, tallas y pesos de ejemplares capturados en pesca artesanal. En octubre y diciembre 2009 así como febrero y abril 2010, se realizaron muestreos biológicos de la especie para analizar relaciones biométricas de la longitud total con la longitud y peso del pie. Se obtuvieron dos modelos para estimar la longitud total. Se registraron 4.007 pies de la especie. Con el modelo lineal se estimaron longitudes del organismo entre 39,75 y 48,27 mm; con el modelo potencial se encontraron entre 43,09 y 54,97 mm. En una escala de tiempo, ambas estimaciones presentaron una tendencia de disminución anual del promedio de longitud. La pesca de C. articulatus puede considerarse como artesanal. La cantidad y tallas de captura se relacionaron con la temporada climática. Ante la falta de una estrategia de manejo sostenido del recurso, la pesca no regulada puede generar cambios poblacionales de la especie y afectar la estructura y dinámica de la comunidad de organismos intermareales. Abstract in english Chitons are marine mollusks morphologically composed of a large muscular foot which allows them to conform to irregular surfaces. Few species as Chiton articulatus are used for human consumption. During April, July and December of 2009, 2010 and 2011, an evaluation was conducted on C. articulatus at [...] Acapulco, Mexico. Number, size and weight of individuals caught in fishing were recorded. Simultaneously, during October and December 2009, February and April 2010, field work was carried at 4 locations to record the amount, size and weight of individuals caught for biometric analysis of the total length versus foot length and foot weight. Two models were obtained to estimate the total length. There were 4,007 C. articulatus feet acquired; the linear model estimated lengths from 39.75 to 48.27 mm; and the potential model calculated lengths from 43.09 to 54.97 mm. On a time scale, both estimates showed a trend of decreasing the annual arithmetic mean captured. The caught of C. articulatus in Acapulco can be considered as coastal artisanal fisheries. Furthermore, the variations in amount and sizes of the specimens were related to capture and weather season. Unregulated fishing effort may impact the population dynamics affecting the community structure and dynamics on the rocky shore.

  6. Sessile and sedentary macrofauna from the Pirapama Shipwreck, Pernambuco, Brazil / Macrofauna séssil e sedentária do Naufrágio Pirapama, Pernambuco, Brasil

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    Simone Maria de Albuquerque, Lira; Cristiane Maria Rocha, Farrapeira; Fernanda Maria Duarte, Amaral; Carla Alecrim Colaço, Ramos.

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    Full Text Available Naufrágios são classificados como ambientes recifais artificiais, estruturas imersas em ecossistemas aquáticos (principalmente marinhos) que fornecem abrigo, substratos consolidados, áreas de crescimento, alimentação e de berçário. Este estudo objetivou pesquisar a biodiversidade bentônica animal do [...] Naufrágio Pirapama, localizado a 23 m de profundidade e a seis milhas do Porto de Recife. Entre 2001 e 2007 mergulhos autônomos foram realizados para coletar, observar e fotografar as espécies. No laboratório, o material foi posteriormente classificado e identificado. Um total de 76 táxons foi registrado para a fauna séssil e sedentária, pertencentes aos seguintes filos: Porifera (Demospongiae e Calcarea), Cnidaria (Hydrozoa e Anthozoa), Mollusca (Bivalvia e Gastropoda), Annelida (Polychaeta), Arthropoda (Cirripedia), Bryozoa (Gymnolaemata), Echinodermata (Asteroidea e Echinoidea), e Chordata (Ascidiacea). A maior quantidade de espécies foi de Porifera e Bryozoa, com 13 espécies listadas para cada um. Onze novas ocorrências foram registradas para o Estado de Pernambuco, o hidróide Halopteris polymorpha e dez espécies de briozoários, uma deles sendo o primeiro registro para o Brasil (Scrupocellaria curacaoensis). A biodiversidade do Pirapama foi considerada típica quando comparada com a de outros naufrágios que foram estudados no mundo. Abstract in english Shipwrecks are considered artificial reef environments - structures immersed in aquatic environments (especially marine ones) that provide fauna with shelter, hard substrates, food and nursery areas. This study aimed to survey the benthic animal biodiversity of the Pirapama shipwreck, located 23 m d [...] eep and six miles off Recife harbor. From 2001 to 2007, species were observed, photographed and collected through scuba diving. The material was later sorted and identified in the laboratory. A total of 76 sessile and sedentary animal taxa were recorded belonging to the following phyla: Porifera (Demospongiae and Calcarea), Cnidaria (Hydrozoa and Anthozoa), Mollusca (Bivalvia and Gastropoda), Annelida (Polychaeta), Arthropoda (Cirripedia), Bryozoa (Gymnolaemata), Echinodermata (Asteroidea and Echinoidea), and Chordata (Ascidiacea). The greatest richness was for Porifera and Bryozoa - 13 listed species for each. Eleven new occurrences were recorded for the state of Pernambuco, the hydroid Halopteris polymorpha and ten bryozoan species, one of them being the first record for Brazil (Scrupocellaria curacaoensis). The Pirapama's biodiversity was considered typical when compared to other shipwrecks that have been studied around the world.

  7. Effects of 4-nonylphenol on benthic macroinvertebrates and insect emergence in littoral enclosures

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    Schmude, K.L.; Liber, K.; Corry, T.D. [Univ. of Wisconsin, Superior, WI (United States). Lake Superior Research Inst.; Stay, F.S. [Environmental Protection Agency, Duluth, MN (United States). Mid-Continent Ecology Div.

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    The effect of 4-nonylphenol (NP) on benthic, freshwater macroinvertebrates in littoral enclosures was evaluated over a 2-year period. Enclosures received 11 NP applications, 48 h apart, with nominal rates of 3, 30, 100, and 300 {micro}g/L. Mean measured peak concentrations in integrated water column samples over the 20-d application period were 5 {+-} 4, 23 {+-} 11, 76 {+-} 21, and 243 {+-} 41 {micro}g/L NP. Concentrations of NP in the water column decreased rapidly after the last application. Maximum NP concentrations measured in sediments, pore water, and macrophytes of a 300-{micro}g/L enclosure were 27.4 mg/kg, 29.9 {micro}g/L, and 89.6 mg/kg, respectively. The most abundant macroinvertebrate groups, Chironomidae, Oligochaeta, and Mollusca, decreased in abundance after application. Effects on Mollusca were the most severe. Their numbers were significantly reduced at the highest treatment throughout most of the study. Oligochaetes and chironomids were also significantly reduced at the highest treatment, but populations recovered within 6 weeks. Snails and naidid oligochaetes were slightly affected at the second highest treatment (76 {+-} 21 {micro}g/L NP). Insect emergence was reduced during and immediately post-application, but the effects were likely caused or compounded by a surfactant sheen on the surface of the water that interfered with emergence and/or oviposition. The observed effects on the benthic community were most likely due to exposure from the water, although more persistent macrophyte-associated residues may have contributed to effects on Gastropoda, Naididae, and Tanytarsini. Macrophyte-associated NP residues may pose a small risk to benthic organisms, but it is probably minor compared to water exposures. The no-observed and lowest-observed-effect concentration for the benthic community was 23 {+-} 11 and 76 {+-} 21 {micro}g/L NP, respectively.

  8. Functional chloroplasts in metazoan cells - a unique evolutionary strategy in animal life

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    Krug Patrick J

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Among metazoans, retention of functional diet-derived chloroplasts (kleptoplasty is known only from the sea slug taxon Sacoglossa (Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia. Intracellular maintenance of plastids in the slug's digestive epithelium has long attracted interest given its implications for understanding the evolution of endosymbiosis. However, photosynthetic ability varies widely among sacoglossans; some species have no plastid retention while others survive for months solely on photosynthesis. We present a molecular phylogenetic hypothesis for the Sacoglossa and a survey of kleptoplasty from representatives of all major clades. We sought to quantify variation in photosynthetic ability among lineages, identify phylogenetic origins of plastid retention, and assess whether kleptoplasty was a key character in the radiation of the Sacoglossa. Results Three levels of photosynthetic activity were detected: (1 no functional retention; (2 short-term retention lasting about one week; and (3 long-term retention for over a month. Phylogenetic analysis of one nuclear and two mitochondrial loci revealed reciprocal monophyly of the shelled Oxynoacea and shell-less Plakobranchacea, the latter comprising a monophyletic Plakobranchoidea and paraphyletic Limapontioidea. Only species in the Plakobranchoidea expressed short- or long-term kleptoplasty, most belonging to a speciose clade of slugs bearing parapodia (lateral flaps covering the dorsum. Bayesian ancestral character state reconstructions indicated that functional short-term retention arose once in the last common ancestor of Plakobranchoidea, and independently evolved into long-term retention in four derived species. Conclusion We propose a sequential progression from short- to long-term kleptoplasty, with different adaptations involved in each step. Short-term kleptoplasty likely arose as a deficiency in plastid digestion, yielding additional energy via the release of fixed carbon. Functional short-term retention was an apomorphy of the Plakobranchoidea, but the subsequent evolution of parapodia enabled slugs to protect kleptoplasts against high irradiance and further prolong plastid survival. We conclude that functional short-term retention was necessary but not sufficient for an adaptive radiation in the Plakobranchoidea, especially in the genus Elysia which comprises a third of all sacoglossan species. The adaptations necessary for long-term chloroplast survival arose independently in species feeding on different algal hosts, providing a valuable study system for examining the parallel evolution of this unique trophic strategy.

  9. The influence of trematodes on the macroalgae consumption by the common periwinkle Littorina littorea

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    Clausen, Karin T.; Larsen, Martin H.

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    Trematodes are ubiquitous elements of coastal ecosystems that commonly modify the phenotype of their invertebrate hosts, often with ramifications to higher levels of ecological organization. In this context, trematode infections have been suggested to reduce the consumption of the herbivorous gastropod Littorina littorea (L.) (Mollusca: Gastropoda), in turn affecting the composition of the macroalgal community on which the snail grazes. Here, we examine the effect of two species of trematodes, Renicola roscovita and Himasthla elongata, on L. littorea's consumption in two outdoor microcosm experiments offering the snails two different ephemeral green algae species as a food source. Our results show that, irrespective of the species of parasite and food source, infection decreases consumption: uninfected snails consumed up to 65% more macroalgal biomass than infected snails. Aside from infection status, gender and size also influenced the snails' consumption rate significantly. The differing histopathological impacts of the two species of trematodes on the hosts' gonad-digestive gland complex (in which the parasites reside), suggests that parasitic castration is a likely mechanism for the reduced energy demand of infected periwinkles. Together with existing evidence, our investigation suggests that trematodes in general depress the grazing activity of L. littorea, and that the resulting community regulation occurs throughout the snails' distributional range.

  10. Feeding pattern and use of reproductive habitat of the Striped toad Rhinella crucifer (Anura: Bufonidae from Southeastern Brazil

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    Rodrigo B. Ferreira

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Diet composition, foraging mode, and using of reproductive habitat of Rhinella crucifer was studied in an artificial pond in Espírito Santo, Brazil. The favored substrate was leaf litter, followed by Cyperaceae/Poaceae. Calling sites, preferred for 23.3 % (n = 7 of the observed toads, were within the water, with only the head not submerged. We analyzed a total of 61 specimens, mainly males (98.5% male and 1.5% female. Seven categories of prey were found in the stomach contents: Coleoptera, Hymenoptera (Formicidae, Isoptera, Lepidoptera, Orthoptera, Gastropoda (Mollusca, Opilionida (Arachnida. Our studies indicate that the diet of Rhinella crucifer consists mainly of terrestrial colonial arthropods. Formicidae was the predominant food item in frequency of occurrence, number of prey and weight. Isoptera and Coleoptera were also relevant in terms of weight. Neither large ontogenetic dietary nor seasonal shifts were observed in the population studied. Our results suggest that no intraspecific food resource partitioning occurs in adult or juveniles. Rhinella crucifer adults avoid competition inhabiting different home range habitats and seem to be ant-specialist with a wide foraging mode.

  11. Conquiliomorfologia de Tamayoa (Tamayops) banghaasi (Thiele) (Gastropoda, Systrophiidae) / Conchomorphological aspects of Tamayoa (Tamayops) banghaasi (Thiele) (Gastropoda, Systrophiidae) as a contribution to Systrophiidae systematic

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    Daniele Pedrosa, Monteiro; Sônia Barbosa dos, Santos.

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    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english Thirty shells of Tamayoa (Tamayops) banghaasi (Thiele, 1927) from Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro, were analyzed with a stereomicroscop showing the following characteristics: discoid shell, without macrosculptures; ovate-lunate aperture without teeth. Thin, sharp and not-reflected lip; umbilicus with 1/ [...] 5 of the shell's diameter; impressed suture, total whorls from 4 to 5.5; protoconch with 1.5 to 2 whorls; yellowish-amber, translucent and glossy periostracum. The morphology of the shells were discussed, as well as the shell's dimensions. The conchomorphological patterns are important for systematic studies of mollusks and this work presents data that can be used in future studies about the family.

  12. Oligocene pteropods (Gastropoda: Thecosomata) from the Kishima Formation, Saga Prefecture, southwest Japan / Pterópodos (Gastropoda: Thecosomata) del Oligoceno de la Formación Kishima, Prefectura Saga, suroeste de Japón

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    Yusuke, Ando.

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    Full Text Available Se describen cinco especies de dos géneros de pterópodos, Limacina conica (Koenen, 1892), L. hospes Rolle, 1861, L. karasawai nueva especie, Limacina sp. y Creseis kishimaensis nueva especie, correspondientes a la Formación Kishima del Oligoceno en la Prefectura de Saga, al noroeste de Kyushu, suroe [...] ste de Japón. Estas especies representan el primer registro de pterópodos del Oligoceno de Japón. La fauna de pterópodos de la Formación Kishima se caracteriza por la presencia predominante del género Limacina. La fauna de pterópodos del Oligoceno de Japón es discutida brevemente. Abstract in english Five species in two genera of pteropods, Limacina conica (Koenen, 1892), L. hospes Rolle, 1861, L. karasawai new species, Limacina sp. and Creseis kishimaensis new species, are described from the Oligocene Kishima Formation of Saga Prefecture, northwestern Kyushu, southwest Japan. These species cons [...] titute the first Oligocene pteropod record from Japan. The pteropod fauna of the Kishima Formation is characterized by the predominate occurrence of the genus Limacina. The Oligocene pteropod fauna from Japan is briefly discussed.

  13. Microescultura da concha de Rectartemon (Rectartemon depressus (Heynemann (Gastropoda, Stylomatophora, Streptaxidae The microsculpture of the shell of Rectaktbmon (Rectíartemon depressus (Heynemann (Gastropoda, Stylomatophora, Streptaxidae

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    Mônica Picoral

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    Full Text Available The microsculpture of Rectartemon depressus (Heynemann, 1868 shell is described on scanning electron microscope. The generics characteristics are proposed: shell's dorsal sculture formed for ribs striae radial; nuclear whorls smooth; ventral surface of the shell smooth or slightly striate; and as specifics characteristics: the number of ribs striae radial on the last world. The R. (R. depressus presented seven or eight ribs striae radial for millimeter.

  14. The annual reproductive cycle of the snail Megalobulimus abbreviatus (Bequaert, 1948 (Gastropoda, Pulmonata Ciclo reprodutivo anual do caracol Megalobulimus abbreviatus (Bequaert, 1948 (Gastropoda, Pulmonata

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    A. C. M. Horn

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    Full Text Available Morphological changes in the sexual organs of the pulmonates were observed throughout a year and correlated with reproductive-cycle periods. Reproductive-organ weights of the snail Megalobulimus abbreviatus were recorded seasonally and gonad sections were analyzed morphologically. The weights were used to obtain the organosomatic index. Mean oocytic diameter and oocytic maturation index were based on gonad sections. It was concluded that M. abbreviatus is an iteroparous snail whose annual reproductive cycle is characterized by mating and egg laying throughout spring and early summer, and also by reproductive system preparation, occurring over the remainder of the summer until the end of winter, for a new breeding season.Variações morfológicas nos órgãos do sistema reprodutor dos gastrópodes pulmonados são observadas ao longo do ano e podem ser correlacionadas a fases de seu ciclo reprodutivo. A partir dessa observação, a massa dos órgãos do sistema reprodutor do caracol Megalobulimus abbreviatus foi tomada em cada estação do ano e foram obtidas secções histológicas das gônadas. Os valores de massa foram utilizados para a obtenção do índice organo-somático e as secções, para calcular o diâmetro médio dos ovócitos e o índice de maturação ovocitária. Concluímos que M. abbreviatus é um caracol "iteroparous", apresentando ciclo reprodutivo anual caracterizado por acasalamento e oviposição durante a primavera e o início do verão e pela preparação do sistema reprodutor para um nova fase reprodutiva, que se inicia em janeiro e se estende até o final do inverno.

  15. Histologia das glândulas salivares dos Limacoidea e Milacidae (Gastropoda, Pulmonata Histology of the salivary glands of the Limacoidea and Milacidae (Gastropoda, Pulmonata

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    Ana Maria Leal-Zanchet

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    Full Text Available The histology of the salivary glands of six species of Limacoidea, Boettgerilla pallens Simroth, 1912, Deroceras laeve (Müller, 1774, Deroceras reticulatum (Müller, 1774, Deroceras rodnae Grossu & Lupu, 1965, Malacolimax tenellus (Müller, 1774 and Lehmannia marginata (Müller, 1774, and a species of Milacidae, Tandonia budapestensis (Hazay, 1881 is comparatively described herein. In the glandular parenchyme four to five secretory cell types are distinguished and characterised, besides a cell type which is probably undifferentiated. The secretory cell types are classified into two groups, mucous and serous cells. Two types of mucous cells and two to three types of serous cells are distinguished. The salivary glands of the herein studied Limacoidea and Milacidae show a duct system composed of intralobular, interlobular and main ducts, each one presenting a characteristic type of epithelial lining. The results are comparatively discussed with the data available in the literature, in order to verify the correspondence between the different cell types described for other Pulmonata.

  16. Histologia das glândulas salivares dos Limacoidea e Milacidae (Gastropoda, Pulmonata) Histology of the salivary glands of the Limacoidea and Milacidae (Gastropoda, Pulmonata)

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    The histology of the salivary glands of six species of Limacoidea, Boettgerilla pallens Simroth, 1912, Deroceras laeve (Müller, 1774), Deroceras reticulatum (Müller, 1774), Deroceras rodnae Grossu & Lupu, 1965, Malacolimax tenellus (Müller, 1774) and Lehmannia marginata (Müller, 1774), and a species of Milacidae, Tandonia budapestensis (Hazay, 1881) is comparatively described herein. In the glandular parenchyme four to five secretory cell types are distinguished and characterised, besides a c...

  17. Evaluation of the use of Olivella minuta (Gastropoda, Olividae) and Hastula cinerea (Gastropoda, Terebridae) as TBT sentinels for sandy coastal habitats.

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    Petracco, Marcelo; Camargo, Rita Monteiro; Berenguel, Thayana Amorim; de Arruda, Noelle C L Patrício; Del Matto, Lygia A; Amado, Lílian Lund; Corbisier, Thais Navajas; Castro, Ítalo Braga; Turra, Alexander

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    Tributyltin (TBT) contamination is still recorded in the environment even after its ban in antifouling paints. Since most biomonitors of TBT contamination, through imposex evaluation, are hard-bottom gastropods, the identification of soft-bottom sentinels has become useful for regions where rocky shores and coral reefs are absent. Thus, an evaluation of Olivella minuta and Hastula cinerea as monitors of TBT contamination was performed in two sandy beaches located under influence area of São Sebastião harbor (São Paulo state, Brazil), where previous and simultaneous studies have reported environmental contamination by TBT. In addition, the imposex occurrence in H. cinerea was assessed in an area with low marine traffic (Una beach), also located in São Paulo State. A moderate imposex incidence in O. minuta was detected in Pernambuco (% I?=?9.36, RPLI?=?4.49 and RPLIstand?=?4.27) and Barequeçaba (% I?=?2.42, RPLI?=?0.36 and RPLIstand?=?0.81) beaches, indicating TBT contamination. In contrast, more severe levels of imposex were recorded for H. cinerea in Una beach (% I?=?12.45) and mainly in Barequeçaba beach (% I?=?98.92, RPLI?=?26.65). Our results suggest that O. minuta and H. cinerea have good potential as biomonitors for TBT based on their wide geographical distribution, common occurrence in different coastal sediment habitats, easy collection, and association with TBT-contaminated sediments. PMID:26085280

  18. A new species of Leiostracus from Bahia, Brazil (Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Orthalicidae) / Uma nova espécie de Leiostracus da Bahia, Brasil (Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Orthalicidae)

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    Rodrigo B., Salvador; Daniel C., Cavallari.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Uma nova espécie de gastrópode pulmonado foi recentemente coletada em um pequeno fragmento de Mata Atlântica nas vizinhanças de Canavieiras, Bahia, uma área de reconhecida diversidade de moluscos terrestres. Essa espécie é aqui descrita como Leiostracus fetidus sp. nov., podendo ser facilmente ident [...] ificada pelo seu padrão de coloração composto por faixas axiais irregulares, de cor marrom a preto, uma faixa axial avermelhada "separando" o peristômio branco do restante da concha e uma faixa espiral marrom, larga e irregular, contornando a região umbilical. Outras características diagnósticas incluem um tamanho relativamente pequeno, uma proto-dobra columelar e duas leves dobras na região basal da abertura. A presente descoberta é um lembrete de quão pouco essa fauna é conhecida e também um alerta para a conservação desses fragmentos de mata. Abstract in english A remarkable new species of pulmonate snail was recently collected in a small Atlantic Rainforest fragment near the city of Canavieiras, state of Bahia, Brazil, an area known for a high diversity of land snails. It is described herein as Leiostracus fetidus sp. nov. and can be easily identified by i [...] ts color pattern of irregular brown to black axial stripes on a white to yellow background, a reddish axial band "separating" the white peristome from the rest of the shell and a broad brown spiral band surrounding the umbilical region. Other diagnostic features include a relatively small size, a proto columellar fold and two very weak folds delimiting the basal region of the aperture. This discovery is a reminder of how little this fauna is known and also an alarm for proper conservation of these forest fragments.

  19. Estudio Histológico de Boca, Esófago, Estómago e Intestino de Polystira albida (Gastropoda: Turridae) / Histology Study of Mouth, Esophagus, Stomach and Intestine of Polystira albida (Gastropoda: Turridae)

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    Ana Laura, García-López; Esther A, Uria-Galicia; Esperanza, Ortiz-Ordoñez.

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available En la presente investigación se realizó la caracterización histológica del tubo digestivo de Polystira albida (Toxoglossa:Turridae) mediante microscopía óptica, utilizando ejemplares colectados en la Sonda de Campeche. Los resultados del análisis muestran que los labios, la boca y la probóscide pres [...] entan un epitelio cilindrico simple ciliado. La cavidad bucal tiene un epitelio cilindrico estratificado. El esófago presenta un epitelio cilindrico simple con células glandulares granulares acidófilas (naturaleza proteica), y es el sitio donde comienza la digestión. El estómago se divide en tres regiones histológicas, y tiene dos tipos de epitelio, uno cilindrico simple ciliado y otro cilindrico simple; el primero está formado por abundantes células glandulares acidófilas y basófilas (naturaleza proteica y glicoproteica', respectivamente); y el segundo contiene slo células glandulares acidófilas. La glándula digestiva está constituida por adenómeros túbulo-acinosos con células glandulares acidófilas y basófilas, en diferentes grados de secreción y los conductos presentan un epitelio cilindrico ciliado con células glandulares de ambos tipos. El intestino se divide en cinco regiones histológicas, la primera presenta un tiflosol con dos tipos de epitelio, cilindrico simple y cilindrico simple con chapa estriada; y el resto del tracto tiene un epitelio cilindrico simple ciliado con células glandulares granulares acidófilas y pliegues de diferentes tamaños que aumentan o reducen la cavidad del conducto. Se concluye que existen diferencias, principalmente en la región anterior del tubo digestivo (cavidad bucal, esófago y estómago), con respecto a las descripciones generales realizadas para la subclase Prosobranchia Abstract in english In the present investigation it was realized a histological characterization of the digestive tract of Polystira albida (Toxoglossa: Turridae), by using optic microscopy of specimens collected in Sonda de Campeche. Results of analysis show that lips, mouth and proboscis present a simple columnar epi [...] thelium with cilia. Buccal cavity has a stratified columnar epithelium. Esophagus presents a simple columnar epithelium with acidophilic granular glandular cells (proteic nature), and it is the place where digestion starts. Stomach is divided in three histological regions that have two epithelial types, simple columnar with cilia and without one; the first is formed by a lot of acidophilic and basophilic glandular cells (proteic and glycoproteic nature respectively), and the second only contains acidophilic glandular cells. Digestive gland is constituted by tubule-acinous adenomers with acidophilic and basophilic glandular cells in different grades of secretion, and ducts have simple columnar epithelium with cilia and scarcely glandular cells. Intestine is divided in five histological regions, the first presents atyphlosole with two types of epithelium, simple columnar with stratified border; the rest of the tract has simple columnar epithelium with cilia, acidophilic granular glandular cells and folds of different sizes that increase or reduce the cavity duct. Based on previous this, we conclude that in this study exist differences principally in front region of digestive tract (buccal cavity, esophagus and stomach) compared to general descriptions realized for Prosobranchia subclass

  20. Estudio Histológico de Boca, Esófago, Estómago e Intestino de Polystira albida (Gastropoda: Turridae Histology Study of Mouth, Esophagus, Stomach and Intestine of Polystira albida (Gastropoda: Turridae

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    Ana Laura García-López

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available En la presente investigación se realizó la caracterización histológica del tubo digestivo de Polystira albida (Toxoglossa:Turridae mediante microscopía óptica, utilizando ejemplares colectados en la Sonda de Campeche. Los resultados del análisis muestran que los labios, la boca y la probóscide presentan un epitelio cilindrico simple ciliado. La cavidad bucal tiene un epitelio cilindrico estratificado. El esófago presenta un epitelio cilindrico simple con células glandulares granulares acidófilas (naturaleza proteica, y es el sitio donde comienza la digestión. El estómago se divide en tres regiones histológicas, y tiene dos tipos de epitelio, uno cilindrico simple ciliado y otro cilindrico simple; el primero está formado por abundantes células glandulares acidófilas y basófilas (naturaleza proteica y glicoproteica', respectivamente; y el segundo contiene slo células glandulares acidófilas. La glándula digestiva está constituida por adenómeros túbulo-acinosos con células glandulares acidófilas y basófilas, en diferentes grados de secreción y los conductos presentan un epitelio cilindrico ciliado con células glandulares de ambos tipos. El intestino se divide en cinco regiones histológicas, la primera presenta un tiflosol con dos tipos de epitelio, cilindrico simple y cilindrico simple con chapa estriada; y el resto del tracto tiene un epitelio cilindrico simple ciliado con células glandulares granulares acidófilas y pliegues de diferentes tamaños que aumentan o reducen la cavidad del conducto. Se concluye que existen diferencias, principalmente en la región anterior del tubo digestivo (cavidad bucal, esófago y estómago, con respecto a las descripciones generales realizadas para la subclase ProsobranchiaIn the present investigation it was realized a histological characterization of the digestive tract of Polystira albida (Toxoglossa: Turridae, by using optic microscopy of specimens collected in Sonda de Campeche. Results of analysis show that lips, mouth and proboscis present a simple columnar epithelium with cilia. Buccal cavity has a stratified columnar epithelium. Esophagus presents a simple columnar epithelium with acidophilic granular glandular cells (proteic nature, and it is the place where digestion starts. Stomach is divided in three histological regions that have two epithelial types, simple columnar with cilia and without one; the first is formed by a lot of acidophilic and basophilic glandular cells (proteic and glycoproteic nature respectively, and the second only contains acidophilic glandular cells. Digestive gland is constituted by tubule-acinous adenomers with acidophilic and basophilic glandular cells in different grades of secretion, and ducts have simple columnar epithelium with cilia and scarcely glandular cells. Intestine is divided in five histological regions, the first presents atyphlosole with two types of epithelium, simple columnar with stratified border; the rest of the tract has simple columnar epithelium with cilia, acidophilic granular glandular cells and folds of different sizes that increase or reduce the cavity duct. Based on previous this, we conclude that in this study exist differences principally in front region of digestive tract (buccal cavity, esophagus and stomach compared to general descriptions realized for Prosobranchia subclass

  1. A new species of Leiostracus (Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Orthalicoidea) from Espírito Santo, Brazil / Nova espécie de Leiostracus (Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Orthalicoidea) do Espírito Santo, Brasil

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    Rodrigo B., Salvador; Daniel C., Cavallari.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Uma extraordinária espécie nova de gastrópode pulmonado foi encontrada na coleção do Senckenberg Forschungninstitut und Naturmuseum Frankfurt (Frankfurt am Main, Alemanha) e é aqui descrita como Leiostracus faerie sp. nov. Esta espécie pode ser facilmente identificada por sua concha diminuta e trans [...] lúcida, com finas faixas axiais marrom-claras, e pela escultura de sua protoconcha. Ela é originária da região do Rio Doce, Espírito Santo, uma área conhecida por sua grande diversidade e endemicidade de gastrópodes terrestres. Esta descoberta mostra quão pouco é conhecida essa fauna e também reforça a importância das coleções de museus no estudo da biodiversidade e em medidas de conservação. Abstract in english A remarkable new species of pulmonate land snail was found in the collection of the Senckenberg Forschungninstitut und Naturmuseum Frankfurt (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) and is described here as Leiostracus faerie sp. nov. It can be easily identified by its small and translucent shell with fine axia [...] l light brown bands and its protoconch sculpture. It was collected in the Rio Doce ("Doce River") region in Espírito Santo, Brazil, an area known for a high diversity and endemicity of land snails. This discovery shows how little this fauna is known and reinforces the importance of museum collections in the study of biodiversity and conservation.

  2. Desenvolvimento de Eurytrema coelomaticum (Giard & Billet (Digenea, Dicrocoeliidae em Bradybaena similaris (Férussac (Gastropoda, Xanthonychidae Development of Eurytrema coelomaticum (Giard & Billet (Digenea, Dicrocoeliidae in Bradybaena similaris (Férussac (Gastropoda, Xanthonychidae

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    Solange Viana Paschoal Blanco Brandolini

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available To follow the larval developmenl of Eurytrema coelomaticum (Giard & Billet, 1892 in Bradybaena similaris (Férussac, 1821 snails were separated in three classes using the shell diameter: Class A (14.5-10.2 mm, Class B (10.1-6.9 mm and Class C (6.8-2.6 mm. Only snails belonging to classes A and B acquired the infection. Specimens of E. coelomaticum removed from the pancreatic ducts were exposed to three physiological solutions: Earle, Locke and saline 0.85%, to obtain eggs for the experimental infections, The Locke solution induced the best egg release. The route of migration the intramolluscan development of E. coelomaticum was studied with the aid of histology. The minimal period of intramolluscan developmenl, ending at the expelling of daughter sporocysts, was 107 days for the snails infected in March, and 79 days for the snails infected in November. The Student "t" test and the Chi-square test showed a significant difference (? = 5% between the two periods, although the mean temperature registered during the experiments did not significantly differed (? = 5%. The elimination of daughter sporocysts occurred through the snail's pneumostome, and always at night. Most sporocysts were eliminated at intervals that varied between one to three days, without regularity. The time of elimination of the daughter sporocysts was different for the two infection period studied: 12 weeks for the snails infected in March, and three weeks for those infected in November. Positive correlation between the number of sporocysts expelled by the snail host and higher temperatures registered in the laboratory was observed. This correlation was more evident in November infection.

  3. Report of a human accident caused by Conus regius (Gastropoda, Conidae Relato de um acidente em ser humano causado por Conus regius (Gastropoda, Conidae

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    Vidal Haddad Junior

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Conus regius is a venomous mollusc in the Conidae family, which includes species responsible for severe or even fatal accidents affecting human beings. This is the first report on a clinical case involving this species. It consisted a puncture in the right hand of a diver who presented paresthesia and movement difficulty in the whole limb. The manifestations disappeared after around twelve hours, without sequelae.Conus regius é um molusco venenoso da família Conidae, que inclui espécies responsáveis por acidentes graves ou mesmo fatais em humanos. Os autores relatam pela primeira vez um caso clínico envolvendo a espécie, que inclui uma punctura na mão direita de um mergulhador submarino, que apresentou parestesias e dificuldade de movimentação do membro todo. O quadro desapareceu em cerca de doze horas, sem seqüelas.

  4. Report of a human accident caused by Conus regius (Gastropoda, Conidae) / Relato de um acidente em ser humano causado por Conus regius (Gastropoda, Conidae)

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    Vidal, Haddad Junior; Marcus, Coltro; Luiz Ricardo L., Simone.

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Conus regius é um molusco venenoso da família Conidae, que inclui espécies responsáveis por acidentes graves ou mesmo fatais em humanos. Os autores relatam pela primeira vez um caso clínico envolvendo a espécie, que inclui uma punctura na mão direita de um mergulhador submarino, que apresentou pares [...] tesias e dificuldade de movimentação do membro todo. O quadro desapareceu em cerca de doze horas, sem seqüelas. Abstract in english Conus regius is a venomous mollusc in the Conidae family, which includes species responsible for severe or even fatal accidents affecting human beings. This is the first report on a clinical case involving this species. It consisted a puncture in the right hand of a diver who presented paresthesia a [...] nd movement difficulty in the whole limb. The manifestations disappeared after around twelve hours, without sequelae.

  5. Optimización de la solución de extracción de moléculas antibacterianas de Cenchritis muricatus (Gastropoda:Littorinidae) / Optimization of extracting solutions of antibacterial molecules from Cenchritis muricatus (Gastropoda:Littorinidae)

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    Annia Alba, Menéndez; Carlos, López Abarrategui; Antonio A, Vázquez Perera; Anselmo J, Otero González.

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: los moluscos marinos constituyen un reservorio natural de moléculas con potencialidades terapéuticas para el tratamiento de enfermedades infecciosas en momentos en que se han descrito numerosas cepas resistentes a los antibióticos convencionales. Objetivo: comparar 3 soluciones: ácido [...] acético 30 %, metanol 50 % y salina-ácida (NaCl 0,6 mol/L, HCl 1 %) atendiendo a sus capacidades extractivas de moléculas con actividad antibacteriana del molusco marino Cenchritis muricatus. Métodos: para el procesamiento del material biológico se utilizaron las 3 soluciones de extracción y se analizaron los extractos obtenidos de acuerdo con la concentración de proteínas totales y la inhibición del crecimiento bacteriano de cepas de Staphylococcus aureus y Escherichia coli, mediante un bioensayo turbidimétrico en microplacas de 96 pocillos en medio Luria-Bertani. Resultados: se obtuvo mayor concentración de proteínas totales (7,8 mg/mL) con el extracto total de C. muricatus obtenido con la solución salina-ácida. Además con 200 mg/mL de proteínas totales del extracto se obtuvo inhibición significativa (p Abstract in english Introduction: marine mollusks are natural reservoirs of molecules with therapeutic potential for the treatment of infectious diseases, at a time when many antibiotic-resistant strains are being described. Objective: to compare three solutions: 30% acetic acid, 50% methanol and saline-acid (NaCl 0.6 [...] mol/L, 1% HCl) according to their capacities to extract molecules with antimicrobial activity from the marine mollusk Cenchritis muricatus. Methods: the three extraction solutions were used to process the biological material, and then, the obtained extracts were analyzed in terms of total protein concentration and the bacterial growth inhibition of Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli strains by means of a turbidimetric bioassay using 96 well microplates in Luria-Bertani (LB) culture medium. Results: the highest total protein concentration (7.8 mg/mL) was found in the C. muricatus extract from the saline-acid solution. Additionally, 200 mg/mL of total proteins from the extract caused significant growth inhibition (p

  6. The genus Plesiophysa, with a redescription of P. ornata (Haas, 1938) (Gastropoda: Planorbidae) / O gênero Plesiophysa, com redescrição de P. ornata (Haas, 1938) (Gastropoda: Planorbidae)

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    W. L., PARAENSE.

    2002-05-01

    Full Text Available É apresentada uma descrição de caracteres conquiliológicos e anatômicos do molusco planorbídeo Plesiophysa ornata (Haas, 1938), baseada em material topotípico, de 14 outras localidades dos seguintes Estados brasileiros: Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Sergipe, Bahia, Espírito Santo e Minas Gerais. Dev [...] ido à grande semelhança de suas conchas, uma distinção segura das cinco espécies de Plesiophysa até agora descritas (P. pilsbryi, P. granulata, P. guadeloupensis, P. ornata e P. hubendicki) só é possível por intermédio de suas características anatômicas. Os dados sobre B. hubendicki indicam alta probabilidade de sinonímia com P. ornata. São necessárias investigações sobre a anatomia de P. pilsbryi e P. guadeloupensis para definir sua relação taxionômica com as outras espécies nominais. Abstract in english A redescription of conchological and anatomical characters of the planorbid mollusc Plesiophysa ornata (Haas, 1938) is presented, based on topotypic material and specimens from 14 additional localities in the Brazilian states of Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Sergipe, Bahia, Espírito Santo and Minas [...] Gerais. Due to the close similarity of their shells, a sure discrimination of the five species of Plesiophysa described so far (P. pilsbryi, P. granulata, P. guadeloupensis, P. ornata and P. hubendicki) is only possible through their anatomical features. The present study points to the high probability of synonymy of P. hubendicki with P. ornata. Investigations on the anatomy of P. pilsbryi and P. guadeloupensis are needed to define their taxonomic relation with the other nominal species.

  7. Viabilidad de espermatozoides criopreservados de macha Mesodesma donacium (Mollusca, Bivalvia Viability of cryopreserved spermatozoa of the surf clam Mesodesma donacium (Mollusca, Bivalvia

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    Enrique Dupré

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Se evaluó la viabilidad de los espermatozoides de macha Mesodesma donacium sometidos a diferentes tratamientos de criopreservación mediante su motilidad y éxito de la fecundación con espermatozoides descongelados. En un arreglo factorial se evaluaron 42 protocolos, combinando tres tipos de crioprotectores (DMSO, Metanol y Pro-pilén-glicol, tres concentraciones (0,5 M, 1,0 M y 1,5 M, cuatro tasas de congelación (-5, -10, -15 y -206ºC·min-1 y dos tasas de descongelación (lenta: 72ºC·min-1 y rápida: 312ºC·min-1. Los mejores resultados de motilidad espermática (16,7% se obtuvieron con DMSO 1,0 M como crioprotectante, a una tasa de congelación de -15ºC·min-1y descongelación lenta. Mientras que los mejores resultados de fecundación (84,4% con espermatozoides congelados-descongelados se obtuvieron con DMSO 1,5 M a una tasa de congelación de -15ºC·min-1 y descongelación rápidaThe viability of the surf clam spermatozoa was evaluated using the percentage of fertilization obtained with cryopreserved spermatozoa and different protocols. In total, 42 protocols combined three types of cryoprotectants (DMSO, Methanol, and Prophylen-glycol at three different concentrations (0.5 M, 1.0 M, and 1.5 M, four freezing rates (-5, -10, -15, and -206ºC·min-1, and two thawing rates (slow: 72ºC·min-1 and fast: 312ºC·min-1. The best sperm motility was obtained with DMSO frozen at -15ºC·min-1 and with a slow thawing rate. The best fertilization percentages were obtained with DMSO frozen at -15ºC·min-1 but with a fast thawing rate

  8. Especies nuevas del género Gibberula (Mollusca: Cystiscidae) de Cuba y Venezuela / New species of the genus Gibberula (Mollusca: Cystiscidae) from Cuba and Venezuela

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    José, Espinosa; Jesús, Ortea; Manuel, Caballer.

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    Full Text Available Se describen 3 especies nuevas de moluscos marinos: Gibberula palmasola sp. n., recolectada en la vegetación asociada a rocas rodeadas de sedimentos blandos en una laguna costera cercada por mangle en la península de Guanahacabibes, Cuba, y caracterizada por presentar, el animal vivo, la cabeza negr [...] a y una distribución típica de bandas negras y pardas con lunares anaranjados en el manto bajo la concha; Gibberula dosmosquises sp. n., recolectada en fondos rocosos del Caribe insular de Venezuela, se caracteriza por una discreta coloración del manto y un patrón de manchas en el pie, y Gibberula thetisae sp. n, proveniente de los pastos marinos del golfo de Batabanó, Cuba, con 3 pliegues en la columela, el último muy débil, y un labio externo casi cortante, caracteres que permiten separarla de todas las demás especies conocidas en el área antillana, aunque se desconozca la anatomía del animal. Se discute la lista de especies válidas del género para Cuba y Venezuela, y se hacen adiciones y consideraciones al complejo de especies en torno a Gibberula ubitaensis Espinosa y Ortea, 2000. Abstract in english Three new species of marine molluscs are described. Gibberula palmasola new species, collected in vegetation associated with rocks surrounded by soft sediments in a coastal lagoon surrounded by mangroves in Guanahacabibes Peninsula, Cuba, and characterized by a black head and typical distribution of [...] black and brown bands and orange spots in the mantle. Gibberula dosmosquises new species, collected in rocky bottoms of a Caribbean island from Venezuela, characterized by a simple staining in the mantle and a pattern of spots on the foot, and Gibberula thetisae new species, from sea grass in the gulf of Batabano, Cuba, with shell having 3 columellar folds, the last very weak, and a sharp outer lip; although, its anatomy is not known, these conchological characters separate it from all other known species in the Antilles. Aditionally, the list of valid species for Cuba and Venezuela is discussed and some considerations about Gibberula ubitaensis Espinosa y Ortea, 2000 species complex are given.

  9. Nuevas especies de la familia Marginellidae (Mollusca: Neogastropoda: Muricoidea) de Venezuela / New species of the family Marginellidae (Mollusca: Neogastropoda: Muricoidea) from Venezuela

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    Manuel, Caballer; José, Espinosa; Jesús, Ortea; Samuel, Narciso.

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    Full Text Available Hasta la fecha se han citado en Venezuela 10 especies del género Volvarina y una del género Hyalina, aunque de ellas solamente 2 se conocen con certeza. En este trabajo se describen 4 especies nuevas de moluscos de la familia Marginellidae a partir de ejemplares recolectados en 3 localidades diferen [...] tes: la isla de La Tortuga, el Parque Nacional Morrocoy e Isla de Aves. Además, se discute la validez de las citas de Venezuela y la de Caribeginella flormarina Espinosa & Ortea, 1998, sinonimizada con Hyalina pallida. Se aportan ilustraciones de los animales vivos de las 4 especies y también nuevas fotos de la concha del neotipo de H. pallida, depositado en el Museo de Historia Natural de Londres. Las nuevas especies se caracterizan por: Volvarina morrocoyensis Caballer, Espinosa & Ortea especie nueva; 5 bandas pardas en la concha, pliegues paralelos 2 a 2, cuerpo blanco con manchas rojas, manto con manchas negras formando bandas. Volvarina monchoi Caballer, Espinosa & Ortea especie nueva; concha blanca con una banda parda, pliegues desiguales, cuerpo blanco sin manchas. Volvarina avesensis Caballer, Espinosa & Ortea especie nueva; 3 bandas anaranjadas en la concha, pliegues paralelos, cuerpo anaranjado sin manchas, manto con manchas castañas. Hyalina nelsyae especie nueva; 3 bandas pardas en la concha, pliegues posteriores divergentes, anteriores casi paralelos, cuerpo con manchas rojizas formando un diamante en la cola, manto con manchas rojizas en 3 bandas. Abstract in english To date, 10 species of the genus Volvarina and one species of the genus Hyalina have been cited in Venezuela, but only 2 of them are certain. In this paper 4 new species of mollusks of the family Marginellidae are described, based on specimens collected from 3 different locations: La Tortuga Island, [...] Morrocoy National Park and Aves Island. Additionally, the records in Venezuela of all the species of both genus and the validity of Caribeginella flormarina, synonymized with Hyalina pallida, are discussed. Illustrations of the living animals for all the species are included, so as new photos of the shell of the Neotype of H. pallida, housed in the Natural History Museum in London. The new species are characterized by: Volvarina morrocoyensis Caballer, Espinosa & Ortea new species; 5 brownish bands in the shell, paired parallel plications, white body with red spots, mantle with black spots grouped in bands. Volvarina monchoi Caballer, Espinosa & Ortea new species; white shell with a brown band, uneven plications, white body without spots. Volvarina avesensis Caballer, Espinosa & Ortea new species; 3 orange bands in the shell, parallel plications, orange body, lacking spots, mantle with dull spots. Hyalina nelsyae new species; 3 dull bands in the shell, posterior plications divergent, anterior plications quasi-parallel, body with reddish spots forming a diamond in the tail, mantle with reddish spots forming 3 bands.

  10. Verspreiding en habitats van Ceratophallus natalensis (Mollusca: Planorbidae in Suid-Afrika Distribution and habitats of Ceratophallus natalensis (Mollusca: Planorbidae in South Africa

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    K. N. de Kock

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Hierdie artikel handel oor die geografiese verspreiding en habitats van Ceratophallus natalensis soos weerspieël deur die 1 797 monsters wat tans in die databasis van die Nasionale Varswater- slakversameling (NVWSV opgeneem is. Hierdie spesie is in al 14 verskillende waterliggaamtipes wat in die databasis verteenwoordig word, aangetref. Die grootste getal monsters was afkomstig van damme, spruite en riviere. Habitats met standhoudende, stilstaande en varswater waarvan die substratum oorwegend uit modder bestaan het, was die beste verteenwoordig. Die resultate van ’n geïntegreerde besluitnemingsboom- en effekgrootte-analise het getoon dat temperatuur, hoogte bo seevlak en waterliggame as sodanig, ’n deurslaggewende rol in die gedokumenteerde geografiese verspreiding van hierdie spesie in Suid-Afrika gespeel het. ’n Temperatuurindeks wat bereken is, het getoon dat C. natalensis ook goed toegerus is om habitats in die koeler streke van Suid-Afrika te bevolk. Gesien in die lig van die wye geografiese verspreiding van hierdie spesie in hierdie land en dat dit elders in Afrika bevind is dat dit serkarieë van verskeie helmintspesies onder natuurlike toestande kan vrystel, word dit aanbeveel dat sy rol as tussengasheer in Suid-Afrika deeglik ondersoek behoort te word.Species of the genus Ceratophallus are known only from some islands in the western Indian Ocean and Africa, where they occur in Eritrea and the area extending southwards and westwards into the Western Cape of South Africa. The most recent classification recognises nine species of this genus of which only two, namely Ceratophallus natalensis (Krauss and Ceratophallus gibbonsi (Nelson occur in South Africa. Although partially sympatric, C. gibbonsi is largely associated with a tropical climate and perennial water-bodies while C. natalensis is fairly common in cooler areas and are often found in ephemeral rain pools. This article focuses on the geographical distribution and habitats of C. natalensis, the most widespread species of the genus, as reflected by the data on record in the National Freshwater Snail Collection (NFSC. Details pertaining to the habitats of 1 797 samples of C. natalensis as recorded at the time of collection were extracted from the database of the NFSC. In view of the finding of Brown1 that C. natalensis and C. gibbonsi are partly sympatric, but that the latter is associated with fully tropical climatic areas, samples of Ceratophallus collected in loci ( 1 / 16 th square degrees that fall within the altitude interval ranging from 0-500 m, were selected for closer investigation. A number of 153 samples from 64 loci falling within this altitude interval was subsequently identified as C. natalensis. The number of loci in which the 1 797 collection sites were located, was distributed in intervals of mean annual air temperature and rainfall, as well as intervals of mean altitude, to illustrate the frequency of occurrence within specific intervals. A temperature index was calculated for all mollusc species in the database from their frequencies of occurrence within selected temperature intervals and the results were used to rank them in order of their association with low to high climatic temperatures. Chi-square values were calculated to evaluate the significance of the difference between the frequency of occurrence in, on, or at the different options for each variable. Additionally, an effect size value was calculated to determine the significance of the effect of all the different variables discussed in this paper on the geographical distribution of C. natalensis in South Africa. A multivariate analysis in the form of a decision tree was also constructed. This is a statistical model that enables the selection and ranking of those variables that can maximally discriminate between the frequency of occurrence of a given species under specific conditions as compared to all other mollusc species in the database.The 1 797 samples of C. natalensis of which the collection sites could be located on a 1:250 000 topo-cadastral map

  11. Hermaphroditism among dioecious Tagelus plebeius (Lightfoot, 1786) (Mollusca, Psammobiidae) and Iphigenia brasiliana (Lamarck, 1818) (Mollusca, Donacidae) on the Cachoeira River estuary, Ilhéus, Bahia, Brazil.

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    Ceuta, L O; Boehs, G; Santos, J J B

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    The samples of Tagelus plebeius and Iphigenia brasiliana were manually collected on the Cachoeira River estuary region (Ilhéus, BA, Brazil) between August 2005 and August 2006, with a periodicity of 15 days, with 20 animals collected/sampled, performing 500 samples from each species. The animals were measured, eviscerated and kept in solution of Davidson and after 24-30 hours, they were transferred to ethanol 70%. The material was processed for routine histology, with paraffin embedding, obtaining 7 microm thick slices, stained with Harris hematoxilin and Eosin (HE). By light microscopy analysis, 2 cases of hermaphroditism (0.4%) in T. plebeius samples and one case (0.2%) in I. brasiliana were registered with predominance of female over male follicles. PMID:20231968

  12. Microscopic Anatomy of the Male Reproductive System in Echinolittorina peruviana (Mollusca: Caenogastropoda Anatomía Microscópica del Sistema Reproductor Masculino de Echinolittorina peruviana (Mollusca: Caenogastropoda

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    Full Text Available Echinolittorina peruviana (Lamarck, 1822, a gonochoric representative of the Littorinidae on the SE Pacific coast, has a male reproductive system adapted for internal fertilization. We describe this system at both macro- and microscopic levéis, particularly the compartmentalized organization of the gonad, and the morphology of the penis. The male reproductive system has a variegated conical gonad-digestive gland complex. The gonad presents three compartments, 1 gametogenic acinar among the glandular acini, 2 periacinar with a layer of fusiform somatic cells and, 3 interacinar with glycogen storage cells shared with glandular acini. Spermatogenesis occurs within the acinar gametogenic compartment, with the germinal line organized in centripetal form towards the lumen. The seminal vesicle stores the products of spermatogenesis; in its cephalic region the euspermatozoa are united to the epithelium and the paraspermatozoa are distributed in the lumen. A short duct connects the seminal vesicle to the prostate gland that is open to the pallial cavity over its entire length. The anterior zone of the prostate gland is joined to the cervical spermatic groove that runs along the neck of the snail through the right pallial region ; this continúes as the penile spermatic groove, ascending from the base to the point of the penis. The penis is acutely conical and unpigmented; towards the anterior and adjacent to its base there is a glandular complex with a mamilliform process and a discoidal glandular region . The secretion from the discoidal region is transformed in a spicule of unknown function, whose histology is described here for the first time. The mamilliform process is formed by the spicular projection and a connective-muscle tissue band which surrounds it and separates it from the discoidal follicular glandular region ; the follicular secretion crosses this band and is incorporated into the epithelium which lines the interior of the process.Echinolittorina peruviana (Lamarck, 1822, representante gonocórico de Littorinidae en el Pacífico Sur, tiene un sistema reproductor masculino adaptado para la fecundacion interna, que en este estudio se describe a niveles macrocoscópico y microscópico; enfatizando la organizacion compartimentalizada de la gónada y la morfología del pene. El sistema reproductor masculino se presenta como un complejo cónico gónada-glándula digestiva abigarrado. La gónada presenta tres compartimientos: 1 gametogénico acinar entre los acinos glandulares, 2 periacinar con una capa de células somáticas fusiformes y 3 interacinar con células almacenadoras de glicógeno, compartido con los acinos glandulares. En el compartimiento gametogénico acinar ocurre la espermatogénesis con la línea germinal organizada en forma centrípeta hacia el lumen. Hacia anterior, la vesícula seminal almacena los productos de la espermatogénesis; en su region cefálica los euespermatozoides se unen al epitelio y los paraespermatozoides se distribuyen en el lumen. Este órgano se conecta con un conducto corto a la glándula prostática, abierta hacia la cavidad paleal en toda su longitud. La zona anterior de la glándula prostática se une al surco espermático cervical, que recorre el cuello del animal por la region paleal derecha; éste continúa como surco espermático peniano ascendiendo desde su base hasta la punta. El pene es cónico aguzado no pigmentado; hacia anterior adyacente a su base, hay un complejo glandular con un proceso mamiliforme y una region glandular discoidal. Su producto de secrecion sería una espícula de funcion desconocida, cuya histología es descrita por primera vez. En este complejo glandular, el proceso mamiliforme está constituido por la proyección espicular y una banda conjuntivo-muscular que lo rodea y separa de la region glandular folicular discoidal; su secrecion atraviesa dicha banda, incorporándose al epitelio de revestimiento interno del proceso.

  13. Especies nuevas del género Gibberula (Mollusca: Cystiscidae de Cuba y Venezuela New species of the genus Gibberula (Mollusca: Cystiscidae from Cuba and Venezuela

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    Full Text Available Se describen 3 especies nuevas de moluscos marinos: Gibberula palmasola sp. n., recolectada en la vegetación asociada a rocas rodeadas de sedimentos blandos en una laguna costera cercada por mangle en la península de Guanahacabibes, Cuba, y caracterizada por presentar, el animal vivo, la cabeza negra y una distribución típica de bandas negras y pardas con lunares anaranjados en el manto bajo la concha; Gibberula dosmosquises sp. n., recolectada en fondos rocosos del Caribe insular de Venezuela, se caracteriza por una discreta coloración del manto y un patrón de manchas en el pie, y Gibberula thetisae sp. n, proveniente de los pastos marinos del golfo de Batabanó, Cuba, con 3 pliegues en la columela, el último muy débil, y un labio externo casi cortante, caracteres que permiten separarla de todas las demás especies conocidas en el área antillana, aunque se desconozca la anatomía del animal. Se discute la lista de especies válidas del género para Cuba y Venezuela, y se hacen adiciones y consideraciones al complejo de especies en torno a Gibberula ubitaensis Espinosa y Ortea, 2000.Three new species of marine molluscs are described. Gibberula palmasola new species, collected in vegetation associated with rocks surrounded by soft sediments in a coastal lagoon surrounded by mangroves in Guanahacabibes Peninsula, Cuba, and characterized by a black head and typical distribution of black and brown bands and orange spots in the mantle. Gibberula dosmosquises new species, collected in rocky bottoms of a Caribbean island from Venezuela, characterized by a simple staining in the mantle and a pattern of spots on the foot, and Gibberula thetisae new species, from sea grass in the gulf of Batabano, Cuba, with shell having 3 columellar folds, the last very weak, and a sharp outer lip; although, its anatomy is not known, these conchological characters separate it from all other known species in the Antilles. Aditionally, the list of valid species for Cuba and Venezuela is discussed and some considerations about Gibberula ubitaensis Espinosa y Ortea, 2000 species complex are given.

  14. A comparative study of the Bivalvia (Mollusca) from the continental shelves of Antarctica and Brazil / Estudo comparativo dos Bivalvia (Mollusca) da plataforma continental da Antártica e do Brasil

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    Flávio Dias, Passos; Frederico Thomaisino, Magalhães.

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    Full Text Available Durante a identificação de moluscos bivalves coletados na Antártica, foi reunida uma rica bibliografia taxonômica, estimulando comparações com a malacofauna do Brasil. Assim, listamos um total de 68 espécies conhecidas para águas rasas (menos de 200 m de profundidade) da Antártica e 368 para o Brasi [...] l, procurando encontrar espécies, famílias e superfamílias em comum a ambos os locais, e investigando em que essas malacofaunas diferem em relação aos grupos representados e em relação ao hábito de vida das suas espécies. Vinte e três superfamílias não possuem representantes antárticos, mas estão presentes com pelo menos uma espécie brasileira; o oposto não ocorre, pois todas superfamílias que ocorrem na Antártica também são conhecidas para o Brasil. O número de espécies brasileiras é maior, composto por uma mistura de táxons de diferentes províncias biogeográficas, enquanto na Antártica existem somente poucas espécies adaptadas às condições polares, com uma minoria de representantes de fora da Antártica. Dessa forma, muitas espécies típicas do caribe se distribuem até o Brasil, pertencendo aos diversos Arcoidea, Pectinoidea, Lucinoidea, Cardioidea, Veneroidea e Tellinoidea. Cimentantes Ostreoidea, Plicatuloidea, Dimyoidea, Spondylidae (Pectinoidea) e Chamoidea não estão presentes na Antártica, como também não estão perfuradores de madeira (Teredinidae, Pholadoidea) e de rochas (Pholadidae, Pholadoidea; Gastrochaenoidea; e Lithophaginae, Mytiloidea). É notável o grande número de espécies brasileiras de grupos infaunais (exemplos, Tellinidae, Veneridae, Cardiidae e Mactroidea) e epifaunais (Pectinidae, Mytilidae e Arcidae), que são ausentes ou pobremente representados na Antártica. Nuculanoidea, Limopsoidea, Lucinoidea, Galeommatoidea, Cyamioidea e Cuspidarioidea são os grupos mais ricos em espécies antárticas, alguns deles também sendo especiosos no Brasil, entretanto, em maiores profundidades. Três espécies são registradas para ambos os locais: Limatula pygmaea (Limidae), Lasaea adansoni (Lasaeidae) e Gaimardia trapesina (Gaimardiidae). Através de análises dos grupos, é possível apontar aqueles que são taxonomicamente diversos em uma ou outra fauna, e então enfatizá-los em estudos ecológicos, utilizando-os como "organismos monitores" ou modelos. O presente trabalho pode ser um ponto de partida para futuras discussões sobre a ocorrência de um gradiente latitudinal ao longo da costa leste da América do Sul, estimulando trabalhos sobre mudanças que ocorrem na composição das faunas de bivalves do Brasil, Uruguai, Argentina e Antártica. Abstract in english During identification of bivalve molluscs collected in Antarctica, a rich taxonomic bibliography was gathered, stimulating comparisons with the Brazilian malacofauna. We listed a total of 68 and 368 known shallow-water species (less than 200 m depth) from Antarctica and Brazil, respectively, in orde [...] r to find species, families and superfamilies in common, and to investigate how these malacofaunas differ in regard to these representative groups and their life habits. There are 23 superfamilies absent in Antarctica, but present in Brazil with at least one species; the reverse does not occur, as all superfamilies known from Antarctica are also recorded from Brazil. The number of Brazilian species is higher, being composed of a mixture of taxa from different biogeographical provinces, whereas in Antarctica there are only a few species adapted to its polar conditions, with minor components from elsewhere. Thus, many typical Caribbean species extend into Brazil, belonging to the diverse Arcoidea, Pectinoidea, Lucinoidea, Cardioidea, Veneroidea, and Tellinoidea. Cemented Ostreoidea, Plicatuloidea, Dimyoidea, Spondylidae (Pectinoidea), and Chamoidea are absent from Antarctica, as are wood (Teredinidae, Pholadoidea) and rock borers (Pholadidae, Pholadoidea; Gastrochaenoidea; and Lithophaginae, Mytiloidea). A large number of Brazilian species of infaunal (e.g., Tellinidae, Veneri

  15. Ocorrência do bivalve exótico Mytilopsis leucophaeta (Conrad) (Mollusca, Bivalvia), no Brasil / Occurrence of exotic bivalve Mytilopsis leucophaeta (Conrad) (Mollusca, Bivalvia), in Brazil

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    José R. B. de, Souza; Clélia M. C. da, Rocha; Maria dos P. R. de, Lima.

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    Full Text Available O molusco Mytilopsis leucophaeta (Conrad, 1831), natural da América do Norte, foi localizado no litoral de Pernambuco, Brasil, em 2004, trazido provavelmente por água de lastro de navios. Na região, sua distribuição atualmente abrange zonas estuarinas adjacentes ao Porto do Recife. Os organismos for [...] am encontrados restritos à região entre-marés, formando agregados densos com até 176.800 ind./m². Abstract in english The mussel Mytilopsis leucophaeta (Conrad, 1831) is native to North America. It was found at Pernambuco Coast, northeastern Brazil, in 2004, probably brought by ships' ballast water. The distribution of this species has been now spread to estuarial area near Recife Harbour. They showed a clumped dis [...] tribution with a maximum of 176,800 ind./m² only in the intertidal zone.

  16. Kadmium in Valsbaai: moniteringspotensiaal van die mariene slak, Oxystele tigrina (Mollusca Cadmium in False Bay: Monitoring potential of the marine snail, Oxystele tigrina (Mollusca

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    Koot Reinecke

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    Full Text Available n Opname is onderneem van die kadmiumvlakke in die tussengetygebied van Valsbaai, Suid-Afrika. Kadmiumkonsentrasies is seisoenaal bepaal in die water en sediment in verskillende lokaliteite. Die metings is oor ’n periode van een jaar gedoen deur seisoenaal monsters te versamel by ses verskillende versamelpunte in en een buite die baai. Dit is met behulp van atoom-absorpsiespektrofotometrie ontleed vir kadmium en die hoogste kontaminasievlakke is by die noordelike kusstreek gevind tussen Strand en Muizenberg waar die digsbevolkte gebiede en die eeste industriële aktiwiteit voorkom. Betekenisvolle variasie in konsentrasies van kadmium het seisoenaal en ruimtelik voorgekom. Die gemiddelde konsentrasies in die water en sediment was in sommige gevalle effens hoër as die vlakke wat deur die Suid-Afrikaanse waterkwalitetis-riglyne aanbeveel is. Kadmiumkonsentrasies is ook in versamelde eksemplare van die mariene slak Oxystele tigrina vir verskillende seisoene vir drie lokaliteite bepaal. Laboratoriumeksperimente is uitgevoer om die opname, akkumulasie en verlies van kadmium in verskillende organe van die tussen-getyslak, Oxystele tigrina te ondersoek. Weefselspesi? eke kadmiumkonsentrasies in kontrole- sowel as blootgestelde lewende eksemplare is vergelyk oor ’n blootstellingsperiode van veertien dae. Die eksperimentele slakke is aan twee subletale konsentrasies van onderskeidelik 0.20 en 0.40 µg/ml watergedraagde kadmium in die vorm van CdCl 2 blootgestel. Die proefdiere is gereeld gemonitor en kadmiumkonsentrasies is in verskillende organe, na suurvertering, atoomabsorpsie-spektrofotometries bepaal. Die resultate het ’n algemene toename van kadmium in die liggame van die slakke uitgewys. Kadmium is in variërende konsentrasies in alle weefsel gevind. ’n Ongeveer liniêre patroon van akkumulasie het aangetoon dat die metaal waarskynlik nie deur O. tigrina gereguleer is nie. Die metaal se teenwoordigheid het verskil tussen die sagteweefsel en skulp op so ’n wyse dat die sagteweefsel normaalweg ’n hoër opnamekoers van die kadmium weerspieël het. Nadat die blootgestelde organismes in kadmiumvrye seewater oorgeplaas is, het gedeeltelike kadmiumverlies wel plaasgevind. Die variasie in kadmiumverlies van die verskillende organe dui moontlik daarop dat slegs ’n gedeelte van die geakkumuleerde kadmium sterk gebind was in sekere weefsels of organe. Die behoud van kadmium in beide sediment en diereliggame was sodanig dat afgelei kan word dat kadmium teen huidige omgewingskonsentrasies in sekere dele van Valsbaai, wat algemeen as laag beskou word, steeds met verloop van tyd in hierdie tussengetydiere kan akkumuleer tot vlakke wat nadelig is vir die spesies self, maar ook vir hulle redatore. Dit sal veral kan gebeur indien ? siese toestande verander om die biobeskikbaarheid te verhoog.Cadmium contamination levels in the False Bay intertidal zone in South Africa were assessed in the water and sediments over a period of one year. Samples were collected seasonally from six sites within the bay, and from a reference site situated just outside the eastern arm of False Bay in order to obtain a general overview of contamination levels to which invertebrates in the coastal areas are exposed. The results from the chemical analyses of water and sediment samples revealed that most contamination was associated with the northern shore of the bay between Strand and Muizenberg, where the most populated and industrialised catchments occur. The high contamination factors calculated for Cd for sediments from some sites suggested a strong input of industrial and other discharges containing this heavy metal. There were signi? cant seasonal and spatial differences in the cadmium concentrations, with spatial variations indicating localised contamination, while seasonal variations were assumed to be predominantly related to changes in precipitation and runoff at different times of the year. The mean cadmium concentrations in the water and sediments were occasionally higher than the levels recommended by the South Afr

  17. Echinostome cercariae from Biomphalaria straminea (Mollusca: Planorbidae) in a ricefield from northeastern Argentina / Echinocercarias de Biomphalaria straminea (Mollusca: Planorbidae) en un campo de arroz del noreste de Argentina

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    María Virginia, Fernández; Monika Inés, Hamann; Margarita, Ostrowski-de Núñez.

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    Full Text Available Se estudiaron las especies de echinocercarias que infectan a Biomphalaria straminea (Dunker, 1848) en un campo de arroz de la provincia de Corrientes, Argentina. La prospección de 5 510 caracoles durante 2 ciclos de cultivo de arroz, desde diciembre de 2010 a mayo de 2011 y desde diciembre de 2011 a [...] abril de 2012, reveló la presencia de 3 nuevas especies: Echinocercaria sp. XIII, Echinocercaria sp. XIV y Echinocercaria sp. XVI en 36 caracoles (0.65%). La especie más común fue Echinocercaria sp. XVI. Durante el primer ciclo de cultivo de arroz las prevalencias de las 3 especies fueron bajas ( Abstract in english The species of larval Echinostomatidae that infect Biomphalaria straminea (Dunker, 1848) in a ricefield in Corrientes province, Argentina, were studied. Examination of 5 510 snails during 2 rice cultivation cycles, from December 2010 to May 2011 and from December 2011 to April 2012, revealed the pre [...] sence of 3 new species: Echinocercaria sp. XIII, Echinocercaria sp. XIV and Echinocercaria sp. XVI in 36 snails (0.65%). The most common species was Echinocercaria sp. XVI. Prevalence of 3 species during the first rice cultivation cycle was low (

  18. ESTADO DE LAS POBLACIONES DE QUITONES (MOLLUSCA: POLYPLACOPHORA) EN ROMPEOLAS ARTIFICIALES DE COVEÑAS, SUCRE, COLOMBIA / Populations of quitones (Mollusca: Poliplacophora) in artificial seawalls of Coveñas, Sucre, Colombia

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    ALCIDES C, SAMPEDRO-M; SANDRA M, PRASCA-S; DANIELA, SUÁREZ-V; LILIBETH, ESCOBAR-S.

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    Full Text Available El trabajo se realizó en dos rompeolas en Coveñas, Sucre, Colombia. Los objetivos fueron determinar las especies de quitones presentes ahí y su abundancia, distribución espacial, actividad y aspectos morfológicos, así como el papel de los rompeolas en el incremento de la diversidad biológica. Se mid [...] ieron factores abióticos y se anotaron otros organismos presentes. Las especies de quitones que se encuentran en los rompeolas de Coveñas, son las mismas que aparecen en el litoral rocoso de regiones cercanas, como el departamento de Córdoba. Las poblaciones de quitones presentaron una abundancia similar a la encontrada en otras regiones naturales del Caribe. Éstos realizan movimientos nocturnos para alimentarse y regresan a los sitios de reposo diurnos una vez concluyen esa actividad. Sus tallas máximas son mayores que las registradas para otras regiones. La distribución espacial agrupada y la asociación en un mismo microhábitat de las diferentes especies de quitones, aunque obedece a la búsqueda de mejores condiciones alimentarias, en el caso de los rompeolas pudiera estar influenciada además por la estructura de los mismos y por la poca amplitud de las mareas, características de esta región. Los rompeolas permiten la presencia de diversas especies que se relacionan entre sí y que no existían allí con anterioridad, luego incrementan la diversidad biológica. Abstract in english The work was conducted in two artificial seawalls in Coveñas, Sucre, Colombia. The objectives were to determine the species of chitons found in that ecosystem and to establish their abundance, spatial distribution, activity and morphological features. The study also sought to investigate the role of [...] seawalls in increasing local biodiversity. We measured abiotic factors and recorded the organisms present. The species of chitons found in Coveñas seawalls are the same that appear in natural rocky shorelines of nearby regions, such as in the department of Cordoba. The populations of chitons are in similar good condition to those found in other natural regions of the Caribbean. Chitons forage at night and return to their resting sites during the day. Average sizes are larger than those reported for other regions. Abiotic factors measured do not appear to affect the annual variations in the abundance of chitons, which may be more related to tidal changes. The aggregated spatial distribution and association in the same microhabitats of different species of chitons seem to be influenced by the structure of seawalls and the limited tidal range, which are characteristic of this region. Seawalls support various interrelated species and thus increase the local biodiversity.

  19. MYTELLA CHARRUANA (D'ORBIGNY) (MOLLUSCA: BIVALVIA: MYTILIDAE) EN LA BAHÍA DE CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA / MYTELLA CHARRUANA (D'ORBIGNY) (MOLLUSCA: BIVALVIA: MYTILIDAE) IN CARTAGENA BAY, COLOMBIA

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    Mónica, Puyana; Julián, Prato; Juan Manuel, Díaz.

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    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english High densities of the bivalve Mytella charruana were found for the first time in the Bay of Cartagena, Colombian Caribbean, during an antifouling field assay carried out during the second semester of 2008. This species reached average densities of 13400 individuals m-2 on underwater manmade substrat [...] es. Size range was between 0.5 and 3.6 cm with an average length of 1.95 cm. Mytella charruana is an avid surface colonizer, monopolizes underwater substrates and reaches cover areas close to 100 % generally as an epibiont.

  20. Gloquídio de Diplodon martensi (lhering (Mollusca, Bivalvia, Hyriidae e seu ciclo parasitário The glochidium of Diplodon martensi (lhering (Mollusca, Bivalvia, Hyriidae and its parasitic cycle

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    Full Text Available Conchological and anatomical studies of the glochidium of Diplodon martensi (lhering, 1893 were performed on samples collected in a small river, tributary from the Caí River, that belong to the Jacuí River sub-basin in south-eastern Brazil. The parasitic development of the glochidium was observed in laboratory on a small cichlid fish Gymnogeophagus gymnogenys (Hensel, 1870.

  1. Ocorrência do bivalve exótico Mytilopsis leucophaeta (Conrad (Mollusca, Bivalvia, no Brasil Occurrence of exotic bivalve Mytilopsis leucophaeta (Conrad (Mollusca, Bivalvia, in Brazil

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    José R. B. de Souza

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    Full Text Available O molusco Mytilopsis leucophaeta (Conrad, 1831, natural da América do Norte, foi localizado no litoral de Pernambuco, Brasil, em 2004, trazido provavelmente por água de lastro de navios. Na região, sua distribuição atualmente abrange zonas estuarinas adjacentes ao Porto do Recife. Os organismos foram encontrados restritos à região entre-marés, formando agregados densos com até 176.800 ind./m².The mussel Mytilopsis leucophaeta (Conrad, 1831 is native to North America. It was found at Pernambuco Coast, northeastern Brazil, in 2004, probably brought by ships' ballast water. The distribution of this species has been now spread to estuarial area near Recife Harbour. They showed a clumped distribution with a maximum of 176,800 ind./m² only in the intertidal zone.

  2. Limatula chilensis sp. nov. A new Limidae (Mollusca: Bivalvia) from northern Chile / Limatula chilensis sp. nov. Un nuevo Limidae (Mollusca: Bivalvia) en el norte de Chile

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    Carla Adriana, Campusano; Paula Mariela, Ruz; Marcelo Enrique, Oliva.

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Limatula chilensis sp. nov. se describe en base a la morfología de la concha y tejidos blandos. Los especímenes estudiados se obtuvieron periódicamente entre junio de 2008 y enero de 2009 desde fondos blandos someros submareales en Punta Coloso, norte de Chile, a profundidades entre 22 y 33 m. La mo [...] rfología de la concha es diferente a la de las 4 especies de Limatula descritas para las costas del Pacífico de Sudamerica y Península Antártica (5º-65ºS). Las características más evidentes de L. chilensis fueron el tamaño 3,50 mm (rango 2,36-4,42, DE ± 0,60, n = 34), número de costillas radiales 16-21 (moda = 20, DE = 1,69, n = 8) y una fuerte oblicuidad de la concha. L. chilensis es la única especie conocida del género, para las costas del norte de Chile. Abstract in english Limatula chilensis sp. nov. is described on the basis of shell morphology and soft tissue anatomy. Studied individuals were obtained periodically between June 2008 and January 2009 from sublittoral soft-sediments off Punta Coloso in northern Chile at depths of 22 to 33 m. Shell morphology of the new [...] species differs from the 4 described species of Limatula from the Pacific coast of South America and Antarctic Peninsula (5°-65°S). Main characteristics of L. chilensis include an average height of 3.50 mm (range 2.36-4.42, SD ± 0.60, n = 34), number of radial ribs 16-21 (mode = 20, SD= 1.69, n = 8) and greater shell obliqueness. L. chilensis is the only known species of the genus found off northern Chile.

  3. Squid catches (Mollusca: Cephalopoda by industrialfishing landed in Santos: comparison after 4 decades. Captura de lulas (Mollusca: Cephalopoda pela pesca industrial desembarcada em Santos: Comparação após 4 décadas.

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    M. A. Gasalla

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Analysis of the temporal variation of fishery resources’ landed catch is essential to monitor changes and alterations inthe fisheries and related aquatic ecosystems. Thus, analyzing catches after 4 decades represents a comparisonbetween an initial industrial fishing off Southeastern Brazil and a present exploitation phase, considered as decline, andis particularly uncommon due to the atypical data availability. Through the analysis of 1959 and 1999 Santos landing data,this study aims to identify: (a fleets and gears where squids occurred, with related proportions, (b differences in thesquid’s fishery between the two periods, and (c squids fishing grounds used by the industrial fleets in both periods.Squids were caught by pink-shrimp bottom-trawlers, but also occurred in the sea-bob shrimp fleet, pair-bottom trawlersand purse-seiners, especially in 1959. Differences between both periods can be clearly seen. In 1959, squid fishingareas were more restricted and in lower depths, and in 1999, the areas were broader and deeper. The decrease offishing boats, and the significant increase of squids catch volume can be verified, where its relative abundance (kg/towwas 400 times greater in 1999, showing a great availability increase of those resources in the later period or differenceson exploitation technology between periods. The existence of both “bottom-up” control mechanism (oceanographicvariation-recruitment-fishery production within the fishery ecosystem, and “top-down” control (fishermen-fisheries-structure of marine communities should be taken into account in the interpretation on the squids abundance variation. Analysis of the temporal variation of fishery resources’ landed catch is essential to monitor changes and alterations inthe fisheries and related aquatic ecosystems. Thus, analyzing catches after 4 decades represents a comparisonbetween an initial industrial fishing off Southeastern Brazil and a present exploitation phase, considered as decline, andis particularly uncommon due to the atypical data availability. Through the analysis of 1959 and 1999 Santos landing data,this study aims to identify: (a fleets and gears where squids occurred, with related proportions, (b differences in thesquid’s fishery between the two periods, and (c squids fishing grounds used by the industrial fleets in both periods.Squids were caught by pink-shrimp bottom-trawlers, but also occurred in the sea-bob shrimp fleet, pair-bottom trawlersand purse-seiners, especially in 1959. Differences between both periods can be clearly seen. In 1959, squid fishingareas were more restricted and in lower depths, and in 1999, the areas were broader and deeper. The decrease offishing boats, and the significant increase of squids catch volume can be verified, where its relative abundance (kg/towwas 400 times greater in 1999, showing a great availability increase of those resources in the later period or differenceson exploitation technology between periods. The existence of both “bottom-up” control mechanism (oceanographicvariation-recruitment-fishery production within the fishery ecosystem, and “top-down” control (fishermen-fisheries-structure of marine communities should be taken into account in the interpretation on the squids abundance variation.

  4. Viabilidad de espermatozoides criopreservados de macha Mesodesma donacium (Mollusca, Bivalvia) / Viability of cryopreserved spermatozoa of the surf clam Mesodesma donacium (Mollusca, Bivalvia)

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    Enrique, Dupré; Roberto, Joo.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Se evaluó la viabilidad de los espermatozoides de macha Mesodesma donacium sometidos a diferentes tratamientos de criopreservación mediante su motilidad y éxito de la fecundación con espermatozoides descongelados. En un arreglo factorial se evaluaron 42 protocolos, combinando tres tipos de crioprote [...] ctores (DMSO, Metanol y Pro-pilén-glicol), tres concentraciones (0,5 M, 1,0 M y 1,5 M), cuatro tasas de congelación (-5, -10, -15 y -206ºC·min-1) y dos tasas de descongelación (lenta: 72ºC·min-1 y rápida: 312ºC·min-1). Los mejores resultados de motilidad espermática (16,7%) se obtuvieron con DMSO 1,0 M como crioprotectante, a una tasa de congelación de -15ºC·min-1y descongelación lenta. Mientras que los mejores resultados de fecundación (84,4%) con espermatozoides congelados-descongelados se obtuvieron con DMSO 1,5 M a una tasa de congelación de -15ºC·min-1 y descongelación rápida Abstract in english The viability of the surf clam spermatozoa was evaluated using the percentage of fertilization obtained with cryopreserved spermatozoa and different protocols. In total, 42 protocols combined three types of cryoprotectants (DMSO, Methanol, and Prophylen-glycol) at three different concentrations (0.5 [...] M, 1.0 M, and 1.5 M), four freezing rates (-5, -10, -15, and -206ºC·min-1), and two thawing rates (slow: 72ºC·min-1 and fast: 312ºC·min-1). The best sperm motility was obtained with DMSO frozen at -15ºC·min-1 and with a slow thawing rate. The best fertilization percentages were obtained with DMSO frozen at -15ºC·min-1 but with a fast thawing rate

  5. Microscopic Anatomy of the Male Reproductive System in Echinolittorina peruviana (Mollusca: Caenogastropoda) Anatomía Microscópica del Sistema Reproductor Masculino de Echinolittorina peruviana (Mollusca: Caenogastropoda)

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    Castillo, Viviana M.; Brown, Donald I.

    2008-01-01

    Echinolittorina peruviana (Lamarck, 1822), a gonochoric representative of the Littorinidae on the SE Pacific coast, has a male reproductive system adapted for internal fertilization. We describe this system at both macro- and microscopic levéis, particularly the compartmentalized organization of the gonad, and the morphology of the penis. The male reproductive system has a variegated conical gonad-digestive gland complex. The gonad presents three compartments, 1) gametogenic acinar among the...

  6. Microscopic Anatomy of the Male Reproductive System in Echinolittorina peruviana (Mollusca: Caenogastropoda) / Anatomía Microscópica del Sistema Reproductor Masculino de Echinolittorina peruviana (Mollusca: Caenogastropoda)

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    Viviana M, Castillo; Donald I, Brown.

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Echinolittorina peruviana (Lamarck, 1822), representante gonocórico de Littorinidae en el Pacífico Sur, tiene un sistema reproductor masculino adaptado para la fecundacion interna, que en este estudio se describe a niveles macrocoscópico y microscópico; enfatizando la organizacion compartimentalizad [...] a de la gónada y la morfología del pene. El sistema reproductor masculino se presenta como un complejo cónico gónada-glándula digestiva abigarrado. La gónada presenta tres compartimientos: 1) gametogénico acinar entre los acinos glandulares, 2) periacinar con una capa de células somáticas fusiformes y 3) interacinar con células almacenadoras de glicógeno, compartido con los acinos glandulares. En el compartimiento gametogénico acinar ocurre la espermatogénesis con la línea germinal organizada en forma centrípeta hacia el lumen. Hacia anterior, la vesícula seminal almacena los productos de la espermatogénesis; en su region cefálica los euespermatozoides se unen al epitelio y los paraespermatozoides se distribuyen en el lumen. Este órgano se conecta con un conducto corto a la glándula prostática, abierta hacia la cavidad paleal en toda su longitud. La zona anterior de la glándula prostática se une al surco espermático cervical, que recorre el cuello del animal por la region paleal derecha; éste continúa como surco espermático peniano ascendiendo desde su base hasta la punta. El pene es cónico aguzado no pigmentado; hacia anterior adyacente a su base, hay un complejo glandular con un proceso mamiliforme y una region glandular discoidal. Su producto de secrecion sería una espícula de funcion desconocida, cuya histología es descrita por primera vez. En este complejo glandular, el proceso mamiliforme está constituido por la proyección espicular y una banda conjuntivo-muscular que lo rodea y separa de la region glandular folicular discoidal; su secrecion atraviesa dicha banda, incorporándose al epitelio de revestimiento interno del proceso. Abstract in english Echinolittorina peruviana (Lamarck, 1822), a gonochoric representative of the Littorinidae on the SE Pacific coast, has a male reproductive system adapted for internal fertilization. We describe this system at both macro- and microscopic levéis, particularly the compartmentalized organization of the [...] gonad, and the morphology of the penis. The male reproductive system has a variegated conical gonad-digestive gland complex. The gonad presents three compartments, 1) gametogenic acinar among the glandular acini, 2) periacinar with a layer of fusiform somatic cells and, 3) interacinar with glycogen storage cells shared with glandular acini. Spermatogenesis occurs within the acinar gametogenic compartment, with the germinal line organized in centripetal form towards the lumen. The seminal vesicle stores the products of spermatogenesis; in its cephalic region the euspermatozoa are united to the epithelium and the paraspermatozoa are distributed in the lumen. A short duct connects the seminal vesicle to the prostate gland that is open to the pallial cavity over its entire length. The anterior zone of the prostate gland is joined to the cervical spermatic groove that runs along the neck of the snail through the right pallial region ; this continúes as the penile spermatic groove, ascending from the base to the point of the penis. The penis is acutely conical and unpigmented; towards the anterior and adjacent to its base there is a glandular complex with a mamilliform process and a discoidal glandular region . The secretion from the discoidal region is transformed in a spicule of unknown function, whose histology is described here for the first time. The mamilliform process is formed by the spicular projection and a connective-muscle tissue band which surrounds it and separates it from the discoidal follicular glandular region ; the follicular secretion crosses this band and is incorporated into the epithelium which lines the interior of the process.

  7. Características físicas e químicas do habitat da Biomphalaria tenagophila (Mollusca, Planorbidae) / Physical and chemical characteristics of the habitat of Biomphalaria tenagophila (Mollusca, Planorbidae)

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    Maria de Lourdes Machado, Grisolia; José Rabelo de, Freitas.

    1985-06-01

    Full Text Available Foram realizadas mensalmente, através de conchadas aleatórias, coletas de caramujos e de água, em uma pequena represa, visando a contribuir para o conhecimento das características físico-químicas da água e sua possível influência sobre alguns parâmetros, biológicos. Dos 17 fatores analisados, a Alca [...] linidade e a Condutividade se mostraram positivamente correlacionadas com a densidade de B. tenagophila (r = +0,224 e +0,290), enquanto que CO2 e Acidez se correlacionaram negativamente com densidade (r = -0,592 e -0,601). Alcalinidade e Dureza Total apresentaram valores um pouco acima de 100 mg/l de CaCO3; Condutividade e Cloretos, teores considerados altos para a região (680,1 ± 64,3micronS/cm e 94,9 ± 38,7 mg/l). Os demais fatores, como pH e OD, estiveram dentro dos padrões de águas brutas de abastecimento. As densidades de B. tenagophila foram mais baixas nos seis meses subseqüentes a um longo período de chuvas tortenciais (12 a 30 caramujos/ 90 conchadas/mês) e nos verões chuvosos. Nos meses mais frios de 1980 foram mais elevadas. Os diâmetros médios mensais foram sempre superiores a 13 mm, chegando a 21,4 ± 4,1 mm; mas a média da maioria dos meses girou em torno de 17 mm. Não houve correlação diâmetro/densidade (r = 0,037), nem densidade/temperatura (r = 0,065). Abstract in english Samples of water and snails collected through aleatory scoops in a small dam were done to obtain data concerning the physical and chemical characteristics of the water and their possible influence on biological aspects of the life cycle of snails. Among the 17 analysed parameters, Alkalinity and Con [...] ductivity showed a positive correlation with the density of B. tenagophila (r = +0.224 and r = +0.290), while CO2 and Acidity were negatively correlated with this populacional parameter (r = -0.592 and 0.601). Alkalinity and Total Hardness values were slightly higher than 100 mg/l CaCO3. Chlorides and Conductivity showed means of 94.9 ± 38.7 and 680.1 ± 643 microS/cm; these values are very high for that region. Other factors like pH and OD are according to the pattern for provision untreated waters. The density of B. tenagophila declined in the 6th month after a long period of torrential rains and in the rainy summers. In the colder months of the following year the density was higher (until 124 individuals/months/90 scoops). The monthly mean of the diameters of the snails was always larger than 13 mm, reaching 21.4 ± 4.1 mm, but the mode was about 17 mm. There was no correlation between diameter/density (r = 0.037) and density/temperature (r = 0.065).

  8. Cellular biomarker responses of limpets (Mollusca as measure of sensitivity to cadmiumcontamination Sellulêre biomerkerresponse as maatstaf van gevoeligheid van klipmossels (Mollusca vir kadmiumbesoedeling

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    Koot Reinecke

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Due to the availability and chemical nature of some heavy metals, sub-lethal toxicant levels may persist in the ocean waters and may cause physiological problems and toxicity in invertebrates and other marine organisms. Although studies of metal concentrations in False Bay showed relatively low mean concentrations of Cd, invertebrates such as molluscs, crustaceans and many other groups are able to accumulate high levels of heavy metals in their tissues and still survive in the heaviest polluted areas. They can accumulate numerous pollutants from natural waters in quantities that are many orders of magnitude higher than background levels. Bioaccumulation ofcadmium in intertidal species could cause stress which may be measurable at the cellular level. A variety of limpet species that may serve as suitable ecotoxicological monitoring species occur in abundance on rocky shores along the South African coastline. The aim of this study was to obtain sensitivity data which could contribute to the selection of a suitable monitoring species and the eventual establishment of a species sensitivity distribution model (SSD with a biomarker responseas endpoint. The limpets Cymbula oculus, Scutellastra longicosta, Cymbula granatina and Scutellastragranularis as well as water samples were collected at two localities in False Bay, South Africa. Analysis of water and biological samples were done by atomic absorption spectrometry. Exposures were done to three different sublethal concentrations of cadmium in the laboratory in static flow tanks over three days. There was a moderate increase in cadmium body concentrations over time. Results obtained at three exposure concentrations showed no significant differences in metal concentrations between the different C. oculus samples. Significant differences were obtained between the control and the exposure groups for each exposure time except between the control and the 1mg/L CdCl2 exposure group after 24 and 72 hours of exposure. Cd body concentrations(soft tissue varied between 4.56 and 21.41µg/g (wet mass.Mean Cd concentrations in soft tissue of S. longicosta was considerably lower (varying between 1.18 and 19.58 µg/g Cd than in the tissues of C. oculus. The control group differed significantly from the 0.8 and 1 mg/L CdCl2 exposures after 48 and 72 hours. Mean Cd body concentrations in S. granular is were the highest of all exposed species, reaching a level of 148 µg/g Cd at the highest exposure concentration and differed significantly from the means of the other samples of the 0.8 mg/L CdCl2 exposure group after 72 hours and from the 1 mg/L CdCl2 group after 24 hours. Significant differences were also obtained between theCd body concentrations of C. granatina for the three exposure concentrations and three exposure times. Lysosomal membrane integrity was determined for both exposed and control animals, using the neutral red retention assay. Three of the four species showed a significant decrease in retention times with an increase in Cd concentration. Inter-species differences in sensitivity to environmentally relevant cadmium concentrations were reflected in the biomarker responses. Based on reduction of NRR times, the order of relative sensitivity to cadmium was S. granularis >C. oculus> S. longicosta.> C.granatina. Die bioakkumulasie van kadmium in tussengetyspesies kan stres veroorsaak wat op sellulêre vlakmeetbaar is. Verskeie klipmosselspesies kom volop op rotse aan die Suid-Afrikaanse kuslyn vooren kan moontlik vir ekotokiskologiese monitering gebruik word. Die oogmerk van die studie wasom sensitiwiteitsdata te verkry wat kan bydrae tot die kies van ’n geskikte spesie vir monitering endie uiteindelike daarstelling van ’n model vir spesie sensitiwiteitsverspreiding (SSV wat ’nbiomerkerrespons as eindpunt gebruik. Die klipmossels Cymbula oculus, Scutellastra longicosta,Cymbula granatina en Scutellastra granularis en watermonsters is in Valsbaai versamel. Analisesvan kadmium in water en biologiese monsters is met behulp van atoomabsorpsiespektrofotometrieuit

  9. New records of Bentharca asperula (Dall, 1881) (Mollusca, Bivalvia, Arcidae) from Brazil / Novos registros de Bentharca asperula (Dall, 1881) (Mollusca, Bivalvia, Arcidae) para o Brasil

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    Flávio Dias, Passos; Adolpho, Birman.

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Espécimes de Bentharca asperula (Dall, 1881) foram obtidos em águas profundas da costa dos Estados de Rio de Janeiro e São Paulo, e suas conchas descritas, ilustradas e comparadas com descrições e ilustrações obtidas da literatura. A espécie possui concha pequena, fortemente inequilateral, com valva [...] s de contorno trapezoidal e expandidas ventro-posteriormente; os umbos são localizados aproximadamente no terço anterior do comprimento da linha da charneira, que é reta. A escultura externa consiste de linhas concêntricas, irregularmente espaçadas, interceptadas por estrias radiais finas; o perióstraco é piloso, formando uma cobertura semelhante a sapé. Os dentes da charneira são pequenos, dispostos em duas séries interrompidas pelo ligamento. Com este registro feito a partir de espécimes vivos provenientes da Bacia de Campos, a distribuição geográfica de B. asperula pode ser então estendida na costa brasileira, confirmando sua larga ocorrência no Oceano Atlântico. Abstract in english Specimens of Bentharca asperula (Dall, 1881) were obtained from deep waters of the coasts of the Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo States, and their shells described, illustrated and compared with descriptions and illustrations obtained from the literature. This species has a small strongly inequilateral [...] shell, trapezoidal in outline and expanded ventro-posteriorly; their umbos are placed at about 1/3 of the anterior length of their straight hinge line. The external sculpture consists of irregular spaced concentric ridges, intercepted by fine radiating striae; the periostracum is hairy, forming a cover as a thatch. Hinge teeth are small, disposed in two series interrupted by the ligament. With this finding of living specimens from the Bacia de Campos, the distribution of B. asperula can now be extended in the Brazilian coast, confirming its wide spread in the Atlantic Ocean.

  10. Faunistics (marine animals) : Porifera, Cnidaria, "Lower" worms, Annelida, "Gephyrea", Crustacea, Arthropoda, Mollusca-1, Mollusca-2, Tentaculata, Echinodermata, Deuterostomia. (About 570 species).

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    These PowerPoint files are compiled from various sources: Internet, field guides, scientific monographs, textbooks, my own photos and drawings, etc. I have no copyright or permission to use most of the illustrations. The file is therefore only intended for internal use within the Marine Biology course. Please, do not put it on Internet or distribute it by any means.     The reason for me to create this file is to facilitate the learning of species. We do not have enough time for field and laboratory work to allow students to learn to know the most important species by that method. We hope that the students will use the files as a preparation before the practicals.     Each slide in the files contain text, references to two books (see below), illustration(s) of a species and the name of that species. You are recommended to run the file in the slide show mode (Slide Show menue: View Show; or press the button (        ) in the lower left corner of the screen). If you do this, the contents of each slide will appear without the species name. Next time the return button is pressed the name will appear. Next time return is pressed, the following species will appear, etc. (Text covering characters for identification have only been included for about a quarter of the species only, because of lack of time).     These files contain information of about 570 species of marine invertebrates found in the waters around Denmark. They should be the most common species. Which species should be selected for files like these? It is a difficult question and it could always be argued that additional species should be included, but I had to define the limit somewhere. I decided to include the species in the two books stated below, plus a few more. The files were made on a Macintosh computer (PowerBook G4) with the programme PowerPoint X for Mac® Service Release 1.     Comments and suggestions are welcome from students and colleagues. HD&P = Køie, Kristiansen & Weitemeyer, Havets dyr og planter. DN = Danmarks Natur, vol. 3, Havet     Tomas Cedhagen, Department of Marine Ecology, University of Aarhus, Finlandsgade 14, DK-8200 Aarhus N, Denmark. Email: cedhagen@biology.au.dk Fysisk medie: CD

  11. Análisis tafonómico de quitones (Polyplacophora: Mollusca) holocenos de Tierra del Fuego, Argentina / Taphonomic analysis of Holocene chitons (Polyplacophora: Mollusca) from Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

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    Sandra, Gordillo.

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available En el Holoceno marino de Tierra del Fuego los quitones representan una fracción menor dentro de las asociaciones de moluscos, principalmente formadas por bivalvos y gastrópodos. En este trabajo se analizan las razones de su escasa abundancia relativa. El análisis de sus atributos tafonómicos y paleo [...] ntológicos indica que la condición tafonómica de una placa de quitón es el resultado de una combinación de factores biológicos, ecológicos y ambientales. Se concluye que los quitones constituyen buenos indicadores paleoecológicos y paleoambientales, ya que mantienen fidelidad ecológica respecto a las paleocomunidades de las cuales derivan, y también permiten evaluar los procesos post-mortem ocurridos hasta su descubrimiento. Abstract in english Chitons from the marine Holocene of Tierra del Fuego represent a minor fraction of the mollusc assemblages, mostly composed of bivalves and gastropods. The reasons of their limited relative abundance are considered in this work. The analysis of their taphonomic and paleontologic attributes indicates [...] that the taphonomic condition on a chiton plate is the result of a combination of biological, ecological and environmental factors. It is concluded that chitons are good paleoecological and paleoenvironmental indicators, since they maintain ecological fidelity with respect to their original paleocommunities and they are suitable to evaluate the post-mortem events that took place up to they are found within the fossil record.

  12. Estudo do crescimento e da reprodução de Bradybaena similaris (Férussac) (Mollusca, Xanthonychidae) em laboratório / Growth and reproduction of Bradybaena similaris (Férussac) (Mollusca, Xanthonychidae) in laboratory conditions

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    Marcelo Nocelle de, Almeida; Elisabeth Cristina de Almeida, Bessa.

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    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english Biological aspects of Bradybaena similaris (Férussac, 1821) were studied, such as: onset of sexual maturity, occurrence of self-fertilization, oviposition, incubation period, eclosion rate and shell length measurement at different stages of development. It was noted that in isolated B. similaris the [...] minimum and maximum time for reaching sexual maturity were 109 and 180 days, respectively. When kept in groups, the minimum time was 78 days. The occurrence of self-fertilization was observed in 18.4% of specimens. The total number of eggs per oviposition varied from one to 38 (average: 3,5 ± 7,15), the total number of eggs per mollusc varied from one to 39 (average: 7,0 ± 10,21) and the total number of oviposition per mollusc varied form one to six (averege: 2,0 ± 1,27). Thirty ovipositions (894 eggs) were followed and the minimum eclosion time of the young was 14 days, the maximum eclosion time was 35 days and the average 23,69 days. The eclosion average percent was 81,22. As to the shell length in different growth stages, it was observed that in B. similaris the length of the shell was similar until 30 days for age. After this period isolated specimens acquired a greater growth rhythm when compared to that of grouped specimens. The maximum shell length of isolated specimens was 17,4 mm whereas grouped specimens reached 14,5 mm. In this specie, individuals that were kept grouped became sexually mature earlier than isolated ones. Individuals kept isolated reach larger length of shell. In the moment of the sexual maturity, the length of the shell in the individuals tha were kept isolated was smaller than the grouped.

  13. CEFALÓPODOS (MOLLUSCA: CEPHALOPODA) DEL TALUD SUPERIOR DEL CARIBE COLOMBIANO / CEPHALOPODS SPECIES (MOLLUSCA: CEPHALOPODA) IN THE UPPER SHELF SLOPE OF THE COLOMBIAN CARIBBEAN

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    Adriana, Gracia C; Néstor, Ardila E; Juan M, Díaz.

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Siete especies de cefalópodos de aguas profundas fueron identificadas entre el material colectado en cuatro cruceros exploratorios realizados durante 1998 y 1999, a lo largo del talud superior del Caribe colombiano, entre 200 y 500 m de profundidad. Semirossia tenera, S. equalis, Heteroteuthis dispa [...] r, Opisthoteuthis agassizii, Octopus burryi y Benthoctopus oregonae son registradas por primera vez para el área. S. tenera fue la especie más común, acumulando el 75% de la abundancia total. Abstract in english Seven cephalopod species were identified from material collected during four exploratory cruises carried out in 1998 and 1999 along the upper shelf slope of the Colombian Caribbean at depths between 200 and 500 m. Semirossia tenera, S. equalis, Heteroteuthis dispar, Opisthoteuthis agassizii, Benthoc [...] topus oregonae and Octopus burryi are first recorded for the area. S. tenera was the most common species, representing 75% of the total abundance.

  14. Cercariae of trematodes from Bythinella austriaca (Frauenfeld, 1857) agg. (Gastropoda, Prosobranchia).

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    Faltýnková, Anna; Literák, I.

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    Ro?. 47, ?. 3 (2002), 196?204. ISSN 1230-2821 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z6022909 Keywords : cercariae * Trematoda * Bythinella austriaca Subject RIV: EG - Zoology Impact factor: 0.732, year: 2002

  15. Sphincterochilidae from Tunisia, with a note on the subgenus Rima Pallary, 1910 (Gastropoda, Pulmonata

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    Said Nouira

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available In order to establish an updated checklist of terrestrial gastropod from Tunisia, a revision of the species of Sphincterochilidae is presented, using bibliographic and museum records and the results of our own field work. As a result, only two species, Sphincterochila candidissima and S. tunetana, are accepted to occur in Tunisia, and their type specimens are illustrated. The study of the morphological characters of the genital organs of both species clarified their subgeneric affiliation. Comparison of S. tunetana with S. cariosa from Lebanon showed that the first has to be classified within the subgenus Albea, and the latter within Sphincterochila s. str.; the subgenus Rima Pallary, 1910 remains in the synonymy of Sphincterochila s. str. Bibliographic records of S. baetica and S. otthiana from Tunisia could not be confirmed, the latter probably lives close to the border with Algeria.

  16. Sphincterochilidae from Tunisia, with a note on the subgenus Rima Pallary, 1910 (Gastropoda, Pulmonata)

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    Said Nouira; Intidhar Abbes; Eike Neubert

    2011-01-01

    In order to establish an updated checklist of terrestrial gastropod from Tunisia, a revision of the species of Sphincterochilidae is presented, using bibliographic and museum records and the results of our own field work. As a result, only two species, Sphincterochila candidissima and Sphincterochila tunetana, are accepted to occur in Tunisia, and their type specimens are illustrated. The study of the morphological characters of the genital organs of both species clarified their subgeneric af...

  17. Synopsis of valid species-group taxa for freshwater Gastropoda recorded from the European Neogene

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    Neubauer, Thomas A.; Kroh, Andreas; Harzhauser, Mathias; Georgopoulou, Elisavet; Mandic, Oleg

    2014-01-01

    Here we present a complete list of all valid species-group taxa of freshwater gastropods reported from Miocene and Pliocene deposits in Europe. The last comparable work dates back to the 1920s and covered about 1,600 names. The extensive literature research underlying the present work revealed considerable changes in the taxonomic and systematic frameworks of Neogene freshwater gastropods and yielded a total number of 2,156 accepted taxa. Each taxon is accompanied by a full citation of its fi...

  18. Crecimiento del caracol Strombus gigas (Gastropoda: Strombidae) en cuatro ambientes de Quintana Roo, México

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    Alberto de Jesús, Navarrete.

    2001-03-01

    Full Text Available Se estudió la tasa de crecimiento de caracoles cultivados en corrales en cuatro ambientes diferentes. El cultivo se realizó de octubre de 1993 a marzo de 1994. 16 corrales de 50 m² de área cada uno, cuatro por ambiente, fueron colocados en los siguientes ambientes: Thalassia, Thalassia-arena, Arena [...] y Coral, todos dentro de la laguna arrecifal en Punta Gavilán y Banco Chinchorro. En cada ambiente se introdujeron 20 caracoles de las siguientes tallas: 1) 100-120, 2) 120-140, 3) 140-160 y 4) 160-180 mm de longitud de concha. Los caracoles se midieron mensualmente con un vernier con una precisión de un mm. El crecimiento se evaluó por dos métodos: a) el incremento marginal promedio de la concha y por el método de Gulland-Holt. En el primer método, el ambiente Arena mostró el mayor crecimiento (3.21 + 0.26 mm/mes) en Punta Gavilán, mientras que en Banco Chinchorro, el mayor crecimiento ocurrió en coral (2.31 + 0.44 mm/mes). Con el segúndo método la mayor longitud asintótica en Punta Gavilán se midió en Thalassia-arena (287.5 mm), mientras que en Banco Chinchorro, la mayor longitud asintótica se midió en Arena (318.1 mm). Existieron diferencias significativas en el crecimiento entre los sitios y eso muestra que el crecimiento de los juveniles se relaciona con la cantidad de alimento disponible el cual fue mayor en Thalassia y Thalassia-arena. Sin embargo se requiere evaluar la cantidad de alimento, principalmente microfitobentos en los ambientes sin vegetación como Arena y Coral. Abstract in english The growth rate of queen conch cultured in pens was studied from October 1993 to March 1994. Sixteen pens (50 m² each, four pens per environment), were set in four environments: Thalassia, Thalassia-sand, Sand and Coral within a reef lagoon on Punta Gavilan and Banco Chinchorro. Twenty conchs were i [...] ntroduced in each pen (sizes: 100-120, 120-140, 140-160 and 160-180 mm shell length) and measured monthly to the nearest mm. Growth rate was assessed by two methods: a) shell marginal mean increase and b) the Gulland-Holt method considering all conch within pens. In the first method, the environment Sand had the highest growth (3.21 + 0.26 mm/month) at Punta Gavilan, whereas at Banco Chinchorro, highest growth was recorded in Coral (2.31 + 0.44 mm/month). Considering the second method, highest asymptotic length conch in Punta Gavilan occurred in Thalassia-sand (287.5 mm), whereas in Banco Chinchorro the highest asymptotic length was measured in Sand (318.1 mm). There were significant differences in growth between sites; juvenile growth is related with habitat quality mainly food availability.

  19. Crecimiento del caracol Strombus gigas (Gastropoda: Strombidae en cuatro ambientes de Quintana Roo, México

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    Alberto de Jesús Navarrete

    2001-03-01

    Full Text Available Se estudió la tasa de crecimiento de caracoles cultivados en corrales en cuatro ambientes diferentes. El cultivo se realizó de octubre de 1993 a marzo de 1994. 16 corrales de 50 m² de área cada uno, cuatro por ambiente, fueron colocados en los siguientes ambientes: Thalassia, Thalassia-arena, Arena y Coral, todos dentro de la laguna arrecifal en Punta Gavilán y Banco Chinchorro. En cada ambiente se introdujeron 20 caracoles de las siguientes tallas: 1 100-120, 2 120-140, 3 140-160 y 4 160-180 mm de longitud de concha. Los caracoles se midieron mensualmente con un vernier con una precisión de un mm. El crecimiento se evaluó por dos métodos: a el incremento marginal promedio de la concha y por el método de Gulland-Holt. En el primer método, el ambiente Arena mostró el mayor crecimiento (3.21 + 0.26 mm/mes en Punta Gavilán, mientras que en Banco Chinchorro, el mayor crecimiento ocurrió en coral (2.31 + 0.44 mm/mes. Con el segúndo método la mayor longitud asintótica en Punta Gavilán se midió en Thalassia-arena (287.5 mm, mientras que en Banco Chinchorro, la mayor longitud asintótica se midió en Arena (318.1 mm. Existieron diferencias significativas en el crecimiento entre los sitios y eso muestra que el crecimiento de los juveniles se relaciona con la cantidad de alimento disponible el cual fue mayor en Thalassia y Thalassia-arena. Sin embargo se requiere evaluar la cantidad de alimento, principalmente microfitobentos en los ambientes sin vegetación como Arena y Coral.The growth rate of queen conch cultured in pens was studied from October 1993 to March 1994. Sixteen pens (50 m² each, four pens per environment, were set in four environments: Thalassia, Thalassia-sand, Sand and Coral within a reef lagoon on Punta Gavilan and Banco Chinchorro. Twenty conchs were introduced in each pen (sizes: 100-120, 120-140, 140-160 and 160-180 mm shell length and measured monthly to the nearest mm. Growth rate was assessed by two methods: a shell marginal mean increase and b the Gulland-Holt method considering all conch within pens. In the first method, the environment Sand had the highest growth (3.21 + 0.26 mm/month at Punta Gavilan, whereas at Banco Chinchorro, highest growth was recorded in Coral (2.31 + 0.44 mm/month. Considering the second method, highest asymptotic length conch in Punta Gavilan occurred in Thalassia-sand (287.5 mm, whereas in Banco Chinchorro the highest asymptotic length was measured in Sand (318.1 mm. There were significant differences in growth between sites; juvenile growth is related with habitat quality mainly food availability.

  20. Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Helicidae, Cepaea nemoralis (Linnaeus, 1758): New records for Montreal, Canada

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    Örstan, A.

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    The European land snail Cepaea nemoralis (Linnaeus, 1758) was introduced in North America in 1857 inBurlington, New Jersey, U.S.A. There is only one anedoctal record of C. nemoralis from Montreal, Canada, but without a dateor an exact location. In this note, recent records of C. nemoralis are presented for Montreal, based on surveys from 7 to 9August 2009 along a southwest to northeast transect parallel to the Montreal-Dorion-Rigaud commuter railroad.

  1. Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Helicidae, Cepaea nemoralis (Linnaeus, 1758: New records for Montreal, Canada

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    Örstan, A.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The European land snail Cepaea nemoralis (Linnaeus, 1758 was introduced in North America in 1857 inBurlington, New Jersey, U.S.A. There is only one anedoctal record of C. nemoralis from Montreal, Canada, but without a dateor an exact location. In this note, recent records of C. nemoralis are presented for Montreal, based on surveys from 7 to 9August 2009 along a southwest to northeast transect parallel to the Montreal-Dorion-Rigaud commuter railroad.

  2. Ecomorphological Analyses of Marine Mollusks' Shell Thickness of Rapana venosa (VALENCIENNES, 1846 (Gastropoda: Muricidae

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    Igor P. Bondarev

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    Full Text Available Shell thickness of Rapana venosa was investigated from ecologically different places of the Azov – Black Sea basin. In the formation of the shell thickness there are two major trends: thickening with age, and inversely proportional to the size of the thickening of even-aged individuals of the same population. Shell thickness formation was analyzed in connection with biotic and abiotic environmental factors of influence. R. venosa ontogeny is not conducive to the rapid succession newly acquired characters in local populations. The formation of a thick shell is mainly the individual response of bions to the environment. Individuals’ of the same type reaction is the cause of formation of specific conchological characters of separate populations or parts thereof. Mechanical impacts (e.g. damage by breaking predators and storm waves hitting on rocks have no significant effect on the increasing of thickness of shells. Comparative analysis of the thickness of the shell of R. venosa from areas with different salinity shows that the direct relationship between these parameters is absent. R. venosa is capable of forming its own salinity medium in the mantle cavity, which is different from the external environment. The main factor influencing the formation of a thick-walled shell is the amplitude of the temperature fluctuations in the locality. Shell thickness of R. venosa was considered as ecomorphological character in comparison with the same feature of shell-bearing mollusks from the World Ocean at different latitude zones. It is shown that high temperature gradient is one of the most important factors of forming a thick shell. The greatest show this intertidal species and ecomorphs of temperate and high latitudes, where the temperature gradients are most expressed.

  3. Locomotion of Stramonita haemastoma (Linnaeus (Gastropoda, Muricidae on a mixed shore of rocks and sand

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    Marcos G. Papp

    2001-03-01

    Full Text Available Mixed shores of rocks and sand are appropriate systems for the study of limitations that the isolation of rocks may impose for gastropods that typically inhabit rocky shores. We marked 52 Stramonita haemastoma (Linnaeus, 1767 snails on a mixed shore and found that 34 of them moved between rocks one to four times during 15 surveys in a period of 72 days. In the experiments, the snails moved on rock by continuous, direct, ditaxic, alternate undulations of the foot sole but on submerged sand they used slower arrhythmic discontinuous contractions of the foot sole. They switched between modes of locomotion in response to the type and topography of the substrate and possibly to water dynamics. In nature, snails moved between rocks forming aggregations where they oviposited. This may have masked other causes of movement, such as availability of prey. Most snails burrowed into the sand when the rocks became exposed during low tides. Further experiments are needed to explicitly address the possible causes of movements among rocks and burial.

  4. New taxa of terrestrial molluscs from Turkey (Gastropoda, Pristilomatidae, Enidae, Hygromiidae, Helicidae

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    Burçin Gümüs

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports on results of several collecting trips of the authors in Turkey. In the course of this research, a long-lasting question was addressed. It could be proven that the nominal species Bulimus frivaldskyi L. Pfeiffer, 1847 is closely related to Meijeriella canaliculata Bank, 1985, and thus this species is shifted from the genus Ena Turton, 1831, to the genus Meijeriella Bank, 1985. Meijeriella canaliculata Bank, 1985, could be recorded from Turkey for the first time. The nomenclatural situation of the species Euchondrus septemdentatus (Roth, 1839 vs. its replacement name Euchondrus borealis (Mousson, 1874 is discussed. A new arrangement of the species formely comprised in the genus Zebrina Held, 1837 is presented, and the genera Rhabdoena Kobelt & Moellendorff, 1902, and Leucomastus A. Wagner, 1927 are re-established. The following species and subspecies new to science could be described: Vitrea gostelii sp. n. (Pristilomatidae, Turanena demirsoyi sp. n., Euchondrus paucidentatus sp. n., Rhabdoena gostelii sp. n. (all Enidae, Metafruticicola kizildagensis sp. n. (Hygromiidae, and Assyriella thospitis menkhorsti ssp. n. (Helicidae. For several other species, new distribution records are listed.

  5. Colour morphotypes of Elysia timida (Sacoglossa, Gastropoda) are determined by light acclimation in food algae

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    J. COSTA; Giménez Casalduero, Francisca; Melo, Ricardo; Jesus, Bruno

    2012-01-01

    Elysia timida (Risso, 1818) colonizing the shallow waters of the Mar Menor Lagoon (Spain) exhibit a brown and a green morph. It was hypothesised that these morphs were the result of feeding preferentially on brown and green algae, respectively. E. timida and its potential food sources, Acetabularia acetabulum (Chlorophyta) and Halopteris filicina (Heterokontophyta) were collected by snorkelling during April 2010. Photosynthetic pigments were analysed by HPLC, photo-physiological parameters we...

  6. EPR Investigation of Gamma-Irradiated Rapana Thomasiana (Gastropoda, Muricidae) Shell

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    The shell of Rapana Thomasiana snail, a carnivorous gastropod collected from the coasts of the Black Sea (Romania) was investigated by using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. The samples in powder form were irradiated with a 60Co gamma-ray source at ambient temperature in the dose range between 1.06 and 11.3 kGy. The measurements showed that the EPR signal intensity enhanced following saturation exponential with the absorbed dose. The estimated EPR parameters: g1 = 1.9976, g2 = 2.0006, g3 = 2.0015, g4 = 2.0030 and g5 = 2.0043 revealed a complex spectrum consisting of CO2-, CO33- and CO3- species. A very weak signal at g6 = 2.0057 was associated to SO2- electron center. All EPR signals of gamma-irradiated samples decreased with various rate with the of 100 deg. C isothermal annealing time

  7. Population ecology and fishery of Cittarium pica (Gastropoda: Trochidae on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica

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    Stefanie Schmidt

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available The West Indian Topshell Cittarium pica is artisanally collected on rocky shores along the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. There are neither data on the state of its exploitation nor exist any regulation of the fishery. From October 2000 to March 2001, the population dynamics of this species were studied at an unexploited and two exploited sites to determine the present impact of the fishery on the resource. Average population density with 14 ind./m² about three times higher at the unexploited than at the exploited sites. Length-frequeney histograms showed a strong shift towards smaller specimens at the exploited sites, which is also reflected in significantly higher rates of total mortality (Z = 4.05 and 4.47 when compared to the unexploited site (Z = 1.47. Von Bertalanffy growth parameters were estimated as k = 0.19-0.28 (yr-1 and L?= 104 mm. No significant differences were found among sites. From these values a range of the growth performance index ? was computed ( ? = 3.31-3.48 which lies at the lower end of the values reported for other tropical marine gastropods. The size at first maturity for both sexes combined was estimated as 29.20 ± 1.14 mm. Exploitation rates >0.6 for both exploited sites and a large fraction of small specimens (El caracol Cittarium pica (West Indian Top Shell es recolectado en forma artesanal en zonas rocosas de la costa Caribe de Costa Rica. A la fecha no hay datos sobre esta extracción ni existe regulación de su pesquería. La dinámica poblacional de esta especie fue evaluada, desde octubre del 2000 hasta marzo del 2001, en dos sitios en los cuales la especies es recolectada (Playa Negra y Cahuita, y en un sitio protegido de la actividad pesquera (Isla Uvita. La densidad promedio de la población fue 14 ind/m², cerca de tres veces más alta en el sitio protegido que en los dos no protegidos. Los histogramas de frecuencia de tallas mostraron un fuerte sesgo hacia los ejemplares más pequeños en los sitios no protegidos, lo que se refleja también en tasas de mortalidad total significativamente más altas (Z = 4.05 y 4.47 cuando se les compara con el sitio protegido (Z = 1.47. Los parámetros de crecimiento según von Bertalanffy fueron estirnados en k = 0.19 - 0.28 / año y L?= 104 mm. No se encontró diferencias significativas entre los sitios. A partir de estos valores el índice ? (performance index ? estuvo en un ?mbito de 3.31 a 3.48, el cual se encuentra entre los valores bajos informados para otros gastrópodos tropicales. La edad a la primera madurez sexual para ambos sexos combinados fue estimada en 29.20 ± 1.14 mm. Las tasas de explotación fueron mayores a 0.6 para los sitios no protegidos y un alto componente de ejemplares pequeños (menos de 30 mm en las recolectas, sugieren una sobre explotación de los adultos y sobrepesca en el reclutamiento. Con base en la estimación de la captura máxima sostenible (maximum sustainable yield, se recomienda algunas medidas reguladores de la pesquería como el control de un tamaño mínimo de desernbarque de 40 mm y la veda de la pesquería durante los rneses de reproducción (de julio a noviembre.

  8. Population ecology and fishery of Cittarium pica (Gastropoda: Trochidae) on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica

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    Stefanie, Schmidt; Matthias, Wolff; José A., Vargas.

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    Full Text Available El caracol Cittarium pica (West Indian Top Shell) es recolectado en forma artesanal en zonas rocosas de la costa Caribe de Costa Rica. A la fecha no hay datos sobre esta extracción ni existe regulación de su pesquería. La dinámica poblacional de esta especie fue evaluada, desde octubre del 2000 hast [...] a marzo del 2001, en dos sitios en los cuales la especies es recolectada (Playa Negra y Cahuita), y en un sitio protegido de la actividad pesquera (Isla Uvita). La densidad promedio de la población fue 14 ind/m², cerca de tres veces más alta en el sitio protegido que en los dos no protegidos. Los histogramas de frecuencia de tallas mostraron un fuerte sesgo hacia los ejemplares más pequeños en los sitios no protegidos, lo que se refleja también en tasas de mortalidad total significativamente más altas (Z = 4.05 y 4.47) cuando se les compara con el sitio protegido (Z = 1.47). Los parámetros de crecimiento según von Bertalanffy fueron estirnados en k = 0.19 - 0.28 / año y L?= 104 mm. No se encontró diferencias significativas entre los sitios. A partir de estos valores el índice ? (performance index ?) estuvo en un ?mbito de 3.31 a 3.48, el cual se encuentra entre los valores bajos informados para otros gastrópodos tropicales. La edad a la primera madurez sexual para ambos sexos combinados fue estimada en 29.20 ± 1.14 mm. Las tasas de explotación fueron mayores a 0.6 para los sitios no protegidos y un alto componente de ejemplares pequeños (menos de 30 mm) en las recolectas, sugieren una sobre explotación de los adultos y sobrepesca en el reclutamiento. Con base en la estimación de la captura máxima sostenible (maximum sustainable yield), se recomienda algunas medidas reguladores de la pesquería como el control de un tamaño mínimo de desernbarque de 40 mm y la veda de la pesquería durante los rneses de reproducción (de julio a noviembre). Abstract in english The West Indian Topshell Cittarium pica is artisanally collected on rocky shores along the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. There are neither data on the state of its exploitation nor exist any regulation of the fishery. From October 2000 to March 2001, the population dynamics of this species were stu [...] died at an unexploited and two exploited sites to determine the present impact of the fishery on the resource. Average population density with 14 ind./m² about three times higher at the unexploited than at the exploited sites. Length-frequeney histograms showed a strong shift towards smaller specimens at the exploited sites, which is also reflected in significantly higher rates of total mortality (Z = 4.05 and 4.47) when compared to the unexploited site (Z = 1.47). Von Bertalanffy growth parameters were estimated as k = 0.19-0.28 (yr-1) and L?= 104 mm. No significant differences were found among sites. From these values a range of the growth performance index ? was computed ( ? = 3.31-3.48) which lies at the lower end of the values reported for other tropical marine gastropods. The size at first maturity for both sexes combined was estimated as 29.20 ± 1.14 mm. Exploitation rates >0.6 for both exploited sites and a large fraction of small specimens (

  9. Terrestrial slugs (Gastropoda, Pulmonata) in the NATURA 2000 areas of Cyprus island.

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    Vardinoyannis, Katerina; Demetropoulos, Simon; Mylonas, Moissis; A Triantis, Kostas; Makris, Christodoulos; Georgiou, Gabriel; Wiktor, Andrzej; Demetropoulos, Andreas

    2012-01-01

    Terrestrial slugs of the Island of Cyprus were recently studied in the framework of a study of the whole terrestrial malacofauna of the island. The present work was carried out in the Natura 2000 conservation areas of the island in 155 sampling sites over three years (2004-2007). Museum collections as well as literature references were included. In total six species are present in the Natura 2000 areas of the island, belonging to three families: Limacidae, Agriolimacidae and Milacidae. One of the species, Milax riedeli, is a new record for the island. The distribution of the species across the island and in the surrounding areas is discussed. PMID:22451785

  10. Terrestrial slugs (Gastropoda, Pulmonata) in the NATURA 2000 areas of Cyprus island

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    Katerina Vardinoyannis; Simon Demetropoulos; Moissis Mylonas; Triantis,Kostas A.; Christodoulos Makris; Gabriel Georgiou; Andrzej Wiktor; Andreas Demetropoulos

    2012-01-01

    Terrestrial slugs of the Island of Cyprus were recently studied in the framework of a study of the whole terrestrial malacofauna of the island. The present work was carried out in the Natura 2000 conservation areas of the island in 155 sampling sites over three years (2004–2007). Museum collections as well as literature references were included. In total six species are present in the Natura 2000 areas of the island, belonging to three families: Limacidae, Agriolimacidae and Milacidae. One of...

  11. On the occurrence of Oxychilus camelinus (Bourguignat, 1852 in Bulgaria (Gastropoda: Zonitidae

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    Dilian Georgiev

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    Full Text Available Adult shells and living specimens of the terrestrial gastropod Oxychilus camelinus were collected on Rahat Tepe Hill in Plovdiv city, and in Stara Zagora. These records confirm the findings of Hesse (1913 of the occurrence of this species in Bulgaria.

  12. A new species of Nassarius (Gastropoda, Nassariidae) from Canopus Bank, off Northeast Brazil

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    Daniel, Abbate; Daniel Caracanhas, Cavallari.

    Full Text Available Nassarius levis sp. nov. é descrita para o banco de Canopus, estado do Ceará, Brasil com base na morfologia da concha. Difere das outras espécies locais por apresentar uma concha mais alongada, com um escudo parietal pouco desenvolvido e uma superfície notavelmente lisa. Essa última característica a [...] inda não foi descrita entre as espécies de Nassarius do Atlântico oeste, mas é comum a outros congêneres do Atlântico leste, como Nassarius elatus (Gould, 1845) e Indo-Pacífico, como Nassarius excellens (Kuroda & Habe, 1961). Abstract in english Nassarius levis sp. nov. is described from Canopus Bank, off Ceará, Northeast Brazil, based on shell morphology. It differs from other Brazilian species of the genus in having a more elongate shell, with a weakly developed parietal shield and a notably smooth surface. This last trait has not yet bee [...] n described among the Western Atlantic Nassarius, but it is common to other congeners from the Eastern Atlantic, such as Nassarius elatus (Gould, 1845) and the Indo-Pacific, such as Nassarius excellens (Kuroda & Habe, 1961).

  13. Nueva cita de Goniocylindrites hector (Coquand, 1865, Gastropoda, del Neocomiense-Barremiense de Montalbán (Teruel

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    Full Text Available Se da la segunda cita mundial de Goniocylindrites hector (Coquand, 1865, se amplía su distribución a Montalbán (Teruel y se aporta estudio biométrico de todos los ejemplares conocidos

  14. Growth Ecology of Pila globosa (Swainson) (Gastropoda: Pilidae) in Simulated Habitat

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    Md Sarwar Jahan; Mst. Shahida Akter; Md. Moniruzzaman Sarker

    2001-01-01

    Growth ecology of Pila globosa was studied in the simulated habitat with reference to its natural food habit. Growth rate and obesity index value for the snail population reared on natural aquatic food plants were higher than those, reared on cultivated food, Puni (Basela rubra). For natural food, the minimum and maximum mortality rates at age intervals of 224-238 days and 0-14 days were calculated as 0.00% and 16.00% while, on supplied cultivated vegetable food, (B. rubra) at 252-266 days an...

  15. Growth Ecology of Pila globosa (Swainson (Gastropoda: Pilidae in Simulated Habitat

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    Md. Sarwar Jahan

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Growth ecology of Pila globosa was studied in the simulated habitat with reference to its natural food habit. Growth rate and obesity index value for the snail population reared on natural aquatic food plants were higher than those, reared on cultivated food, Puni (Basela rubra. For natural food, the minimum and maximum mortality rates at age intervals of 224-238 days and 0-14 days were calculated as 0.00% and 16.00% while, on supplied cultivated vegetable food, (B. rubra at 252-266 days and 0-14 days age intervals, were obtained as 0.00% and 18.00% respectively. The life table was constructed on 266 days study of snails, reared on both types of food plants. The findings indicate the possibility of snail culture on large scale, in simulated habitats provided with physico-chemical parameters, like water temperature, pH, turbidity and dissolve oxygen of water, strictly maintained.

  16. Sexual Maturity and Sex Determination in Strombus canarium Linnaeus, 1758 (Gastropoda: Strombidae)

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    Zaidi Che Cob; Aziz Arshad; Japar Sidik Bujang; Mazlan Abd. Ghaffar

    2008-01-01

    The study was conducted at the Merambong Shoal, Johor Straits, Malaysia. Strombus canarium was the most abundant herbivorous mollusc within the study site, highly prized as seafood and contributes to the economics of the locals. Ontogenetic development of sex characters and sexual maturity were determined via logistic curve analysis, using shell-length and/or lip thickness as predictors. The minimum shell-length at which sex characters appeared was at 30 mm in males and 32 mm in females...

  17. Sexual Maturity and Sex Determination in Strombus canarium Linnaeus, 1758 (Gastropoda: Strombidae

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    Zaidi Che Cob

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The study was conducted at the Merambong Shoal, Johor Straits, Malaysia. Strombus canarium was the most abundant herbivorous mollusc within the study site, highly prized as seafood and contributes to the economics of the locals. Ontogenetic development of sex characters and sexual maturity were determined via logistic curve analysis, using shell-length and/or lip thickness as predictors. The minimum shell-length at which sex characters appeared was at 30 mm in males and 32 mm in females and both sexes can definitely be determined at more than 41 mm shell-length. The SX50 (probability of individuals can be sexed is 0.5 was at 38.33 ± 0.41 mm for male and at 37.15 ± 0.31 mm for female. The SL50 (length at which the probability of individuals are matured is 0.5 was at 54.14 ± 0.86 mm shell-lengths for males and at 58.51 ± 1.02 mm shell-lengths for females. The LIP50 (lip thickness at which the probability of individuals are matured is 0.5 values on the other hand was about 0.69 ± 0.0003 and 0.80 ± 0.014 mm for males and females respectively. The findings indicate that sexual dimorphisms occurred at very early stage in S. canarium life history.

  18. Study on the contamination of transuranides in Pulmonata gastropoda collected in Palomares (Spain)

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    A study on the contamination levels and distribution of plutonium and americium in gastropods collected in Palomares (south-east Spain) was performed. This region is partially contaminated with actinides following the 1966 nuclear accident. The existence of plutonium and americium in gastropods (Helix albicans and Theba pisana), along with their great gastronomic interest in the area, reinforces the concern in studying the incorporation of these radioelements to a trophic level of the alimentary chain. In this work, plutonium concentration levels have been determined in the excrements, washing waters, flesh and shell of different types of gastropods collected in various sampling campaigns. Pretreatment of the snail samples for further transuranics analyses was based on culinary customs of the region. First, the gastropods had a biological rest, allowing the removal of the non-adsorbed or non-retained ingested material, and then the excrements were collected by washing the snails. Water with excrements was filtered using different filters and analyzed separately. Once rinsed, the snails were dipped into salty water to eliminate the slime, finally, after boiling, the soft tissue was separated from the shell. Plutonium and americium analyses have been carried out sequentially, following normalized procedures for the determination of these radionuclides. The results show the distribution of plutonium in washing and boiling water, excrements, soft tissues and shell of the excrements, soft tissues and shell of the snails. Autoradiographies performed to soft tissues made evident that the contamination was incorporated into the gastropods as radioactive particles. In addition, it has been estimated that the consumption of one kilogram of snails collected in the most contaminated area of Palomares could reach 1/3 of the effective dose (due to ingestion) to the inhabitants of the area. (author)

  19. Study on the contamination by transuranides of Pulmonata gastropoda collected in Palomares (Spain)

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    A study on the contamination levels and distribution of plutonium in gastropods collected in Palomares (south-east Spain) has been performed. This region is partially contaminated with actinides following the nuclear accident occurred in 1966. The existence of plutonium in gastropods (Helix albicans and Theba pisana) along with their great gastronomic interest in the area reinforces the concern in studying the incorporation of these radioelements into a trophic level of the alimentary chain. In this work, plutonium concentration levels have been determined in the excrements, washing waters, flesh and shell of different types of gastropods collected in the Palomares most contaminated area. Plutonium analyses have been carried out following normalized procedures for the determination of this radionuclide. The results show the distribution of plutonium in washing and boiling water, excrements, soft tissues and shell of the snails. In addition, it has been estimated that the consumption of one kilogram of snails collected in the most contaminated area of Palomares could contribute up to 1/3 of the effective dose (due to ingestion) to the inhabitants of the area. (author)

  20. Study on the contamination by transuranides of pulmonata gastropoda collected in palomares (Spain)

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    Aragón, A.; Espinosa, A.; Antón, M. P.

    2006-01-01

    A study on the contamination levels and distribution of plutonium in gastropods collected in Palomares (south-east Spain) has been performed. This region is partially contaminated with actinides following the nuclear accident occurred in 1966. The existence of plutonium in gastropods (Helix albicans and Theba pisana) along with their great gastronomic interest in the area reinforces the concern in studying the incorporation of these radioelements into a trophic level of the alimentary chain. In this work, plutonium concentration levels have been determined in the excrements, washing waters, flesh and shell of different types of gastropods collected in the Palomares most contaminated area. Plutonium analyses have been carried out following normalized procedures for the determination of this radionuclide. The results show the distribution of plutonium in washing and boiling water, excrements, soft tissues and shell of the snails. In addition, it has been estimated that the consumption of one kilogram of snails collected in the most contaminated area of Palomares could contribute up to 1/3 of the effective dose (due to ingestion) to the inhabitants of the area.

  1. A new species of Lataxiena Jousseaume, 1883 (Gastropoda: Muricidae) from the East and South China Seas

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    Zhang, Suping; Zhang, Shuqian

    2015-03-01

    A new muricid gastropod species, Lataxiena lutescena sp. nov., is described and illustrated. The new species was recognized during reidentification of the Muricidae collection in the Marine Biological Museum, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao. The specimens of the new species were collected from the East and South China Seas off Fujian, Guangdong, and Hainan Provinces. Lataxiena lutescena sp. nov. is similar to Lataxiena blosvillei (Deshayes, 1832) in general shape, but can be distinguished from the latter by the shell sculpture and radular characteristics. Lataxiena lutescena sp. nov. also resembles Lataxiena bombayana (Melvill, 1893), but differs from that species in the shell shape and anal notches and in lacking short spines on the shell.

  2. Metal distribution and metallothionein induction after cadmium exposure in the terrestrial snail Helix aspersa (Gastropoda, Pulmonata).

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    Hispard, Florian; Schuler, Dietmar; de Vaufleury, Annette; Scheifler, Renaud; Badot, Pierre-Marie; Dallinger, Reinhard

    2008-07-01

    The aim of the present work was to study the effect of Cd2+ exposure on metallothionein (MT) induction and on the distribution of metals (Cd, Cu, and Zn) in the terrestrial pulmonate Helix aspersa. In particular, the soluble and nonsoluble pools of the accumulated metals and their tissue distribution in uncontaminated and contaminated edible snails were investigated after a two-week exposure to Cd2+. In the soluble cytosolic pool of the midgut gland of H. aspersa, three metal-specific putative MT isoforms were separated following a fractionation protocol with diethylaminoethyl cellulose, size-exclusion chromatography, ultrafiltration, and reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC). Interestingly, one of the above isoforms seems to bind both Cd and Cu, which may in addition mobilize, after induction by Cd2+, some of the intracellular Cu and, thus, perhaps increase the Cu pool in the cytosolic fraction. The cDNA and its translated amino acid sequence of a Cd2+-binding MT isoform from the snail midgut gland was characterized and attributed to one of the putative MT isoforms obtained by RP-HPLC. The amino acid sequence of this Cd-MT isoform of H. aspersa differed from similar sequences described in other terrestrial pulmonates, such as Helix pomatia or Arianta arbustorum, by only a few amino acids (n = 4 and 8, respectively). That the identified Cd-MT from H. aspersa is inducible by Cd2+ also was shown, chromatographic evidence aside, by a specific polymerase chain reaction protocol on a cDNA basis, which included a noninducible housekeeping gene as a control. PMID:18384240

  3. Notocotylus biomphalariae n. sp. (Digenea: Notocotylidae)from Biomphalaria peregrina (Gastropoda: Pulmonata) in Patagonia, Argentina.

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    Flores, Verónica; Brugni, Norma

    2005-07-01

    A new species of Notocotylus was found parasiting a freshwater pulmonate snail, Biomphalaria peregrina. Naturally infected snails were collected from two temporary ponds in the Nahuel Huapí National Park in Patagonia. The characteristics of the larval stages are presented. Experimental adults were recovered from the intestinal caeca of ducks and chicks. Adults of Notocotylus biomphalariae n. sp. exhibit an aspinose tegument, two lateral rows of 11 ventral glands and a median row of four, a uterus with 12-16 coils of which 2-4 are previtelline, a metraterm equivalent in size to 65-68% of the cirrus-sac length, a previtelline field which extends to the middle of the body, a lobed testis and a genital pore closely posterior to the intestinal bifurcation. The rediae have one to three cercariae. The cercariae, when shed, are trioculate and have a long tail; they encyst in the environment and become infective 12 days after encystment. PMID:16025211

  4. Mapping of Buccal Neurons Innervating the Feeding Apparatus of Eobania vermiculata (Gastropoda, pulmonata

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    Amina Essawy

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available The paired buccal ganglia of Eobania vermiculata were investigated by light and electron microscopical methods, and a surface map of the ganglia was constructed. Mostly eight paired plus an unpaired buccal nerves were observed in dissected animals. Four giant neurons with a diameter more than 100 ?m were identified in the lateral region of each ganglion. Besides the giant neurons, middle - ( 30-60?m as well as small- ( <30?m sized neurons were localized. Possible axonal projections of buccal neurons in the pharyngeal nerves innervating the buccal musculature were determined with the aid of retrograde infusion of cobalt lysine. Large amounts of neuro secretory granules in most neurons were also present. In the neuropile of the ganglion, synapses were found in large numbers which are of axo-axonic type. The map produced herein provides an important first step towards the neural circuitry controlling feeding behavior in Eobania vermiculata.

  5. Organ- and species-specific accumulation of metals in two land snail species (Gastropoda, Pulmonata)

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    In order to evaluate the usefulness of terrestrial gastropods as bioindicators there is a need for studies that simultaneously compare (1) concentrations of metals in reference and polluted plots, (2) species within the same polluted habitat, (3) metal accumulation patterns in different organs and (4) metal accumulation patterns in relation to soil physicochemical properties. This study aims to assess metal accumulation patterns in two land snail species. Instead of analyzing an organism as a whole, investigating the partitioning of metals in different organs can provide information on the actual toxicological relevant fractions. Therefore, concentrations of Ag, Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni and Zn were examined in five different organs of Cepaea nemoralis, as well as in the foot and the body of Succinea putris. Snails were sampled at four polluted dredged sediment disposal localities and three adjacent less polluted reference plots situated along waterways in Flanders, Belgium. Due to the small size and problematic dissection of S. putris only the concentrations in the foot of both species could be compared. For this reason only, C. nemoralis can be described as a better bioindicator species that allows a far more detailed analysis of organ metal accumulation. This study showed that organs other than the digestive gland may be involved in the immobilization and detoxification of metals. Furthermore, pH, soil fractionation (clay %, silt %, sand %) and organic matter, correlate with metal accumulation in organs. However, most often the soil metal concentrations did not correlate with the concentrations found in snail organs. Metal concentrations in organs of both species (1) differed among polluted plots but rarely between polluted and reference plots within a locality, (2) were organ-specific (digestive gland > foot > albumen gland = spermoviduct = ovotestis), (3) were species-specific and (4) depended on the metal type (high Cd and Cu concentrations were observed in the digestive gland and foot respectively). Our study emphasizes that background metal levels should be taken into account when using invertebrates as bioindicators of metal contamination and that bioindicators may show substantial differences in accumulation patterns even if they have a highly comparable ecology. - Highlights: ? Concentrations of accumulated metals differ among localities and between the snail species in the foot. ? Organs other than the digestive gland may be involved in the immobilization and detoxification of metals. ? Total metal concentrations and soil physicochemical properties alone are not enough to explain organ bioaccumulation

  6. The genus Plesiophysa, with a redescription of P. ornata (Haas, 1938 (Gastropoda: Planorbidae

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    PARAENSE W. L.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available A redescription of conchological and anatomical characters of the planorbid mollusc Plesiophysa ornata (Haas, 1938 is presented, based on topotypic material and specimens from 14 additional localities in the Brazilian states of Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Sergipe, Bahia, Espírito Santo and Minas Gerais. Due to the close similarity of their shells, a sure discrimination of the five species of Plesiophysa described so far (P. pilsbryi, P. granulata, P. guadeloupensis, P. ornata and P. hubendicki is only possible through their anatomical features. The present study points to the high probability of synonymy of P. hubendicki with P. ornata. Investigations on the anatomy of P. pilsbryi and P. guadeloupensis are needed to define their taxonomic relation with the other nominal species.

  7. Aquatic Macrophytes as Microhabitats of Radix auricularia (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: A Case Study from Southeast Bulgaria

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    Stanislava Y. Vasileva

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the current study is to investigate the abundance of thefreshwater pulmonate snail Radix auricularia among different aquatic plants communities, with the view of understanding if there is any particular habitat preference, comparing two freshwater basins having similar environmental conditions. The freshwater plant species were collected by net from two ponds at the end of May 2009 - 650 g wet plant mass, micro dam at Chernoochene Village, East Rhodopes Mts.; 138 g wet plant mass, small flood pond near the Maritza River, Plovdiv City, Upper Thracian Lowland. The plant mass was weighted in the laboratory after the alive snails were collected from the plant surface. Totally three species of freshwater plants were inhabited by R. auricularia, but its abundance and possible preference was highest on the Rigid Hornworth (Ceratophyllum demersum.

  8. First record of Grossuana angeltsekovi Glöer & Georgiev, 2009 (Gastropoda: Risooidea from Greece

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    Dilian Georgiev

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    Full Text Available In this paper it is reported the first finding of a representative of the genus Grossuana from the Greek Rhodopes Mts. – Grossuana angeltsekovi Glöer & Georgiev, 2009 which is and the first record of the species for this country. The locality is a karstic spring, Rodopi county, Papikio Oros, near Vronti (= 4 km N of Kerasia (445 m a.s.l.. The material is stored in the Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest.

  9. A new phylogeny of the Cephalaspidea (Gastropoda: Heterobranchia) based on expanded taxon sampling and gene markers.

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    Oskars, Trond R; Bouchet, Philippe; Malaquias, Manuel António E

    2015-08-01

    The Cephalaspidea is a diverse marine clade of euthyneuran gastropods with many groups still known largely from shells or scant anatomical data. The definition of the group and the relationships between members has been hampered by the difficulty of establishing sound synapomorphies, but the advent of molecular phylogenetics is helping to change significantly this situation. Yet, because of limited taxon sampling and few genetic markers employed in previous studies, many questions about the sister relationships and monophyletic status of several families remained open. In this study 109 species of Cephalaspidea were included covering 100% of traditional family-level diversity (12 families) and 50% of all genera (33 genera). Bayesian and maximum likelihood phylogenetics analyses based on two mitochondrial (COI, 16S rRNA) and two nuclear gene markers (28S rRNA and Histone-3) were used to infer the relationships of Cephalaspidea. The monophyly of the Cephalaspidea was confirmed. The families Cylichnidae, Diaphanidae, Haminoeidae, Philinidae, and Retusidae were found non-monophyletic. This result suggests that the family level taxonomy of the Cephalaspidea warrants a profound revision and several new family and genus names are required to reflect the new phylogenetic hypothesis presented here. We propose a new classification of the Cephalaspidea including five new families (Alacuppidae, Colinatydidae, Colpodaspididae, Mnestiidae, Philinorbidae) and one new genus (Alacuppa). Two family names (Acteocinidae, Laonidae) and two genera (Laona, Philinorbis) are reinstated as valid. An additional lineage with family rank (Philinidae "Clade 4") was unravelled, but no genus and species names are available to reflect the phylogeny and formal description will take place elsewhere. PMID:25916189

  10. Nematopsis gigas n. sp. (Apicomplexa), a parasite of Nerita ascencionis (Gastropoda, Neritidae) from Brazil.

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    Azevedo, Carlos; Padovan, Isaíras

    2004-01-01

    A new species of Nematopsis (Apicomplexa, Porosporidae) is described from the mantle tissues of the seawater gastropod, Nerita ascencionis (Neritidae), collected in the Atlantic North off the coast of "Fernando de Noronha" Island (3 degrees 47' 57'' S, 32 degrees 25' 12'' W) situated about 350 km from the northeast coast of Brazil. Numerous oocysts, each contained in a parasitophorous vacuole, were found in the cytoplasm of phagocytes in the mantle tissue of the host. The phagocytes were surrounded by a thin wall composed of lucent material. The phagocyte cytoplasm contained a nucleus surrounded by numerous vesicles and some dense masses. The oocysts were 21.9 +/- 0.5 microm long, and 11.5 +/- 0.6 microm wide. The oocyst wall was 0.18-0.25 microm thick, and the apical zone contained a micropyle, 1.0-1.2 microm in diameter, covered by a canopy-like operculum about 0.25 microm thick. Externally, the oocyst wall was surrounded by numerous anastomosing microfibrils attached to the wall and extending towards the periphery of the parasitophorous vacuole. Some microfibrils formed a dense complex network that surrounded the oocyst in the middle of the parasitophorous vacuole, which opened only at the apical zone near the external region of the opercular system. On the basis of the data obtained by light and transmission electron microscopy and host specificity, the gregarine Nematopsis gigas is distinguished from the nearest species as a new species. The taxonomic affinities and morphological comparisons with other similar species of the same genus are discussed. PMID:15134258

  11. Large Differences Over Small Distances: Plasticity in the Shells of Elimia potosiensis (Gastropoda: Pleuroceridae

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    Russell L Minton

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Phenotypic plasticity in freshwater mollusks is a well-known phenomenon, occurring in both bivalves and gastropods.  Most work on freshwater snail plasticity has focused either on presence/absence of a single factor, or has looked at responses to environmental gradients over large geographical scales.  Using the pleurocerid snail Elimia potosiensis from a spring and creek in Arkansas, we show a plastic environmental response at a scale thousands of times smaller than was previously known.  Shells of E. potosiensis exhibit plasticity consist with that seen in other pleurocerids over the course of hundreds of meters.  Possible explanations for this small-scale plasticity are offered.

  12. The first record of Anisus vorticulus (Troschel, 1834 (Gastropoda: Planorbidae in Croatia?

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    Luboš Beran

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available A threatened planorbid gastropod Anisus vorticulus (Troschel, 1834, listed in the EU Habitat Directive, was found in the Krka National Park in Croatia in August 2009. This find is the first known record at least in the western part of Croatia belonging to the Adriatic Sea drainage area.

  13. On the occurrence of Oxychilus camelinus (Bourguignat, 1852) in Bulgaria (Gastropoda: Zonitidae)

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    Dilian Georgiev

    2014-01-01

    Adult shells and living specimens of the terrestrial gastropod Oxychilus camelinus were collected on Rahat Tepe Hill in Plovdiv city, and in Stara Zagora. These records confirm the findings of Hesse (1913) of the occurrence of this species in Bulgaria.

  14. The first record of Anisus vorticulus (Troschel, 1834) (Gastropoda: Planorbidae) in Croatia?

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    Luboš Beran

    2009-01-01

    A threatened planorbid gastropod Anisus vorticulus (Troschel, 1834), listed in the EU Habitat Directive, was found in the Krka National Park in Croatia in August 2009. This find is the first known record at least in the western part of Croatia belonging to the Adriatic Sea drainage area.

  15. Morphological variation, biogeography and local extinction of the northern New Zealand landsnail Placostylus hongii (Gastropoda : Bulimulidae)

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    Placostylus hongii (Lesson) is recorded from sites between Whangaroa and Whangarei on the mainland Northland coast, and from the Poor Knights, Chicken, Mokohinau and Great Barrier islands offshore. There is considerable variation in shell morphology between the various populations, commonly with marked morphological divergence at a local scale but with overlapping variation overall across all populations of the taxon. Patterns of morphological variation show no clear geographic trends and are at least in part related to local environmental factors. Correlations are identified between shell shape and substratum type, and between shell size and vegetation type. Placostylus hongii has a very restricted stratigraphic distribution in mainland Northland, with most if not all of the few known fossil populations post-dating Polynesian settlement at c. 900-700 years BP. We suggest that P. hongii populations on the Poor Knights and possibly also those on the Mokohinau islands are endemic, whereas the mainland populations and those on Great Barier and the Chicken islands have originated from anthropic redistribution of snails in prehistoric time. A high proportion of the mainland P. hongii populations and some offshore island populations became extinct in the last few hundred years as a result of predation by introduced mammals and the modification and destruction of shrubland and forest habitat. (author). 54 refs., 9 figs., 1 tabrefs., 9 figs., 1 tab

  16. Revision of the genus Pseudopomatias and its relatives (Gastropoda: Cyclophoroidea: Pupinidae).

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    Páll-Gergely, Barna; Fehér, Zoltán; Hunyadi, András; Asami, Takahiro

    2015-01-01

    The present paper revises all species that have been assigned to Pseudopomatias Möllendorff, 1885 and Nodopomatias Gude, 1921. The following new species are described: Pseudopomatias abletti Páll-Gergely, n. sp. (northeastern India), Pseudopomatias harli Páll-Gergely, n. sp. (northeastern India), Pseudopomatias linanprietoae Páll-Gergely n. sp. (Laos), Pseudopomatias maasseni Páll-Gergely & Hunyadi, n. sp. (Vietnam and China), Pseudopomatias nitens Páll-Gergely n. sp. (Vietnam), Pseudopomatias prestoni Páll-Gergely, n. sp. (northeastern India), Pseudopomatias reischuetzi Páll-Ger-gely, n. sp. (north-eastern India), Pseudopomatias shanensis Páll-Gergely n. sp. (Myanmar) and Pseudopomatias sophiae Páll-Gergely, n. sp. (Vietnam). Pseudopomatias fulvus is moved to the synonymy of P. amoenus. Csomapupa n. gen. is erected for Pseudopomatias grandis and P. luyorensis. Another new genus, Vargapupa is erected with two species, namely Vargapupa biheli Páll-Gergely, n. sp. (Vietnam) and V. oharai Páll-Gergely, n. sp. (Laos). Both new genera are probably closely related to Pseudopomatias and Nodopomatias. All the currently available type specimens of species in these groups are figured. Anatomical information of P. eos and DNA sequence data of two Pseudopomatias species indicate that the genus is a member of the family Pupinidae. The other pre-existing hypothesis, namely that Pseudopomatias is a member of the Cochlostomatidae, is not supported by our results. PMID:25947459

  17. Four marine digenean parasites of Austrolittorina spp. (Gastropoda: Littorinidae) in New Zealand: morphological and molecular data.

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    O'Dwyer, K.; Blasco-Costa, I.; Poulin, R.; Faltýnková, Anna

    2014-01-01

    Ro?. 89, ?. 2 (2014), s. 133-152. ISSN 0165-5752 R&D Projects: GA ?R GBP505/12/G112 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 Keywords : Trematode parasites * life cycles * intertidal ecosystems * phylogenetics analysis * SW Iceland * Notocotylidae * history * snail Subject RIV: EG - Zoology Impact factor: 1.035, year: 2013

  18. Four new species and two new records of Odostomiinae (Gastropoda: Pyramidellidae) from Brazil

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    Alexandre Dias, Pimenta.

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Four new species of the pyramidellid Odostomiinae from Brazil are described: Chrysallida conifera sp. nov., characterized by a small and regularly conical shell with prominent nodules; Parthenina biumbilicata sp. nov., characterized by a deep and wide umbilicus and a regularly increasing aperture di [...] ameter at the protoconch, which bears a small circular umbilicus; Eulimastoma franklini sp. nov., which is very similar to Eulimastoma dydima (Verrill & Bush, 1900) but has a prominent helicoid protoconch; Eulimastoma exiguum sp. nov., similar to Eulimastoma weberi (Morrison, 1965) but without spiral ridges. Fargoa diantophila (Wells & Wells, 1961) and Chrysallida nioba (Dall & Bartsch, 1911) are reported from the southwestern Atlantic for the first time.

  19. The First Record of a Marriage Cone, Conus sponsalis (Conidae: Gastropoda from Korea

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    Joong-Ki Park

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The Conus Linnaeus, 1758 is a large genus of marine gastropod mollusks belonging to the family Conidae. The Conus species are mostly distributed in the tropical waters of the world, and they are especially abundant in the Indo-West Pacific region. To date, more than 600 species, most of which are predatory species, have been named worldwide in this genus and only six species have been recorded in the Korean waters. Conus sponsalis Hwass in Bruguiere, 1792 was collected from Jeju Island and identified as a new Korean record. In this study, we report a description of the shell morphology of the species.

  20. Venomous mollusks: the risks of human accidents by conus snails (gastropoda: conidae) in Brazil.

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    Haddad, Vidal; de Paula Neto, João Batista; Cobo, Válter José

    2006-01-01

    Mollusks of the genus Conus present a venomous apparatus composed of radulae, a chitin structure linked to glands, which injects potent neurotoxic peptides, causing serious human envenomation and even death, associated with the blockage of certain receptors and muscular paralysis. No reported envenomation has occurred in Brazil, but certain populations are at risk of accidents. PMID:17160331

  1. The First Record of a Marriage Cone, Conus sponsalis (Conidae: Gastropoda) from Korea

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    Joong-Ki Park; Sang-Hwa Lee

    2014-01-01

    The Conus Linnaeus, 1758 is a large genus of marine gastropod mollusks belonging to the family Conidae. The Conus species are mostly distributed in the tropical waters of the world, and they are especially abundant in the Indo-West Pacific region. To date, more than 600 species, most of which are predatory species, have been named worldwide in this genus and only six species have been recorded in the Korean waters. Conus sponsalis Hwass in Bruguiere, 1792 was collected from Jeju I...

  2. Report of a human accident caused by Conus regius (Gastropoda, Conidae).

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    Haddad, Vidal; Coltro, Marcus; Simone, Luiz Ricardo L

    2009-01-01

    Conus regius is a venomous mollusc in the Conidae family, which includes species responsible for severe or even fatal accidents affecting human beings. This is the first report on a clinical case involving this species. It consisted a puncture in the right hand of a diver who presented paresthesia and movement difficulty in the whole limb. The manifestations disappeared after around twelve hours, without sequelae. PMID:19802483

  3. Ovoviviparity and the structure of the brood pouch in Melanoides tuberculata (Gastropoda: Prosobranchia: Thiaridae).

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    Ben-Ami, Frida; Hodgson, Alan N

    2005-03-01

    The freshwater gastropod Melanoides tuberculata broods its young in a pouch located in the anterodorsal region of the head-foot. The wall of the brood pouch is composed of smooth muscle surrounded by connective tissue. The lumen of the brood pouch is incompletely partitioned by trabeculae, formed by extensions or folds in the chamber wall that are composed of smooth muscle, connective tissue, nonciliated squamous epithelial cells, and some storage cells containing lipid and glycogen. The lumen of the chamber also contains a few cells with storage products. The general absence of secretory cells suggests that embryos derive little nutrition from the mother, and therefore embryonic development is probably ovoviviparous. Embryos in various stages of development were found within brood pouches, with later stage embryos varying in size. There was a negative relationship between embryo size and number of embryos in the brood pouch. PMID:15688449

  4. Relationship Between Imposex and Morphological Variation of the Shell in Nucella lapillus (Gastropoda: Thaididae)

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    Son, M. H.; Hughes, R. N.

    2000-05-01

    The relationship between imposex and shell morphology of the common dogwhelk, Nucella lapillus, was examined in populations from North Wales. Degree of imposex, morphometry of the shell, habitat-exposure to wave action and substratum type were subjected to multivariate statistical analyses. Shell size increased significantly with increasing degree of imposex. This trend possibly is caused by a diversion of energy allocation from reproduction to shell growth when reproductive effort is blocked or disturbed by imposex.

  5. On Sexual Dimorphism Of Karyotypes Of Viviparus viviparus And V. contectus (Gastropoda, Viviparidae

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    Andriychuk T. V.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Karyotype analysis of males and females of two Viviparid species Viviparus viviparus Linnaeus, 1758 and V. contectus (Millet, 1813, shows differences in their karyotypes in the absence of heteromorphic pairs of chromosomes. This indicates an epigamous mechanism of sex determination.

  6. Population biology of the gastropod Olivella minuta (Gastropoda, Olividae) on two sheltered beaches in southeastern Brazil

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    Petracco, Marcelo; Camargo, Rita Monteiro; Tardelli, Daniel Teixeira; Turra, Alexander

    2014-10-01

    The structure, dynamics and production of two populations of the olivid gastropod Olivella minuta were analyzed through monthly sampling from November 2009 through October 2011 on two sandy beaches, Pernambuco (very sheltered) and Barequeçaba (sheltered) in São Paulo state (23°48'S), southeastern Brazil. On both beaches, samples were taken along five transects established perpendicular to the waterline. Parameters of the von Bertalanffy growth function were estimated for both populations from monthly length-frequency distributions. The production and turnover ratios were determined using the mass-specific growth rate method. The population on the less-sheltered Barequeçaba Beach was less abundant (120.02 ± 22.60 ind m-1) than on Pernambuco Beach (3295.30 ± 504.86 ind m-1 (±SE)), which we attribute to the greater environmental stability of the latter. Conversely, the mean length, size of the largest individual, and body mass were higher at Barequeçaba than at Pernambuco. The significant differences in the growth of individuals and the mortality rate (Z) between the beaches suggest that density-dependent processes were operating at Pernambuco Beach. The production and P/B ratio at Pernambuco (12.12 g AFDM m-1 year-1 and 1.91 year-1) were higher than at Barequeçaba (0.82 g AFDM m-1 year-1 and 1.06 year-1). The difference in production can be attributed to the higher abundance on Pernambuco, while the higher P/B ratio resulted from the scarcity of smaller individuals in the intertidal zone of Barequeçaba. The P/B ratio estimated for the Pernambuco population is the highest found so far for sandy-beach gastropods. This study reinforces the theory that biological interactions are important regulators of sheltered sandy-beach populations. Future studies with multi-beach sampling are needed to better understand the life-history variations of O. minuta along gradients of degree of exposure of sandy beaches.

  7. Belgrandiella bozidarcurcici n. sp., a new species from Bosnia and Herzegovina (Gastropoda: Hydrobiidae

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    Glöer P.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A new hydrobiid snail, Belgrandiella bozidarcurcici n. sp., is described from the rheocrene and rheopsammocrene springs situated in the canyon of the Cvrcka River, a region of Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The concept of the genus Belgrandiella seems to be extremely artificial, but for the time being we keep the new species as a member of the genus based mainly on the shape of the shell of its type species, B. kusceri (Wagner, 1914.

  8. Molecular evidence for the polyphyly of Bostryx (Gastropoda: Bulimulidae) and genetic diversity of Bostryx aguilari

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    Jorge L., Ramirez; Rina, Ramírez.

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Bostryx is largely distributed in Andean Valleys and Lomas formations along the coast of Peru and Chile. One species, Bostryx aguilari, is restricted to Lomas formations located in the Department of Lima (Peru). The use of genetic information has become essential in phylogenetic and population studi [...] es with conservation purposes. Considering the rapid degradation of desert ecosystems, which threatens the survival of vulnerable species, the aim of this study was, first, to resolve evolutionary relationships within Bostryx and to determine the position of Bostryx within the Bulimulidae, and second, to survey the genetic diversity of Bostryx aguilari, a species considered rare. Sequences of the mitochondrial 16S rRNA and nuclear rRNA regions were obtained for 12 and 11 species of Bulimulidae, respectively, including seven species of Bostryx. Sequences of the 16S rRNA gene were obtained for 14 individuals (from four different populations) of Bostryx aguilari. Phylogenetic reconstructions were carried out using Neighbor-Joining, Maximum Parsimony, Maximum Likelihood and Bayesian Inference methods. The monophyly of Bostryx was not supported. In our results, B. solutus (type species of Bostryx) grouped only with B. aguilari, B. conspersus, B. modestus, B. scalariformis and B. sordidus, forming a monophyletic group that is strongly supported in all analyses. In case the taxonomy of Bostryx is reviewed in the future, this group should keep the generic name. Bostryx aguilari was found to have both low genetic diversity and small population size. We recommend that conservation efforts should be increased in Lomas ecosystems to ensure the survival of B. aguilari, and a large number of other rare species restricted to Lomas.

  9. Terrestrial slugs (Gastropoda, Pulmonata in the NATURA 2000 areas of Cyprus island

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    Katerina Vardinoyannis

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Terrestrial slugs of the Island of Cyprus were recently studied in the framework of a study of the whole terrestrial malacofauna of the island. The present work was carried out in the Natura 2000 conservation areas of the island in 155 sampling sites over three years (2004–2007. Museum collections as well as literature references were included. In total six species are present in the Natura 2000 areas of the island, belonging to three families: Limacidae, Agriolimacidae and Milacidae. One of the species, Milax riedeli, is a new record for the island. The distribution of the species across the island and in the surrounding areas is discussed.

  10. Freshwater snail Pomacea bridgesii (Gastropoda: Ampullariidae, life history traits and aquaculture potential

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    Ana R. A. Coelho

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Investigations on the reproductive biology, life cycle and feeding habits of Pomacea bridgesiihave been undertaken to assess its potential as a cultured species for the ornamental trade. The speciesis dioecious and, under optimal culture conditions of temperature and food supply, it can breed all yearround. The total developmental period at 23±1ºC varied from 15 to 24 days after oviposition. Hatchingcan last for up to 20 hours in the same egg cluster. Hatching success was very high (mean94.56±0.62% and no significant differences were observed in hatching rates between different clutchsizes. Development is direct and juveniles hatch at shell length (SL = 2.4±0.25 mm. Maturity is reached192±1.5 days after hatching and at SL = 32.80±2.03 mm. Two feeding experiments were undertaken toassess the impact of food type on juvenile survival during the first 8 days post-hatching and subsequentgrowth until 90 days post-hatching. Compatibility between other fish and plants fresh-water aquariumspecies were performed. A combination of environmental tolerance, moderately amphibious behavior,fast growth, short development and hatching at an advanced stage, compatibility with other aquariumspecies (fishes or other invertebrates, and simple low cost diet, make P. bridgesii highly suitable forintensive culture for the ornamental trade.

  11. Freshwater snail Pomacea bridgesii (Gastropoda: Ampullariidae), life history traits and aquaculture potential

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    Ana R. A. Coelho; Gonçalo J. P. Calado; Maria T. Dinis

    2012-01-01

    Investigations on the reproductive biology, life cycle and feeding habits of Pomacea bridgesiihave been undertaken to assess its potential as a cultured species for the ornamental trade. The speciesis dioecious and, under optimal culture conditions of temperature and food supply, it can breed all yearround. The total developmental period at 23±1ºC varied from 15 to 24 days after oviposition. Hatchingcan last for up to 20 hours in the same egg cluster. Hatching success was very high (mean94....

  12. Taxonomic review of Metaxia (Gastropoda: Triphoridae) from Brazil, with description of a new species

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    Maurício Romulo, Fernandes; Alexandre Dias, Pimenta.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The taxonomy of the species of Metaxia Monterosato, 1884 from Brazil is revised. Previously to this study, only Metaxia excelsa Faber & Moolenbeek, 1991 was known to occur in this country, under its older name Metaxia exilis (C.B. Adams, 1850). The review of a large amount of shells in malacological [...] collections in Brazil revealed the occurrence of three known additional species: Metaxia taeniolata (Dall, 1889); Metaxia rugulosa (C.B. Adams, 1850); Metaxia prompta Rolán & Fernández-Garcés, 2008, all previously reported from the southeast coast of the USA and/or the Caribbean region. Metaxia gongyloskymnus sp. nov., diagnosed by the globose protoconch with continuous axial ribs and microscopic spiral sculpture, is restricted to localities off the Southeastern Brazilian coast.

  13. Vascular supply of the central nervous system of the land snail Megalobulimus oblongus (Gastropoda, Pulmonata

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    H.G. Nóblega

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available The vascularization of the central nervous system of the snail Megalobulimus oblongus was studied by injection of carmine-gelatin solution into the arterial system and using a histochemical technique for the detection of alkaline phosphatase. The central nervous system of M. oblongus is irrigated by the anterior aorta, from which a series of small branches emerge that supply the subesophageal nervous ganglia. In turn, these branches give rise to a series of smaller vessels that irrigate the buccal bulb, the anterior portion of the foot, the cerebral ganglia, the dorsal body gland, and the anterior portion of the reproductive system. No hemolymph vessels were detected within nervous tissue although such vessels were found in the periganglionic connective sheath. This connective sheath contains vascular loops and had a series of overlaps and projections that follow the contour of the nervous ganglia. This arrangement permits a larger area of interaction between the surface of the nervous tissue and the hemolymph and reduces the distance between the deepest portion of a given ganglion and the hemolymph vessels.

  14. Vascular supply of the central nervous system of the land snail Megalobulimus oblongus (Gastropoda, Pulmonata)

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    H.G., Nóblega; V., Missaglia; C., Stenert; M.C., Faccioni-Heuser; M., Achaval.

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    Full Text Available The vascularization of the central nervous system of the snail Megalobulimus oblongus was studied by injection of carmine-gelatin solution into the arterial system and using a histochemical technique for the detection of alkaline phosphatase. The central nervous system of M. oblongus is irrigated by [...] the anterior aorta, from which a series of small branches emerge that supply the subesophageal nervous ganglia. In turn, these branches give rise to a series of smaller vessels that irrigate the buccal bulb, the anterior portion of the foot, the cerebral ganglia, the dorsal body gland, and the anterior portion of the reproductive system. No hemolymph vessels were detected within nervous tissue although such vessels were found in the periganglionic connective sheath. This connective sheath contains vascular loops and had a series of overlaps and projections that follow the contour of the nervous ganglia. This arrangement permits a larger area of interaction between the surface of the nervous tissue and the hemolymph and reduces the distance between the deepest portion of a given ganglion and the hemolymph vessels.

  15. Odontomariinae, a new middle paleozoic subfamily of slit-bearing euophaloidean gastropods (Euophalomorpha, Gastropoda)

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    Fryda, J.; Heidelberger, D.; Blodgett, R.B.

    2006-01-01

    A new subfamily, the Odontomariinae subfam. nov., is established herein for a distinctive group of uncoiled, slit-bearing Middle Devonian euomphalid gastropods. Its taxonomic position is based on the recent discovery of open coiled protoconchs and it is placed within the Euomphalomorpha. The genera Odontomaria Odontomaria C. F. Roemer and Tubiconcha n. gen. belonging to this new subfamily are enlarged based on studies on new material of the following species: Odontomaria semiplicata (Sandberger & Sandberger), Odontomaria gracilis n. sp., Odontomaria jankei n. sp., Odontomaria cheeneetnukensis n. sp., Odontomaria cindiprellerae n. sp. and Tubiconcha leunissi (Heidelberger, 2001). Members of the Odontomariinae were mainly sedentary organisms in high-energy, moderately shallow water. ?? 2006 E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung.

  16. Physa acuta Draparnaud, 1805 (Gastropoda: Physidae): a study of topotypic specimens

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    W Lobato, Paraense; Jean-Pierre, Pointier.

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available A description is given of Physa acuta Draparnaud, 1805, based on topotypic specimens from the Garonne river basin, and additional samples from the environs of the French cities of Montpellier and Perpignan. It proved indistinguishable, in shell and anatomy, from topotypic Physa cubensis Pfeiffer, 18 [...] 39, thus leading the authors to admit the synonymy of the two nominal species under the older name, P. acuta.

  17. Pupilloidea of Pakistan (Gastropoda: Pulmonata): Truncatellininae, Vertigininae, Gastrocoptinae, Pupillinae (in part).

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    Pokryszko, B. M.; Auffenberg, K.; Hlavá?, Jaroslav; Naggs, F.

    2009-01-01

    Ro?. 59, ?. 4 (2009), s. 423-458. ISSN 0003-4541 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : terrestrial snails * pupilloids * Pakistan * new species * Columella * Truncatellina * Boysia * Vertigo * Gastrocopta * Boysidia * Pupilla Subject RIV: EG - Zoology Impact factor: 0.542, year: 2009

  18. Habitat requirements and distribution of Vertigo geyeri (Gastropoda: Pulmonata) in Western Carpathian rich fens.

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    Horsák, M.; Hájek, Michal

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    Ro?. 38, ?. 6 (2005), s. 659-676. ISSN 0022-0019 R&D Projects: GA ?R(CZ) GA206/02/0568; GA AV ?R(CZ) KJB601630501 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60050516 Keywords : molluscs * ecology * Contents Subject RIV: EF - Botanics Impact factor: 0.222, year: 2005

  19. Imposex in Olivancillaria vesica vesica (Gmelin) (Gastropoda, Olividae) from a Southeastern Brazilian sandy beach

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    Carlos Henrique Soares, Caetano; Ricardo Silva, Absalão.

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Imposex, the development of male sex organs on the female, is registered and described for Olivancillaria vesica vesica (Gmelin, 1791) at Restinga da Marambaia beach, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. [...

  20. Imposex in Olivancillaria vesica vesica (Gmelin (Gastropoda, Olividae from a Southeastern Brazilian sandy beach

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    Carlos Henrique Soares Caetano

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    Full Text Available Imposex, the development of male sex organs on the female, is registered and described for Olivancillaria vesica vesica (Gmelin, 1791 at Restinga da Marambaia beach, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.

  1. The freshwater snails (Gastropoda) of Iran, with descriptions of two new genera and eight new species

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    Peter Glöer; Vladimir Pesic

    2012-01-01

    Using published records and original data from recent field work and revision of Iranian material of certain species deposited in the collections of the Natural History Museum Basel, the Zoological Museum Berlin, and Natural History Museum Vienna, a checklist of the freshwater gastropod fauna of Iran was compiled. This checklist contains 73 species from 34 genera and 14 families of freshwater snails; 27 of these species (37%) are endemic to Iran. Two new genera, Kaskakia and Sarkhia, and eigh...

  2. Size-mass relationships of Melanoides tuberculatus (Thiaridae: Gastropoda) in a eutrophic reservoir

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    Eduardo Carvalho, Silva; Joseline, Molozzi; Marcos, Callisto.

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluated the relationships of certain allometric measurements in Melanoides tuberculatus Muller, 1774, in order to develop a statistical model to estimate the biomass of this mollusc species. We measured the total length and aperture of 70 shells. These measurements were correlated with [...] the biomass values to construct exponential and power-function models, and both models showed high coefficients of determination. The exponential model was the better biomass predictor, with a coefficient of determination over 93%. These proposed models may be an effective tool to determine the biomass of M. tuberculatus in eutrophic Brazilian reservoirs.

  3. Four new species and two new records of Odostomiinae (Gastropoda: Pyramidellidae from Brazil

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    Alexandre Dias Pimenta

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Four new species of the pyramidellid Odostomiinae from Brazil are described: Chrysallida conifera sp. nov., characterized by a small and regularly conical shell with prominent nodules; Parthenina biumbilicata sp. nov., characterized by a deep and wide umbilicus and a regularly increasing aperture diameter at the protoconch, which bears a small circular umbilicus; Eulimastoma franklini sp. nov., which is very similar to Eulimastoma dydima (Verrill & Bush, 1900 but has a prominent helicoid protoconch; Eulimastoma exiguum sp. nov., similar to Eulimastoma weberi (Morrison, 1965 but without spiral ridges. Fargoa diantophila (Wells & Wells, 1961 and Chrysallida nioba (Dall & Bartsch, 1911 are reported from the southwestern Atlantic for the first time.

  4. Four new species and two new records of Odostomiinae (Gastropoda: Pyramidellidae) from Brazil

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    Alexandre Dias Pimenta

    2012-01-01

    Four new species of the pyramidellid Odostomiinae from Brazil are described: Chrysallida conifera sp. nov., characterized by a small and regularly conical shell with prominent nodules; Parthenina biumbilicata sp. nov., characterized by a deep and wide umbilicus and a regularly increasing aperture diameter at the protoconch, which bears a small circular umbilicus; Eulimastoma franklini sp. nov., which is very similar to Eulimastoma dydima (Verrill & Bush, 1900) but has a prominent helicoid pro...

  5. Limnaea peregrina Clessin, 1882, Synonym of Lymnaea columella Say, 1817 (Gastropoda: Lymnaeidae)

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    W Lobato, Paraense.

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    Full Text Available A description is given of the shell, radula, renal region, reproductive system and egg capsules of topotypic specimens of limnaea peregrina Clessin, 1882. This investigation intends contributing to define the specific identity of that nominal species. A close anatomical comparison with Lymnaea colum [...] ella Say, 1817 from Michigan, USA, shows that both forms are indistinguishable, giving support to previous inferences from some authors. Data on egg hatching are presented.

  6. Organ- and species-specific accumulation of metals in two land snail species (Gastropoda, Pulmonata)

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    Boshoff, Magdalena, E-mail: magdalena.boshoff@ua.ac.be [University of Antwerp, Systemic Physiological and Ecotoxicological Research, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp (Belgium); Jordaens, Kurt [Royal Museum for Central Africa (JEMU), Leuvensesteenweg 13, B-3080 Tervuren (Belgium); University of Antwerp, Evolutionary Ecology Group, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp (Belgium); Backeljau, Thierry [University of Antwerp, Evolutionary Ecology Group, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp (Belgium); Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (JEMU), Vautierstraat 29, B-1000 Brussels (Belgium); Lettens, Suzanna [Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO), Kliniekstraat 25, B-1070 Brussels (Belgium); Tack, Filip [Ghent University, Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry and Applied Ecochemistry, Coupure Links 265, B-9000 Ghent (Belgium); Vandecasteele, Bart [Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO), Burg van Gansberghelaan 109, B-9820 Merelbeke (Belgium); De Jonge, Maarten; Bervoets, Lieven [University of Antwerp, Systemic Physiological and Ecotoxicological Research, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp (Belgium)

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    In order to evaluate the usefulness of terrestrial gastropods as bioindicators there is a need for studies that simultaneously compare (1) concentrations of metals in reference and polluted plots, (2) species within the same polluted habitat, (3) metal accumulation patterns in different organs and (4) metal accumulation patterns in relation to soil physicochemical properties. This study aims to assess metal accumulation patterns in two land snail species. Instead of analyzing an organism as a whole, investigating the partitioning of metals in different organs can provide information on the actual toxicological relevant fractions. Therefore, concentrations of Ag, Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni and Zn were examined in five different organs of Cepaea nemoralis, as well as in the foot and the body of Succinea putris. Snails were sampled at four polluted dredged sediment disposal localities and three adjacent less polluted reference plots situated along waterways in Flanders, Belgium. Due to the small size and problematic dissection of S. putris only the concentrations in the foot of both species could be compared. For this reason only, C. nemoralis can be described as a better bioindicator species that allows a far more detailed analysis of organ metal accumulation. This study showed that organs other than the digestive gland may be involved in the immobilization and detoxification of metals. Furthermore, pH, soil fractionation (clay %, silt %, sand %) and organic matter, correlate with metal accumulation in organs. However, most often the soil metal concentrations did not correlate with the concentrations found in snail organs. Metal concentrations in organs of both species (1) differed among polluted plots but rarely between polluted and reference plots within a locality, (2) were organ-specific (digestive gland > foot > albumen gland = spermoviduct = ovotestis), (3) were species-specific and (4) depended on the metal type (high Cd and Cu concentrations were observed in the digestive gland and foot respectively). Our study emphasizes that background metal levels should be taken into account when using invertebrates as bioindicators of metal contamination and that bioindicators may show substantial differences in accumulation patterns even if they have a highly comparable ecology. - Highlights: ? Concentrations of accumulated metals differ among localities and between the snail species in the foot. ? Organs other than the digestive gland may be involved in the immobilization and detoxification of metals. ? Total metal concentrations and soil physicochemical properties alone are not enough to explain organ bioaccumulation.

  7. Record of imposex in Cronia konkanensis (Gastropoda, Muricidae) from Indian waters

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    .81% in Stage 4 female snails collected from Marmugao harbour. # 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. Keywords: Imposex; Cronia konkanensis; TBT influence; Environmental impact; Ecosystem disturbance 1. Introduction Imposex is a genital disorder.... The relative penis size (RPS) and relative penis length (RPL) indices, include the total length of the penis. The mantle cavity was opened under a binocular microscope by cutting longitudinally through the hypobranchial gland to trace the length of the vas...

  8. Embryonic Developmental Ecology of Freshwater Snail Lymnaea acuminata (Lymnaeidae: Gastropoda)

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    Md. Moniruzzaman Sarker; Badrun Nesa; Md. Sarwar Jahan

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    The egg type of Lymnaea acuminata was determined as iso-lecithal and the cleavage is spirally holoblastic type. The development of L. acuminata was observed in details. Uncleaved zygote just after laying was found to contain a relatively yolk-free zone, the animal pole and the yolk-rich region, the vegetal pole. No polar bodies were present in eggs examined immediately after they had been laid. The first polar lobe and polar body were extruded out from the zygote within 15-25 min. These were ...

  9. Avaliação das atividades antimicrobiana, citotóxica, moluscicida e antioxidante de Bromelia antiacantha Bertol. (Bromeliaceae) / Evaluation of antimicrobial, cytotoxic, molluscicidal and antioxidant activities of Bromelia antiacantha Bertol. (Bromeliaceae)

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    L.M., Manetti; A.F., Turra; O.S., Takemura; T.I.E., Svidzinski; A., Laverde Junior.

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    Full Text Available A Bromelia antiacantha Bertol. (Bromeliaceae), conhecida como gravatá ou caraguatá, apresenta características medicinais, alimentícias e ornamentais. Neste trabalho foram avaliadas as atividades antifúngica, antibacteriana, citotóxica, moluscicida e antioxidante de extratos alcoólicos das folhas e f [...] rutos desta espécie. Na avaliação da atividade antimicrobiana pelo método de microdiluição os extratos alcoólicos não foram eficientes frente à cepa referência do fungo Candida albicans (ATCC 90028), cepas clínicas de C. albicans e C. glabrata, e frente às bactérias S. aureus (ATCC 6538), P. aeruginosa (ATCC 9027) e E. coli (ATCC 8739). A atividade citotóxica, avaliada pelo bioensaio de toxicidade sobre náuplios de Artemia salina Leach (TAS), foi positiva para ambos extratos, com valores de DL50 variando em torno de 620 µg mL-1 e 360 µg mL-1, para os extratos alcoólicos dos frutos e das folhas, respectivamente. A atividade moluscicida, avaliada frente a caramujos da espécie Biomphalaria glabrata (Molusca, Gastropoda), não mostrou toxicidade aguda para soluções de 400 µg mL-1. As propriedades antioxidantes dos extratos investigadas in vitro mediante o método de DPPH• foram consideradas modestas (~ 35% de inibição na concentração de 1000 µg mL-1). Dentre as atividades biológicas que foram testadas a atividade citotóxica foi a mais pronunciada. Abstract in english Bromelia antiacantha Bertol. (Bromeliaceae), popularly known as "gravatá" or "caraguatá", shows medicinal, nutritional and ornamental properties. In the present study, the alcoholic extracts of leaves and fruits of this species were evaluated for antifungal, antibacterial, cytotoxic, molluscicidal a [...] nd antioxidant activities. The alcoholic extracts evaluated by microdilution method were not efficient against the standard strain of Candida albicans (ATCC 90028), clinical strains of C. albicans and C. glabrata, and S. aureus (ATCC 6538), P. aeruginosa (ATCC 9027) and E. coli (ATCC 8739). The cytotoxic activity evaluated by toxicity bioassay on nauplii of Artemia salina Leach (TAS) was positive for both extracts, with LD50 values ranging around 620 µg mL-1 and 360 µg mL-1 for alcoholic extracts from leaves and fruits, respectively. The molluscicidal activity evaluated against Biomphalaria glabrata (Mollusca, Gastropoda) did not present acute toxicity for 400 µg mL-1 solutions. The antioxidant properties of the extracts investigated in vitro using the DPPH• method were considered modest (~ 35% of inhibition at 1000 µg mL-1). Among the evaluated biological activities, cytotoxic activity was the most marked.

  10. Faecal bacteria in Perna perna (Linnaeus, 1758 (Mollusca: Bivalvia for biomonitoring coastal waters and seafood quality

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    Full Text Available Urban development in coastal areas is intense and leads to the increase of sewage outfall and other negative impacts as consequences. Thus, stringent regulations establishing limits to the microbiological contamination of water and seafood are needed. The objective of this study is to evaluate the usefulness of Enterococci and Thermotolerant Coliform densities in the flesh of mussels Perna perna as an alternative tool for monitoring the microbiological quality of coastal waters. The study also considers allometric relations applied to clearance rates to understand rates of bacterial concentration. Bacterial loads obtained in mussels' flesh were from 50 to 4,300 times greater than in the water sampled in the vicinity of the mussels and some were considered inappropriate for consumption even when the water presented no restrictions. The mean clearance rate obtained for Enterococci retention was 317.7 ml h-1 and this rate (CR is related to the mussels' size (L by the equation CR = 28.3229L1.6421. The results showed that bacterial densities in the mussels' tissues may reflect chronic contamination of the environment and that clearance rates are important for taking the best decision in situations where, for example, it is desired to introduce mussels for aquaculture and the evaluation of the water concerned is required.O desenvolvimento urbano em áreas costeiras é intenso e o aumento das descargas de esgoto é uma das conseqüências. Assim, leis específicas que regulem limites para a contaminação microbiológica das águas e de alimentos de origem marinha são necessárias. O objetivo deste estudo é avaliar a utilização de Enterococos e coliformes termotolerantes na carne de mexilhões Perna perna como alternativa para o monitoramento da qualidade microbiológica de águas costeiras. O estudo também considera relações alométricas aplicadas às taxas de "clearance" para entender a concentração de bactérias pelo molusco. As densidades bacterianas obtidas no molusco foram de 50 a 4300 vezes maiores do que nas amostras de água coletadas próximas dos moluscos e alguns foram considerados impróprios para consumo, mesmo quando as águas não mostraram restrições. A taxa de "clearance" média obtida para retenção de Enterococos foi 317.7 ml h-1 e essas taxas (CR puderam ser relacionadas com o tamanho dos mexilhões (L pela equação CR = 28.3229L1.6421. Os resultados mostram que as densidades bacterianas nos tecidos dos mexilhões podem refletir a contaminação crônica do ambiente e que as taxas de "clearance" devem ser consideradas para a tomada de decisão em situações onde, por exemplo, se deseja implantar mexilhões para cultivo.

  11. Unique Ca(2+)-activated ATPase in the nervous ganglia of Phyllocaulis soleiformis (Mollusca).

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    Da Silva, Rosane Souza; de Paula Cognato, Giana; Bogo, Maurício Reis; da Graça Fauth, Maria; Fin, Cyntia Alencar; Thomé, José Willibaldo; Bonan, Carla Denise; Dutra Dias, Renato

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    Nucleotide-metabolizing enzymes play important roles in the regulation of intracellular and extracellular nucleotide levels. We studied ATPase activity in the nervous ganglia of Phyllocaulis soleiformis, a terrestrial slug. The ATPase was divalent cation-dependent, with a maximal rate for ATP hydrolysis at pH 6.0 and 7.2 in the presence of Ca(2+) (5 mM). Mg(2+)-ATPase activity was only 26% of the activity observed in the presence of Ca(2+) (5 mM). ZnCl2 (10 mM) produced a significant inhibition of 70%. Ca(2+)-ATPase activity was insensitive to the classical ATPase inhibitors ouabain, N-ethylmaleimide, orthovanadate and sodium azide. Levamisole, an inhibitor of alkaline phosphatase, was ineffective. Among nucleotides, ATP was the best substrate. The apparent K(m) ((ATP)) for Ca(2+)-ATPase was 348+/-84 microM ATP and the V(max) was 829+/-114 nmol Pi min(-1) mg(-1) protein. The P. soleiformis ganglial ATPase does not appear to fit clearly into any of the previously described types of Ca(2+)-ATPases. PMID:11742758

  12. Biostratigraphy and palaeoecology of the marine Pleistocene of Rhodes, Greece: Scleractinia, Serpulidae, Mollusca and Brachiopoda

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    Full Text Available A biostratigraphical and palaeoecological study of the Pleistocene marine fauna from the Kallithea area (northeast Rhodes, Greece has been conducted. In this area, the Lindos Bay Clay and the Cape Arkhangelos Calcarenite, which constitute the Rhodes Formation, are well exposed in ancient quarries. The study has revealed the presence of 120 mollusc taxa, viz scaphopods (3 taxa, bivalves (65, gastropods (52 and indeterminate polyplacophorans, together with brachiopods (6 taxa, corals (3 and serpulids (7. The fauna of the Lindos Bay Clay contains counterparts of the modern biocoenoses of the coastal detritic (DC and muddy detritic bottoms (DE, whereas the Cape Arkhangelos Calcarenite shows evidence of the coralligenous biocoenosis (C, the biocoenosis of the 'Posidonia' meadows (HP, the biocoenosis of the photophilic algae (AP, the biocoenosis of fine-grained, well-sorted sand (SFBC, and the biocoenosis of coarse-grained sands and fine gravels under bottom currents (SGCF. The Windmill Bay Boulder Bed and the Kleopolu Calcirudite, which comprise the overlying Lindos Acropolis Formation, contain indeterminate bivalves and gastropods between eroded blocks from the Cape Arkhangelos Calcarenite. The Lindos Acropolis Formation shows remains of the coralligenous biocoenosis (C. The taxa identified confirm the warm-temperate conditions in the northeastern Mediterranean during the Pleistocene. Finds of Arctica islandica, which can be considered a 'northern guest', indicate the Pleistocene age of the Cape Arkhangelos Calcarenite. Two uranium/thorium dates of bivalves also support this age. Pteropods in the uppermost Lindos Bay Clay also suggest a Pleistocene age.

  13. Comparative morphological study and phylogeny of representatives of the superfamily Calyptraeoidea (including Hipponicoidea) (Mollusca, Caenogastropoda)

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    Luiz Ricardo L., Simone.

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de testar a monofilia dos Calyptraeoidea e obter seu "plano básico", um estudo morfológico detalhado é desenvolvido nas seguintes espécies: a) Família Calyptraeidae, 1) Bostrycapulus aculeatus (Gmelin) (previamente Crepidula); 2) Crepidula aff. plana Say; 3) C. protea Orbigny (todos d [...] o Brasil); 4) C. aff. protea (da Argentina) (publicada em outro artigo); 5) C. convexa Say (da Venezuela); 6) C. fornicata (L.) (da Europa); 7) Calyptraea centralis (Conrad) (do Brasil); 8) Crucibulum auricula (Gmelin) (da Venezu-ela); 9) Cr. quiriquinae (Lesson) (do Chile); 10) Trochita trochiformis (Born) (do Chile); 11) Sigapatella calyptraeformis (Lam.) (da Nova Zelândia, previamente Calyptraea); b) Família Hipponicidae, 12) Hipponix costellatus Carpenter (previamente H. grayanus); 13) H. subrufus (Lam.); 14) H. incurvus (Gmelin) (previamente Capulus incurvatus) (estes 3 do NE Brasil); 15) H. grayanus Menke (do México e Equador); 16) H. leptus n. sp. (N.E. Brasil); 17) Sabia conica (Schumacher); 18) Malluvium devotus (Hedley) (ambos da Austrália); 19) Cheilea equestris (L.) (N.E. Brasil); c) Família Capulidae, 20) Capulus sycophanta Garrard (Austrália); d) Família Trichotropidae, 21) Trichotropis cancellata Hinds (W. USA); 22) T. borealis Broderip & Sowerby (N. Atlântico); 23) T. sp. (Alaska); e) Família Vanikoridae, 24) Vanikoro sp. (Austrália). Uma análise filogenética fundamentada em 112 caracteres (177 estados) é realizada, baseada na morfologia de todos os órgãos e sistemas. A única árvore obtida é a seguinte: ((Trichotropis cancellata - T. borealis) (Capulus sycophanta (Vanikoro sp ((Cheilea equestris (Sabia conica (Malluvium devotus ((Hipponix grayanus - H. leptus) (H. incurvus (H. costellatus - H. subrufus)))))) (Sigapatella calyptraeformis (Trochita trochiformis (Calyptraea centralis ((Crucibulum auricula - Cr. quiriquinae) (Bostrycapulus aculeatus (Crepidula argentina (C. convexa (C. fornicata (C. aff. plana - C. protea))))))))))))). Passos: 267, IC: 67, IR: 88. como grupos externos são usados representantes de outras superfamílias de Caenogastropoda, assim como de outros grupos de arqueogastrópodes. Como resultados principais destacam-se a monofilia de Calyptraeoidea, suportada por 27 sinapomorfias se os grupos externos forem os Caenogastropoda basais (Cerithioidea, Hydrobioidea) e 21 sinapomorfias com Stromboidea e Cypraeoidea como grupos externos. Calyptraeoidea inclui sucessivamente ao longo da árvore as seguintes famílias monofiléticas: Trichotropidae, Capulidae, Vanikoridae, Hipponicidae e Calyptraeidae. A afinidade com Hipponicidae de Cheilea é confirmada, dentre alguns problemas taxonômicos encontrados nos representantes amostrados (como mencionados acima), foram parcialmente resolvidos. Abstract in english With the objective of testing the monophyly of the Calyptraeoidea and of searching for its ground plan, a detailed morpho-logical analysis was conducted for the following species: a) Family Calyptraeidae, 1) Bostrycapulus aculeatus (Gmelin) (formerly Crepidula); 2) Crepidula aff. plana Say; 3) C. pr [...] otea Orbigny (these from Brazil); 4) C. aff. protea (from Argentina) (published elsewhere); 5) C. convexa Say (from Venezuela); 6) C. fornicata (L.) (from Europe); 7) Calyptraea centralis (Conrad) (from Brazil); 8) Crucibulum auricula (Gmelin) (from Venezuela); 9) Cr. quiriquinae (Lesson) (from Chile); 10) Trochita trochiformis (Born) (from Chile); 11) Sigapatella calyptraeformis (Lam.) (from New Zealand, formerly Calyptraea); b) Family Hipponicidae, 12) Hipponix costellatus Carpenter (formerly H. grayanus); 13) H. subrufus (Lam.); 14) H. incurvus (Gmelin) (formerly Capulus incurvatus) (these 3 from NE Brazil); 15) H. grayanus Menke (from Mexico and Ecuador); 16) H. leptus n. sp. (N.E. Brazil); 17) Sabia conica (Schumacher); 18) Malluvium devotus (Hedley) (both Australia); 19) Cheilea equestris (L.) (N.E. Brazil); c) Family Capulidae, 20) Capulus sycophanta Garrard (Australia); d) Family Trichotropidae, 21) Trichotropis cancellata Hinds (W. USA

  14. Crecimiento y madurez sexual de una población de Saccostrea palmula (Mollusca: Bivalvia), Costa Rica

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    Jorge H., Cabrera Peña; Maurizio, Protti Quesada; Mario, Urriola Hernández; Osvaldo, Sáenz Vargas.

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    Full Text Available Se determinó la estructura de la población, crecimiento, madurez sexual, índice de condición y rendimiento de Saccostrea palmula en el estero Morales, Punta Morales, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, entre mayo de 1998 y mayo de 1999. La longitud total y peso total máximo encontrado fue de 66.66 mm y 24.64 g [...] respectivamente. El crecimiento para la especie de acuerdo a la ecuación de von Bertalanffy, se rigió por Lt =68.2 (1- e -0.1577 t). La relación longitud total-peso total para la población indicó un crecimiento del tipo alométrico y se rigió por la ecuación Pt = 2.13 x 10-2 Lt1.6602. La proporción sexual fue de 1.00 macho: 0.92 hembras, con una talla mínima reproductiva en ejemplares mayores a los 10 mm de Lt y una actividad reproductiva durante todo el año. El mayor desove ocurre entre noviembre y enero. El índice de condición promedio para la población fue de 12.53 ± 2.24 % y el rendimiento de 10.32 ± 1.64 % Abstract in english Growth and sexual maturity in Saccostrea palmula were studied between May 1998 and May 1999, in Morales estuary, Punta Morales, Puntarenas, Costa Rica (n=540 individuals according to sample size equation). The weight-length relationship for the population was Pt = 2.13 x 10-2 Lt1.6602 and von Bertal [...] anffy growth function was Lt = 68.2 (1- e -0.1577 t). The mean sex ratio was 1.00 male: 0.92 females with sexually mature individuals found throughout the year. Spawning activity was highest between November and January. The mean condition index (IC = PCF/PV x 100) for the population was 121.53 ± 2.24 and the mean meat yield was 10.32 ± 1.64 %

  15. Temporal dynamics of amino and fatty acid composition in the razor clam Ensis siliqua (Mollusca: Bivalvia)

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    Baptista, Miguel; Repolho, Tiago; Maulvault, Ana Luísa; Lopes, Vanessa M.; Narciso, Luis; Marques, António; Bandarra, Narcisa; Rosa, Rui

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    Few studies have been conducted on the temporal dynamics of both amino acid (AA) and fatty acid (FA) profiles in marine bivalves. We investigated the seasonal variation of these compounds in the pod razor clam Ensis siliqua in relation to food availability, salinity, water temperature and reproductive cycle. AA content varied between 46.94 and 54.67 % dry weight (DW), and the AAs found in greater quantity were glutamic acid, glycine and aspartic acid. FA content varied between 34.02 and 87.94 mg g-1 DW and the FAs found in greater quantity were 16:0 and 22:6 n-3. Seasonal trends were observed for AAs and FAs. FAs increased with gametogenesis and decreased with spawning while AA content increased throughout spawning. The effect of increasing temperature and high food availability during the spawning season masked the loss of AAs resulting from gamete release. Still, a comparatively greater increase in the contents of glutamic acid and leucine with spawning indicate their possible involvement in a post-spawning gonad recovery mechanism. A post-spawning decrease in 14:0, 16:0, 16:1 n-7, 18:1 n-7 and 18:1 n-9 is indicative of the importance of these FAs in bivalve eggs. An increase in 18:3 n-3, 18:4 n-3, 20:1 n-9 and 20:2 n-6 during gametogenesis suggests their involvement in oocyte maturation. The FA 22:4 n-6, while increasing with spawning, appears to play a role in post-spawning gonad recovery. Salinity did not have an effect on the AA composition. None of the environmental parameters measured had an effect on FA composition.

  16. The cytoskeleton of chondrocytes of Sepia officinalis (Mollusca, Cephalopoda: an immunocytochemical study

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    F Leone

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Our previous electron microscope study showed that chondrocytes from cephalopod cartilage possess a highly developed cytoskeleton and numerous cytoplasmic processes that ramify extensively through the tissue. We have now carried out a light microscope immunocytochemical study of chondrocytes from the orbital cartilage of Sepia officinalis to obtain indications as to the nature of the cytoskeletal components. We found clear positivity to antibodies against mammalian tubulin, vimentin, GFAP, and actin, but not keratin. The simultaneous presence of several cytoskeletal components is consistent with the hypothesis that cephalopod chondrocytes have the characteristics of both chondrocytes and osteocytes of vertebrates, which endow the tissue as a whole with some of the properties of vertebrate bone. We confirm, therefore, the presence in molluscs of the ubiquitous cytoskeletal proteins of metazoan cells that have remained highly conserved throughout phylogenetic evolution.

  17. Hermaphroditism among dioecious Tagelus plebeius (Lightfoot, 1786) (Mollusca, Psammobiidae) and Iphigenia brasiliana (Lamarck, 1818) (Mollusca, Donacidae) on the Cachoeira River Estuary, Ilhéus, Bahia, Brazil / Hermafroditismo nos moluscos dióicos Tagelus plebeius (Lightfoot, 1786) (Mollusca, Psammobiidae) e Iphigenia brasiliana (Lamarck, 1818) (Mollusca, Donacidae) na região estuarina do Rio Cachoeira, Ilhéus, Bahia, Brasil

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    LO., Ceuta; G., Boehs; JJB., Santos.

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    Full Text Available Os exemplares de Tagelus plebeius e Iphigenia brasiliana foram manualmente coletados na região estuarina do Rio Cachoeira (Ilhéus, Bahia), entre agosto de 2005 e agosto de 2006, com coleta quinzenal de 20 animais, totalizando 500 exemplares/espécie. Os animais foram mensurados, eviscerados e fixados [...] em solução de Davidson por 24-30 horas e depois transferidos para etanol a 70%. O material foi processado por técnica rotineira de histologia, com inclusão em parafina, obtenção de cortes com 7 ?m de espessura e coloração por hematoxilina de Harris e Eosina (HE). A análise em microscopia de luz evidenciou 2 casos de hermafroditismo (0,4%) em T. plebeius e um caso (0,2%) em I. brasiliana (0,2%), com predominância de folículos femininos sobre os masculinos. Abstract in english The samples of Tagelus plebeius and Iphigenia brasiliana were manually collected on the Cachoeira River estuary region (Ilhéus, BA, Brazil) between August 2005 and August 2006, with a periodicity of 15 days, with 20 animals collected/sampled, performing 500 samples from each species. The animals wer [...] e measured, eviscerated and kept in solution of Davidson and after 24-30 hours, they were transferred to ethanol 70%. The material was processed for routine histology, with paraffin embedding, obtaining 7 ?m thick slices, stained with Harris hematoxilin and Eosin (HE). By light microscopy analysis, 2 cases of hermaphroditism (0.4%) in T. plebeius samples and one case (0.2%) in I. brasiliana were registered with predominance of female over male follicles.

  18. Hermaphroditism among dioecious Tagelus plebeius (Lightfoot, 1786) (Mollusca, Psammobiidae) and Iphigenia brasiliana (Lamarck, 1818) (Mollusca, Donacidae) on the Cachoeira River Estuary, Ilhéus, Bahia, Brazil Hermafroditismo nos moluscos dióicos Tagelus plebeius (Lightfoot, 1786) (Mollusca, Psammobiidae) e Iphigenia brasiliana (Lamarck, 1818) (Mollusca, Donacidae) na região estuarina do Rio Cachoeira, Ilhéus, Bahia, Brasil

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    The samples of Tagelus plebeius and Iphigenia brasiliana were manually collected on the Cachoeira River estuary region (Ilhéus, BA, Brazil) between August 2005 and August 2006, with a periodicity of 15 days, with 20 animals collected/sampled, performing 500 samples from each species. The animals were measured, eviscerated and kept in solution of Davidson and after 24-30 hours, they were transferred to ethanol 70%. The material was processed for routine histology, with paraffin embedding, obt...

  19. Ultrastructure developments during spermiogenesis in Polydora ciliata (Annelida: Spionidae), a parasite of mollusca

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    Gao, Yan; Zhang, Tao; Zhang, Libin; Qiu, Tianlong; Xue, Dongxiu; Yang, Hongsheng

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    Spionid worms of Polydora ciliata inhabit the shells of many commercially important bivalves and cause disease in molluscan aquaculture. Their sperm structure is closely related to their fertilization method. To give an insight into the sperm structure and spermatogenesis, ultrastructure details of the subcellular components of germ cells during spermiogenesis of Polydora ciliata are detected by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In P. ciliata, during spermiogenesis, chromatin is regularly arranged as dense fibrils and becomes more condensed when the nucleus elongates. Microtubules do not surround the nucleus during its elongation. The Golgi phase is characterized by the formation of proacrosomal granules within the Golgi apparatus. The proacrosomal granules fuse to form a single, spherical acrosomal vesicle that migrates to the anterior pole of the cell. At the time of nuclear condensation, mitochondria become reduced in number but increased in size, causing deep indentation at the base of the nucleus. The mid-piece has a few mitochondria. The cap phase includes the spreading of the acrosomal granule over the surface of the nucleus of the differentiating spermatid. The acrosomal phase of spermiogenesis is typically associated with changes in the shape of the nucleus, acrosome and tail. The relationship of sperm ultrastructure to spermiogenesis in spionidae species was discussed.

  20. A new genus and species of cavernicolous Pomatiopsidae (Mollusca, Caenogastropoda) in Bahia, Brazil

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    Luiz Ricardo L., Simone.

    Full Text Available Spiripockia punctata é gênero e espécie novos de Pomatiopsidae encontrado em uma caverna da Serra Ramalho, SW Bahia, Brasil. O táxon é troglóbio (restrito à vida subterrânea), caracterizado pela concha levemente alongada, frágil, translúcida, normalmente esculturada por pústulas contendo pelos do pe [...] rióstraco no topo das pústulas; perístoma altamente expandido; umbílico aberto; dente raquidiano da rádula com 6 cúspides apicais e 3 pares de basais; osfrádio curto e curvo; filamentos branquiais com topo arredondado; próstata achatada, com vaso deferente inserindo subterminalmente; ducto do pênis fracamente sinuoso; oviduto palial anteriormente simples, possuindo um by-pass convoluto da base da porção bulbosa da porção entre oviduto visceral e palial com a base do receptáculo seminal; ducto da espermateca completo, originado da glândula de albume. A descrição dessa espécie endêmica deve contribuir com ações protetivas do ambiente da caverna e à área da Serra Ramalho. Abstract in english Spiripockia punctatais a new genus and species of Pomatiopsidae found in a cave from Serra Ramalho, SW Bahia, Brazil. The taxon is troglobiont (restricted to subterranean realm), and is characterized by the shell weakly elongated, fragile, translucent, normally sculptured by pustules with periostrac [...] um hair on tip of pustules; peristome highly expanded; umbilicus opened; radular rachidian with 6 apical and 3 pairs of lateral cusps; osphradium short, arched; gill filaments with rounded tip; prostate flattened, with vas deferens inserting subterminally; penis duct narrow and weakly sinuous; pallial oviduct simple anteriorly, possessing convoluted bypass connecting base of bulged portion of transition between visceral and pallial oviducts with base of seminal receptacle; spermathecal duct complete, originated from albumen gland. The description of this endemic species may raise protective environmental actions to that cave and to the Serra Ramalho Karst area.

  1. Biomphalaria obstructa (Morelet, 1849: a study of topotypic specimens (Mollusca: pulmonata: planorbidae

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    W. Lobato Paraense

    1990-12-01

    Full Text Available A description of Biomphalaria obstructa (Morelet, 1849, based on specimens collected at its type locality - isla del carmen, state of Campeche, Mexico - is presented. The Shell is small, 13 mm in diameter, 3.5 mm in width and with 5.75 whorls in the largest specimen, thin, moderately lustrous and translucent, horn-colored. Whorls increasing regularly (neither slowly nor rapidly in diameter, rounded on the periphery side, bluntly angular on the left. Suture well-marked, deeper on the left. Right side widely concave, with first whorl deeply situated and partly hidden by the next. Left side shallower than right one, largely flattened, with first whorl plaintly visible. Aperture roundly heart-shaped, usually in the same plane as the body whorl but somewhat deflected to the left (less frequently to the right in some specimens. Peristome sharp, seldom blunt; a distinct callus on the parietal wall. A number of young shells develop one set (seldom more of apertural lamellae which tend to be resorbed as the shell grows. Absence of renal ridge. Ovotestis with about 70 mostly unbrached diverticula. Seminal vesicle beset with well-developed knoblike to fingerlike diverticula. Vaginal pouch more or less developed. Spermatheca club-shaped when empty, egg-shaped when full, and with intermediate forms between those extremes. Spermathecal body usually somewhat longer than the duct. Prostate with 7 to 20 (mean 12.06 ± 2.51 usually short diverticula which give off plumpish branches spreading out in a fan shape and overlapping to some extent their immediate neighbors. Foremost prostatic diverticulum nearly always partially or completely inserted between the spermathecal body and the uterine wall. Penial sheath consistently narrower and shorter than the prepuce. Muscular coat of the penis consisting of an inner longitudinal and an outer circular layers. Ratios between organ lengths: caudal to cephalic parts of female duct = 0.55 to 1.37 (mean 0.85 +- 0.17; cephalic parte of female duct to penial complex = 1.36 to 2.81 ((mean 1.90 +- 0.33; penial sheath to prepuce = 042 to 0.96 (mean 0.67 +- 0.13. Comparison with Morelet’s type specimens of Planorbis orbiculus and P. retusus points to the identity of those nominal species with B. obstructa.

  2. Natural infection of Helix aspersa (Mollusca: Pulmonata) by Dicrocoeliidae (Digenea) larval stages in Izmir, Turkey.

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    Gürelli, Gözde; Göçmen, Bayram

    2007-01-01

    In this study, the prevalence of larval stages of Dicrocoeliidae in the garden snail Helix aspersa Müller, 1774 commonly found in the vicinity of Izmir, Turkey was investigated and some of its histological and morphological features were determined. The molluscs were collected during the spring of 2005. As the result of the investigation, a land snail species, H. aspersa, was found to be an intermediate host in the life cycle of Dicrocoeliidae and it had a prevalence of 0.97 % in the study area. In the present study, H. aspersa has been reported for the first time as an intermediate host of Dicrocoeliid species. The prevalence of infection was highest in March. PMID:17594660

  3. Genetic variability and molecular identification of Brazilian Biomphalaria species (Mollusca: Planorbidae).

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    Carvalho, S; Caldeira, R L; Simpson, A J; Vidigal, T H

    2001-01-01

    Freshwater snails belonging to the genus Biomphalaria are intermediate hosts of the trematode Schistosoma mansoni in the Neotropical region and Africa. In Brazil, one subspecies and ten species of Biomphalaria have been identified: B. glabrata, B. tenagophila, B. straminea, B. occidentalis, B. peregrina, B. kuhniana, B. schrammi, B. amazonica, B. oligoza, B. intermedia and B.t. guaibensis. However, only the first three species are found naturally infected with S. mansoni. The classical identification of these planorbids is based on comparison of morphological characteristics of the shell and male and female reproductive organs, which is greatly complicated by the extensive intra-specific variation. Several molecular techniques have been used in studies on the identification, genetic structure as well as phylogenetic relationships between these groups of organisms. Using the randomly amplified polymorphic DNAs (RAPD) analysis we demonstrated that B. glabrata exhibits a remarkable degree of intra-specific polymorphism. Thus, the genetics of the snail host may be more important to the epidemiology of schistosomiasis than those of the parasite itself. Using the simple sequence repeat anchored polymerase chain reaction (SSR-PCR) in intra-populational and intra-specific studies we have demonstrated that snails belonging to the B. straminea complex (B. straminea, B. kuhniana and B. intermedia) clearly presented higher heterogeneity. Using the low stringency polymerase chain reaction (LS-PCR) technique we were able to separate B. glabrata from B. tenagophila and B. tenagophila from B. occidentalis. To separate all Brazilian Biomphalaria species we used the restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) of the internal transcribed spacer region (ITS) of the DNA gene. The method also proved to be efficient for the specific identification of DNA extracted from snail eggs. Recently we have sequenced the ITS2 region for phylogenetic studies of all Biomphalaria snails from Brazil. PMID:11769284

  4. Phylogenetic relationships among Brazilian Biomphalaria species (Mollusca: Planorbidae) based upon analysis of ribosomal ITS2 sequences.

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    Vidigal, T H; Kissinger, J C; Caldeira, R L; Pires, E C; Monteiro, E; Simpson, A J; Carvalho, O S

    2000-12-01

    In spite of their abundance, widespread distribution and medical importance, the phylogenetic relationships among Biomphalaria snails have received relatively little attention. We have collected and studied 29 populations of snails obtained from different localities from Brazil. We have sequenced the ribosomal DNA second internal transcribed spacer (ITS2) from the following Biomphalaria species: B. glabrata, B. tenagophila tenagophila, B. occidentalis, B. straminea, B. peregrina, B. kuhniana, B. schrammi, B. amazonica, B. oligoza, B. intermedia and an outgroup species Helisoma duryi. The sequence from each species is unique. Three different methods of phylogenetic reconstruction were used (distance, maximum parsimony and maximum likelihood). The resulting phylogenetic trees obtained by these methods basically support current systematic relationships based on morphological characters alone. This study demonstrates that the ITS2 region contains markers useful for identification and determination of relationships among Biomphalaria species. PMID:11155932

  5. Bioactive substances with anti-neoplastic efficacy from marine invertebrates: Bryozoa, Mollusca, Echinodermata and Urochordata

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    The marine environment provides a rich source of natural products with potential therapeutic application. This has resulted in an increased rate of pharmaceutical agents being discovered in marine animals, particularly invertebrates. Our objective is to summarize the most promising compounds which have the best potential and may lead to use in clinical practice, show their biological activities and highlight the compounds currently being tested in clinical trials. In this paper, we focused on...

  6. Melanoides tuberculata (Mollusca: Thiaridae) as an intermediate host of Centrocestus formosanus (Trematoda: Heterophyidae) in Brazil.

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    Pinto, Hudson Alves; de Melo, Alan Lane

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    Pleurolophocercous cercariae emerged from naturally infected Melanoides tuberculata from Minas Gerais State, Brazil, were used to perform experimental infection of laboratory-reared Poecilia reticulata. Mature metacercariae were obtained from the gills of fishes and force-fed to Mus musculus. The adult parasites which recovered from small intestines of mice were identified as Centrocestus formosanus. This is the first report of M. tuberculata as intermediate host of this heterophyid in Brazil. PMID:21748229

  7. A new species of the genus Crenilabium (Mollusca, Heterobranchia, Acteonidae from Brazil

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    Luiz Ricardo L. Simone

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    Full Text Available Crenilabium birmani, a new species of acteonid is conchologically described from the southwestern and southern coast of Brazil. The new species is the fist record of the genus for the South Western Atlantic and differ in details and proportions of the suture and aperture. Two variants of the suture were detected, some specimens have simple suture, while others possess a deep, scaled suture. Information about a possible specimen of Crenilabium figured by Abbott (1974 representing Rictaxis punctocaelatus is here discussed, and its holotype if figured.Crenilabium birmani, uma nova espécie de Acteonidae é descrita conquiliologicamente para a costa sudeste e sul do Brasil. A espécie nova é o primeiro registro do gênero para o sul do Atlântico Oeste e difere em detalhes e proporções da sutura e abertura. Duas variantes de sutura foram detectadas, alguns espécimes apresentam sutura simples, enquanto outros uma sutura funda e escalonada. Informações sobre um possível espécime de Crenilabium figurado por Abbott (1974, representando Rictaxis punctocaelatus, é discutido neste, com a ilustração do holótipo desta espécie.

  8. Morfologia y biologia de Bostryx conspersus (Sowerby (Mollusca, Bulimulidae en las lomas costeras del Peru Central

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    Rina Ramírez

    1988-01-01

    Full Text Available Morphological and biological observations on populations of the land snail Bostryx conspersus, in three "Lomas"of the Central Coast of Peru, were carried out between 1979 and 1982. Three shell color varieties of B. conspersus are reponed herein, as well as its aestivation, activity and reproduction strategies. The possible interactions of B. conspersus with a dipteron (Scaptomyza sp.; Drosophilidae and a nematode species are also discussed.

  9. Morfologia y biologia de Bostryx conspersus (Sowerby) (Mollusca, Bulimulidae) en las lomas costeras del Peru Central

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    Rina Ramírez

    1988-01-01

    Morphological and biological observations on populations of the land snail Bostryx conspersus, in three "Lomas"of the Central Coast of Peru, were carried out between 1979 and 1982. Three shell color varieties of B. conspersus are reponed herein, as well as its aestivation, activity and reproduction strategies. The possible interactions of B. conspersus with a dipteron (Scaptomyza sp.; Drosophilidae) and a nematode species are also discussed.

  10. Acanthochitona terezae sp. n., um novo poliplacóforo da costa brasileira (Mollusca, Polyplacophora)

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    Orlando Guerra Júnior

    1983-01-01

    O autor descreve uma nova espécie de poliplacóforo (Acanthochitona terezae) para o litoral brasileiro, apresenta dados sobre sua morfologia e discute aspectos biogeográficos.The author describes a new species of chiton (Acanthochitona terezae) from the coast of Brazil, adducing data on its morphology and biogeographic aspects.

  11. On the morphology of Laevapex vazi n. sp. from Brazil (Mollusca: Pulmonata: Basommatophora: Ancylidae)

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    Sonia Barbosa dos, Santos.

    Full Text Available A description of Laevapex vazi n. sp. based on 8 specimens collectec in Ourinhos, state of São Paulo, is presented. Shell thin, diaphanous, with a light brown periostracum and moderately elliptical opening. Apex not pointed, smooth, situated on the right posterior region of the shell, inclined to th [...] e right often reaching the edge of the shell or extending beyond it. Concentric lines clearly visible; radial striation not visible or when perceptible very thin, here and there. Ratios: shell width/shell lenght = 0,60 - 0,67 (mean = 0,63); shell height/shell length = 0,50 - 0,61 (mean = 0,55); shell height/shell width = 0,33 - 0,40 (mean = 0,35). Body of normal ancylid type; mantle pigmentation concentrated on the left side; three muscles are seen: a round posterior one on the left side, an elliptical muscle on the right anterior side and an almost almond-shaped one on the left anterior side. Tentacles with a medium core of black pigment. Pseudobranch two-lobed and folded, the dorsal lobe smaller than the vetral one. Ovotestis with 20 unbranched diverticula, around a short collecting canal. Ovispermiduct with an enlargement with several round outpocketings constituting the seminal vesicle. Carrefour as a round sac. Albumen gland almost cylindrical with several acinous diverticula. Elongated nidamental gland continous with the galndular wall of the uterus; uterus flattened and thin-walled. Spermathecal body almost rounded. Pear-shaped prostate without diverticula. Penial complex without flagellum but with well-developed ultra-penis and penis. Jaw horseshoe shaped. Radular forma 20.1.20; raquidian tooth quadricuspid, asymmetrical. The genus Laevapex Walker, 1903 is recorded for the first time in Brazil. It is easily distinguished from South American Gundlachia Pfeiffer, 1849 by its penial complex. Laevapex vazi is dedicated to Dr. Jorge Faria Vaz, from SUCEN-SP, who have been sent to me the specimens.

  12. Molecular phylogeny of pearl oysters and their relatives (Mollusca, Bivalvia, Pterioidea

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    Tëmkin Ilya

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The superfamily Pterioidea is a morphologically and ecologically diverse lineage of epifaunal marine bivalves distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical continental shelf regions. This group includes commercially important pearl culture species and model organisms used for medical studies of biomineralization. Recent morphological treatment of selected pterioideans and molecular phylogenetic analyses of higher-level relationships in Bivalvia have challenged the traditional view that pterioidean families are monophyletic. This issue is examined here in light of molecular data sets composed of DNA sequences for nuclear and mitochondrial loci, and a published character data set of anatomical and shell morphological characters. Results The present study is the first comprehensive species-level analysis of the Pterioidea to produce a well-resolved, robust phylogenetic hypothesis for nearly all extant taxa. The data were analyzed for potential biases due to taxon and character sampling, and idiosyncracies of different molecular evolutionary processes. The congruence and contribution of different partitions were quantified, and the sensitivity of clade stability to alignment parameters was explored. Conclusions Four primary conclusions were reached: (1 the results strongly supported the monophyly of the Pterioidea; (2 none of the previously defined families (except for the monotypic Pulvinitidae were monophyletic; (3 the arrangement of the genera was novel and unanticipated, however strongly supported and robust to changes in alignment parameters; and (4 optimizing key morphological characters onto topologies derived from the analysis of molecular data revealed many instances of homoplasy and uncovered synapomorphies for major nodes. Additionally, a complete species-level sampling of the genus Pinctada provided further insights into the on-going controversy regarding the taxonomic identity of major pearl culture species.

  13. Taxonomic implications of molecular studies on Northern Brazilian Teredinidae (Mollusca: Bivalvia specimens

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    Sonia Maria Lima Santos

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available The current taxonomy of the Teredinidae (shipworms is wholly based on morphology and up to now no molecular studies of the phylogeny of this group have been published. In the present study the relationships between four genera of the subfamilies Teredininae and Bankiinae were established and the efficiency of the 16S rRNA gene in characterizing four Teredinidae species was tested. Phylogenetic trees support the grouping of Bankia fimbriatula with Nausitora fusticula and of Neoteredo reynei with Psiloteredo healdi, but the genetic distances do not justify the classification of these species into two distinct subfamilies. The results show that B. fimbriatula, N. reynei and P. healdi specimens from the coast of the Brazilian state of Pará have five distinct 16S rRNA haplotypes, with one N. reynei haplotype differing from the other haplotypes in respect to at least seven sequences sites, indicating the existence of two very distinct sympatric lineages.

  14. Crescimento de órgãos do aparelho reprodutor durante o desenvolvimento de Biomphalaria tenagophila (Orbigny (Mollusca, Planorbidae

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    MONTEIRO W.

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available Biomphalaria tenagophila é um hermafrodita simultâneo cujo investimento na função masculina foi avaliado pelo crescimento de seus órgãos sexuais em relação ao diâmetro da concha. Foram criadas novas técnicas para medir órgãos reprodutivos, sem aparentes distorções, e contar folículos do ovoteste. Durante o crescimento de espécimes sexualmente maduros de B. tenagophila, cresceu o número de folículos do ovoteste, mas seus números máximos e mínimos são menores do que os citados na literatura. O número de divertículos da próstata e de folículos do ovoteste de B. glabrata é maior do que o de B. tenagophila. Embora o comprimento do ovoteste, da próstata, da bainha do pênis e da glândula mucípara-ootecal variassem durante o crescimento do caramujo, não variou significativamente o número de divertículos da próstata.

  15. Recrutamento larval e crescimento de teredinidae (mollusca-bivalvia em região entremarés de manguezais

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    Sônia Godoy Bueno Carvalho Lopes

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available O recrutamento larval e o crescimento de Teredinidae na região entremarés do manguezal da Praia Dura, Ubatuba, SP, foi acompanhado durante doze meses (08/84 a 08/85 utilizando coletores construídos com madeira de mangue. O tempo decorrido para se detectar a presença dos primeiros Teredinidae foi de aproximadamente sete meses após o início do experimento e o número de indivíduos por coletor foi muito reduzido no período de amostragem. Esses resultados contrastam com os obtidos por outros autores que instalaram coletores em ambiente marinho, mas são semelhantes aos obtidos por autores que instalaram coletores em regiões estuarinas do litoral brasileiro. Essas diferenças nos resultados talvez possam ser explicadas pelo fato da salinidade ser mais baixa e mais variável nos estuários que no ambiente marinho. A análise dos dados sobre o recrutamento larval, permite concluir que a espécie mais abundante foi Nausitora fustieula (Jeffreys, 1860, com principal época de instalação em março e taxa inicial de crescimento de 1,86 mm/day. As outras espécies de Teredinidae, Bankiaflmbriatula Moll & Roch, 1931, Bankia roehi Moll, 1931 e Neoteredo reynei (Bartsch, 1920, apresentaram pequeno número de indivíduos e em função disso, não foi possível determinar suas épocas de instalação e respectivas taxas de crescimento.The larval settlement and growth of Teredinidae in the intertidal region of the Praia Dura mangrove, Ubatuba, SP, were undertaken during one year (08/84 to 08/85 using colectors made from mangrove wood. The presence of the first Teredinidae was detected approximately seven month after the inicial experiment and the number of specimens per coletor was small during the sampling period. These results contrast with those obtained by other authors working in a marine environment, but are similar to those obtained in experiments developed in Brazilian estuaries. The differences between data obtained in marine and estuarine environments, might be explained by the lower and more variable salinity gradient in estuaries. Larval settlement data revealed that the most abundant species was Nausitora fustieula (Jeffreys,1860, which settles on wood prefrerably in March, and has an initial growth rate of 1.86 mm/day. The other Teredinidae species Banida fimbriatula Moll & Roch, 1931, Bankia rochi Moll, 1931 and Neoteredo reynei (Bartsch, 1920, occurred in a very small number of specimens and therefore, their time of settlement and growth rates could not be determined.

  16. The surface morphology of the ctenidia of Spondylus spinosus (Mollusca: Bivalvia) from Antalya Bay, Turkey

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    Deniz, Aksit; Beria Falakali, Mutaf; Ahmet, Balci.

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    Full Text Available The surface morphology of the ctenidia of Spondylus spinosus Schreibers, 1793 was studied with light and scanning electron microscopy for comparison with the gill structures of other bivalves. The demibranch of S. spinosus is heterorhabdic, with the principal filaments at the descending lamellae and [...] ordinary filaments at the ascending lamellae. The gill lamellae have a prominent gauze-like structure at their distal part, with numerous groups of eight ordinary filaments. They bear ciliary arrays on their frontal surfaces and ostia at their latero-frontal surfaces. Frequent cirral plates form regular interfilamentary junctions. The description of the gill structure of S. spinosus presented here can be used to derive implications for the correlations among the structure, habitat and mode of life of this species. At a particular stage of its adult life, Spondylus spinosus could be used as a subject for biomonitoring studies in natural and experimental environments.

  17. The influence of thymol+DMSO on survival, growth and reproduction of Bradybaena similaris (Mollusca: Bradybaenidae)

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    Paula, Ferreira; Geraldo L. G., Soares; Sthefane, D' ávila; Elisabeth C. de Almeida, Bessa.

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    Full Text Available Bradybaena similaris (Férussac, 1821), commonly known as the Asian trampsnail, is a terrestrial snail native to Asia, introduced in other regions of the world. In Brazil, populations of this land snail are distributed from the state of Amapá in the North to Rio Grande do Sul in the South. This speci [...] es acts as an intermediate host for parasites and is a difficult-to-control agricultural pest as well, causing great losses to crops and ornamental plant cultivation. This land snail is easily reared in the laboratory and has been successfully used as a biological model in studies that aim at verifying molluscicidal effects of plant extracts. Several studies have demonstrated that B. similaris, like many other species of land and freshwater snails, is physiologically adapted to survival over transitory unfavorable environmental conditions. Moreover, this species seems to have a life history strategy characterized by a short life span and a maximal opportunistic reproductive effort during transient favorable periods. Such biological features may potentially lead to the inefficacy of control attempts and, simultaneously, make this species able to repopulate sites previously treated with biocides. For this reason, studies that aim at verifying the effect of molluscicides on the reproduction, growth and survival of molluscs are greatly required. Molluscicides of plant origin may represent a safe and effective way of controlling these animals. Thymol is a substance of plant origin which has bactericidal, fungicidal and anti-inflammatory properties and has been presented as a promissory biocide of mollusc species. The aim of this work was to assess the molluscicidal property of thymol in combination with DMSO against eggs and adults of B. similaris. During 120 days, we evaluated the effect of thymol+DMSO at different concentrations (2.5 g/L and 5 g/L) on the hatching success, hatchling survival, growth and reproduction of B. similaris under laboratory conditions. We tested thymol+DMSO on 160 eggs, 160 10-day-old and 160 30-day-old juveniles. The results showed that thymol+DMSO (5 g/L and 2.5 g/L) affected hatching success, acting as an ovicide. The tests with 10-day-old juveniles showed that thymol+DMSO at 2.5 g/L and 5 g/L caused 90 and 100% of mortality, respectively. For the 30-day-old juveniles, thymol+DMSO caused 87.5% of mortality at 5 g/L, and 75% at 2.5 g/L. With regard to growth, the results were not significant. The 10-day-old individuals treated with thymol+DMSO showed only one reproductive event during the 120 days of the experiment. Thymol+DMSO showed molluscicidal and residual activity, which makes evident its potential for controlling snails, and consequently, snail-borne diseases.

  18. Producción secundaria e índice de condición en Arca zebra (Mollusca: Bivalvia) del Golfo de Cariaco, Venezuela

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    Antulio, Prieto Arcas; Omar, Ramos A.; Dwight, Arrieche; José, Villalba; César, Lodeiros.

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available Se estudió la biomasa, producción secundaria e índice de condición del bivalvo Arca zebra, desde agosto, 1984 hasta agosto, 1985 en Pariche, localidad situada en la costa norte del Golfo de Cariaco, Venezuela. La densidad promedio fue de 37 ind.m-2, con una mayor abundancia a 3 m de profundidad (49. [...] 75 ind.m-2). La estructura poblacional es estable con reclutamientos en octubre, diciembre 1984 y junio 19885. Los valores bimensuales de biomasa oscilaron entre 189.86 g Ps m-2 (agosto-84) y 28.51 g Ps m-2 (octubre-84), con un promedio de 93.69 g Ps m-2, y no presentaron diferencias significativas (Fs, P 0.05). Utilizando un método para poblaciones con reproducción contínua y edades no separables, se obtuvo una producción secundaria de 131.61 g Ps. m-2.año-1, y la relación P/B de1.41 año-1. La mayor producción secundaria ocurrió entre febrero 1985 y agosto 1985 (65%), con el mayor aporte por el intervalo 60.00-79.95 mm (45.73%). Se observaron cambios significativos en la variación mensual del índice de condición (IC= (Ps/ Ph) x100) en dos clases de tallas analizadas, presentando los valores más altos en julio de 1985 (26.84%) y el mínimo en enero de 1985 (16.31%). Abstract in english Production and condition index of a turkeywing (Arca zebra) population were studied from August 1984 to August 1985 in Pariche, Cariaco Gulf, Venezuela. Production was studied through bimonthly collections using a method designed for populations with continuous reproduction and indistinguishable age [...] classes. The population distribution was stable with a mean density of 37 ind.m-2. A production of 131.61 g dry weight m-2.year-1 was calcuclated from data on density, biomass and weight increase along the year. Highest production was between February 1985 and August 1985 (65%) and concentrated in individuals 60.00-79.95 mm long (45.73%). There was large seasonal variation in the mean monthly condition index (IC= (Ps/Ph) x100) in the two size classes examined: it reached a maximum in July 1985 (26.84%) and a minimum in January 1985 (16.31%).

  19. Diversidad malacológica en una comunidad de Arca zebra (Mollusca: Bivalvia)en Chacopata, Estado Sucre, Venezuela

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    Antulio S., Prieto; Lilia J., Ruiz; Natividad, García; Miyosky, Alvarez.

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available La diversidad malacológica de una comunidad submareal de Arca zebra se estudió, desde septiembre, 1990 hasta septiembre, 1991, en Chacopata, Estado Sucre, Venezuela. Se identificaron 40 especies (24 de bivalvos y 16 de gasterópodos). Los parámetros de diversidad en número de la comunidad fueron bajo [...] s (H` = 2.087 bits /ind., J` = 0.392, Simpson = 0.528) cuando se comparan con otros reportes de áreas tropicales. Los datos del número de individuos por especies con el rango conforman una línea recta ajustada por la serie logaritmica, con un índice de diversidad (a) de 5.66. Las máximas diversidades mensuales se observaron en septiembre, 1990 (1.63 bits/ind.) y julio, 1991 (1.60 bits/ind.), la mínima ocurrió en junio, 1991 (0.52 bits/ind.). De las 40 especies identificadas, la pepitona, Arca zebra fue la especie dominante en número (68.87 %) y en biomasa (72.34 %), seguida por Pinctada imbricata, Modiolus squamosus, Chama macerophyla y Anadara notabilis. Los gasterópodos predadores Phyllonotus pomum, Chicoreus brevifrons y Murex recurvirostris parecen tener relaciones tróficas con la especie dominante. La biomasa promedio total en peso húmedo con la concha (469.20 + 263 g m-2) es alta e indica que A. zebra, la especie dominante de rápido crecimiento, desempeña el papel más importante en la comunidad como un eficiente filtrador, que convierte el alimento planctónico en biomasa disponible, soportando una de las pesquerías más importantes de la región. Abstract in english The diversity of a subtidal epifaunal mollusk community was studied from September, 1990 to September, 1991 in Chacopata, Sucre State, Venezuela. There were 40 species (24 bivalves and 16 gastropods). The diversity indexes (H` = 2.087, J`=0.392, 1/D = 0.528) were low when compared with other tropica [...] l zones. Monthly diversity reached its maximum in September, 1990 (1.63 bits/ind.) and July, 1991 (1.60 bits/ind.); minimum diversity occurred in June, 1991 (0.52 bits/ind.). A Log series model applied to species abundance data showed a straight line with a diversity index a of 5.56. Of 40 species identified, the turkeywing Arca zebra was dominant (69 % in number of individuals and 72 % of biomass) followed by Pinctada imbricata, Modiolus squamosus, Chama macerophyla and Anadara notabilis. The predatory snails Phyllonotus pomum, Chicoreus brevifrons and Murex recurvirostris seemed to have trophic relationships with A. zebra. The total mean biomass in wet weight (469.20 + 263g m-2, shell included) was high which indicates that A. zebra, a species with a rapid growth rate, occupies a central role in the assemblage as an efficient filter feeder that converts planktonic food into available biomass, supporting one of the most important fisheries in Venezuela.

  20. Producción secundaria e índice de condición en Arca zebra (Mollusca: Bivalvia del Golfo de Cariaco, Venezuela

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    Antulio Prieto Arcas

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available Se estudió la biomasa, producción secundaria e índice de condición del bivalvo Arca zebra, desde agosto, 1984 hasta agosto, 1985 en Pariche, localidad situada en la costa norte del Golfo de Cariaco, Venezuela. La densidad promedio fue de 37 ind.m-2, con una mayor abundancia a 3 m de profundidad (49.75 ind.m-2. La estructura poblacional es estable con reclutamientos en octubre, diciembre 1984 y junio 19885. Los valores bimensuales de biomasa oscilaron entre 189.86 g Ps m-2 (agosto-84 y 28.51 g Ps m-2 (octubre-84, con un promedio de 93.69 g Ps m-2, y no presentaron diferencias significativas (Fs, P 0.05. Utilizando un método para poblaciones con reproducción contínua y edades no separables, se obtuvo una producción secundaria de 131.61 g Ps. m-2.año-1, y la relación P/B de1.41 año-1. La mayor producción secundaria ocurrió entre febrero 1985 y agosto 1985 (65%, con el mayor aporte por el intervalo 60.00-79.95 mm (45.73%. Se observaron cambios significativos en la variación mensual del índice de condición (IC= (Ps/ Ph x100 en dos clases de tallas analizadas, presentando los valores más altos en julio de 1985 (26.84% y el mínimo en enero de 1985 (16.31%.Production and condition index of a turkeywing (Arca zebra population were studied from August 1984 to August 1985 in Pariche, Cariaco Gulf, Venezuela. Production was studied through bimonthly collections using a method designed for populations with continuous reproduction and indistinguishable age classes. The population distribution was stable with a mean density of 37 ind.m-2. A production of 131.61 g dry weight m-2.year-1 was calcuclated from data on density, biomass and weight increase along the year. Highest production was between February 1985 and August 1985 (65% and concentrated in individuals 60.00-79.95 mm long (45.73%. There was large seasonal variation in the mean monthly condition index (IC= (Ps/Ph x100 in the two size classes examined: it reached a maximum in July 1985 (26.84% and a minimum in January 1985 (16.31%.

  1. Nonhemocyte sources of selected lysosomal enzymes in Biomphalaria glabrata, B. tenagophila and B. straminea (Mollusca: Pulmonata

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    Gary E. Rodrick

    1981-09-01

    Full Text Available The specific activities of acid phosphatase, alkaline phosphatase, ?-glucuronidase, lysozymes, glutamate-oxalacetate transaminase and glutamate-pyruvate transaminate were determined in the head-foot and digestive gland of Brazilian Biomphalaria glabrata (Touros, B. tenagophila (Caçapava and B. straminea (Monsenhor Gil. All six enzymes were detected inthe 3000g supernatant. Both cytoplasmic enzymes, glutamate-oxalacetate and glutamate-pyruvate transaminase exhibited the highest specific activities. In the case of the four hydrolytic enzymes assayed, ?-glucuronidase exhibited the highest specific activity while lysozyme showed the lowest activity. All six enzymes are thought to be produced by cells within the head-foot and digestive gland of B. glabrata, B. tenagophila and B. straminea.Foram determinadas, na massa cefalopedal e na glândula digestiva de Biomphalaria glabrata de Touros (Rio Grande do Norte B. tenagophila de Cacapava (Sao Paulo e B. straminea de Monsenhor Gil (Piauí, as atividades específicas das seguintes enzimas: fosfatase acida, fosfatase alcalina, beta-glucuronidase, lisozima, transaminase glutâmico-oxalacetica e transaminase glutâmico-piruvica. As seis enzimas referidas foram detectadas no sobrenadante a 3000g. Ambas as enzimas citoplasmaticas - transaminases glutamico-oxalacetica e glutamico-piruvica - mostraram as atividades específicas mais altas. No caso das quatro enzimas hidrolíticas, a beta-glucuronidase revelou a mais alta atividade específica, enquanto a lisozima revelou a mais baixa. E admitido que todas as seis enzimas sao produzidas por celulas presentes na massa cefalopedal e na glândula digestiva das tres especies de moluscos examinadas.

  2. A molecular method to detect and identify the native species of southwestern Atlantic Crassostrea (Mollusca: Ostreidae)

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    Sandra, Ludwig; Raquel, Patella; Sérgio, Stoiev; Gisela, Castilho-Westphal; Marcus V. F, Girotto; Antonio, Ostrensky.

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    Full Text Available Among oysters, species of Crassostrea (Sacco, 1897) are the most attractive to aquaculture. In Brazil, the genus is represented by C. rhizophorae (Guilding, 1828) and C. brasiliana (Lamarck, 1819). Because the maturation and breeding technology is not well developed for these species, aquaculturists [...] need a reliable method to decide the correct time to place spat collectors in the field, and to identify both species, which are morphologically similar. In this study a specific Multiplex PCR protocol was developed, using one pair of universal primers from 18S rDNA as a positive control and a pair of specific primers for each target species. The sensitivity and specificity of the protocol was evaluated. It detected C. rhizophorae DNA in low concentrations, and C. brasiliana DNA in even lower concentrations. Further, the Multiplex PCR proved efficient in detecting DNA in concentrations equivalent to that of a single larva of each species, either separated or combined, when mixed with total DNA extract of a plankton sample representing 1000 L of filtered water. Field tests confirmed the applicability of the protocol, which holds the promise to become an important tool for aquaculture or conservation programs, allowing for the continuous monitoring of the life cycle of C. brasiliana and C. rhizophorae, by detecting the right periods of larval release and settlement.

  3. Nonhemocyte sources of selected lysosomal enzymes in Biomphalaria glabrata, B. tenagophila and B. straminea (Mollusca: Pulmonata)

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    Gary E., Rodrick; W., Monteiro; W. A., Sodeman Júnior.

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    Full Text Available Foram determinadas, na massa cefalopedal e na glândula digestiva de Biomphalaria glabrata de Touros (Rio Grande do Norte) B. tenagophila de Cacapava (Sao Paulo) e B. straminea de Monsenhor Gil (Piauí), as atividades específicas das seguintes enzimas: fosfatase acida, fosfatase alcalina, beta-glucuro [...] nidase, lisozima, transaminase glutâmico-oxalacetica e transaminase glutâmico-piruvica. As seis enzimas referidas foram detectadas no sobrenadante a 3000g. Ambas as enzimas citoplasmaticas - transaminases glutamico-oxalacetica e glutamico-piruvica - mostraram as atividades específicas mais altas. No caso das quatro enzimas hidrolíticas, a beta-glucuronidase revelou a mais alta atividade específica, enquanto a lisozima revelou a mais baixa. E admitido que todas as seis enzimas sao produzidas por celulas presentes na massa cefalopedal e na glândula digestiva das tres especies de moluscos examinadas. Abstract in english The specific activities of acid phosphatase, alkaline phosphatase, ?-glucuronidase, lysozymes, glutamate-oxalacetate transaminase and glutamate-pyruvate transaminate were determined in the head-foot and digestive gland of Brazilian Biomphalaria glabrata (Touros), B. tenagophila (Caçapava) and B. str [...] aminea (Monsenhor Gil). All six enzymes were detected inthe 3000g supernatant. Both cytoplasmic enzymes, glutamate-oxalacetate and glutamate-pyruvate transaminase exhibited the highest specific activities. In the case of the four hydrolytic enzymes assayed, ?-glucuronidase exhibited the highest specific activity while lysozyme showed the lowest activity. All six enzymes are thought to be produced by cells within the head-foot and digestive gland of B. glabrata, B. tenagophila and B. straminea.

  4. Mixed populations of Bulinus senegalensis (Muller) and Bulinus forskali (Ehrenburg) (Mollusca: Planorbidae) in The Gambia.

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    Goll, P H

    1981-01-01

    A brief survey of alluvial pools and irrigated ricefields in The Gambia shows that the distribution of Bulinus senegalensis is not confined to laterite pools and is similar to that in neighbouring Senegal. B. senegalensis was found in every site at least once, alone or with B. forskali. The proportion of the two species varies during the season and from year to year. It is no longer necessary to consider B. forskali as a natural host of S. haematobium. PMID:7324134

  5. High accumulation of cobalt-60 by the particular organ or part of some species in mollusca

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    A large amounts of samples in marine Cephalopoda and Tridacna were sampled in north west pacific ocean, near Japan. The samples were separated into organs or parts for determination of Co-60 concentration. A peculiar accumulation of Co-60 by the branchial heart of Octopus was also recognized in field condition, but it had become apparent that branchial heart of squid had not same ability. Liver of Cephalopoda had the ability to highly accumulate the Co-60 and specific activity of squid was one order highter than Octopus. The concentration of Cobalt-60 in visceral muss kidney of Tridacna maxima lineally increased with increasing shell length but that in other soft parts was kept constant. After examination of the other papers it was assumed that Co-60 highly accumulated in these organs was transfered by the food chain. (author)

  6. Toxicological aspects associated with the ecology of Donax trunculus (Bivalvia, Mollusca) in a polluted environment

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    This study provides data on the ecology and toxicology observed in the population of Donax trunculus, a sand dwelling mussel, in the shallow subtidal of Haifa Bay (Mediterranean Sea, Israel). The studied population of the mussel forms a dominant fraction in a community of sand-dwelling molluscs in a zone located 5-25 m from the shoreline, and at depths of 20-120 cm, numbering up to 2000 per m2. Samples of the mussel were collected from three sites, located within 9 km of shore in Haifa Bay. These included a clean site (Akko), a site polluted by a chemical PVC-polymer industry (Frutarom), and a site polluted with oil and waste from the petrochemical industry (Qiryat Yam). Metal analysis indicated site-dependent variations in levels of cadmium, lead, copper and mercury in the mussel soft tissues. Copper levels were similar in the bivalves collected from all the sites. Levels of mercury were significantly higher in specimens from the PVC-polluted site (Frutarom) while levels of cadmium were higher in Akko and Qiryat Yam compared to Frutarom. Lead residues were found only in Donax from Akko. The residual contents of mercury, copper and cadmium were relatively high in the young and noticeably low in Donax of medium body size. The main site of deposition of metals was in the soft tissues of the bivalve, but bioaccumulation of metals was also found in the shells. A marked increase in permeability of gills and mantle to the fluorescent anionic dye-fluorescein (FLU) fluorescent anionic dye-fluorescein (FLU) was detected in Donax from Qiryat Yam and especially Frutarom, compared to the bivalves sampled from Akko. Multiple foci of enhanced permeability (multiple fluorescent spots) were detected in all the individuals sampled from Frutarom but none in the bivalve samples from Akko. Lysosomal accumulation of the metachromatic fluorescent cationic probe, acridine orange - (AO), was significantly decreased in the tissues of D. trunculus from polluted sites, especially polluted by the PVC factory. This decrease correlated with lysosomal enlargement and the formation of secondary lysosomes. D. trunculus appears to possess the most effective biochemical and physiological defense mechanisms enabling it to survive in habitats of polluted shallow waters, where other sand dwelling mollusc species were absent or found only in waters deeper then 2.5 m. (Copyright (c) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  7. Wood-Boring Bivalves (Mollusca: Teredinidae, Pholadidae) of Pacific coast of Colombia

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    Twelve species of wood-boring bivalves, ten of the family Teredinidae and two of family Pholadidae were collected in mangroves at 6 locations of the Pacific coast of Colombia. This paper presents a brief escription of these species, including size, ecological notes and geographical distribution.

  8. Introduction and spreading of Biomphalaria straminea (Dunker, 1848) (Mollusca: Pulmonata: Planorbidae) in Guadeloupe, French West Indies

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    J. P., Pointier; W. Lobato, Paraense; V., Mazille.

    1993-09-01

    Full Text Available The finding in 1985 of a well-established population of Biomphalaria straminea in a pond in Grande Terre of Guadeloupe constitutes a new species record for the freshwater molluscan fauna of that island. The following years a rapid extension of the species was documented on Grande Terre and Marie Gal [...] ante. However, it was never found in the neighboring island of Basse Terre. The invasion of the whole hydrographic system of this island by Melanoides tuberculata during the last decade and the current presence of well-established and dense populations of this snail may explain the failure of the colonization by B. straminea.

  9. Melanoides tuberculata (Mollusca: Thiaridae) harboring renicolid cercariae (Trematoda: Renicolidae) in Brazil.

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    Pinto, H A; Melo, A L

    2012-08-01

    Melanoides tuberculata , naturally infected by gymnocephalous cercariae, were found in aquatic collections from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. After morphological characterization, larvae were used for experimental infection of Poecilia reticulata. Metacercariae were obtained from the liver of these fish, which were also found to be naturally infected in the same locality. The morphology and biology of the developmental stages of trematodes we obtained were characteristic of Renicola sp. This is the first record of renicolid cercariae and metacercariae in Brazil. PMID:22288437

  10. Comparative Analysis of Chromosome Counts Infers Three Paleopolyploidies in the Mollusca

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    Hallinan, Nathaniel M.; Lindberg, David R.

    2011-01-01

    The study of paleopolyploidies requires the comparison of multiple whole genome sequences. If the branches of a phylogeny on which a whole-genome duplication (WGD) occurred could be identified before genome sequencing, taxa could be selected that provided a better assessment of that genome duplication. Here, we describe a likelihood model in which the number of chromosomes in a genome evolves according to a Markov process with one rate of chromosome duplication and loss that is proportional t...

  11. Body condition and gametogenic cycle of Galatea paradoxa (Mollusca: Bivalvia) in the Volta River estuary, Ghana

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    Adjei-Boateng, D.; Wilson, J. G.

    2013-11-01

    The reproductive cycle of Galatea paradoxa which is the basis for an artisanal fishery in the Volta River estuary, Ghana, was studied using condition indices and histological methods from March 2008 to July 2009. The cycle is annual with a single spawning event between June and October. Gametogenesis starts in November progressing steadily to a peak in June-July when spawning begins until October when the animal is spent. The condition indices (shell-free wet weight/total wet weight, ash-free dry weight/shell weight and gonad wet weight/shell weight) showed a clear relationship with the gametogenic stage rising from a minimum at stage (I) start of gametogenesis, to their highest values at stages (IIIA) ripe and (IIIB) start of spawning before declining significantly to stage (IV) spent.It is suggested that condition index may prove a valuable technique in fishery management to recognise the reproductive stages of G. paradoxa as it is less expensive and time consuming than histological techniques in addition to being easier to teach to non-specialists. The data presented in this study provide information on the timing of spawning events for G. paradoxa, which is necessary for developing sustainable management strategies and selection of broodstock for aquaculture.

  12. Ueber die formveraenderungen des golgiapparates waehrend der spermiogenese von Australorbis glabratus olivaceus: (Mollusca, Pulmonata, Planorbidae)

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    Rudolf, Barth; Geth, Jansen.

    1961-04-01

    Full Text Available Na primeira parte do presente trabalho, descreve-se a citogênese e histogênese dos espérmios de Australorbis glabratus olivaceus, enquanto na segunda parte são estudadas as modificações do aparelho de Golgi. Foram aplicados os seguintes métodos: contraste de fases, campo escuro e semiescuro; coloraç [...] ões vitais por verde de Janus e vermelho-neutro; colorações histológicas com hematoxilina férrica depois de fixação por ácido ósmico, e com o método "Azan" segundo Heidenhain com coloração suplementar por verde de luz depois de fixação com sublimado (Susa de Heidenhain), a fim de provar hsitològicamente a presença da substância cromófoba. Até a formação do espermídeo, a citogênese não mostra fatos especiais, pois enquadra-se bem no esquema geral da espermiogênese dos moluscos, já descrita por numerosos autores. Na histogênese, porém, observamos alguns pontos interessantes que se distanciam, consideràvelmente, dos fatos conhecidos e descritos em outros moluscos. Em virtude da eliminação de líquido nuclear, como conseqüência da condensação da cromatina, a membrana nuclear do espermídeo forma sôbra a superfície do núcleo uma dobra em forma de espiral, com mais de dois giros. O centríolo proximal é duplo, uma parte forma um revestimento do pólo basal do núcleo, do qual nasce um filamento que atravessa todo o interior do núcleo, no sentido do seu eixo longitudinal, até chegar ao pólo apical. A segunda parte do centríolo proximal forma o filamento axial e funciona como ponto de inserção dos fios espirais da parte mediana do espérmio. O centríolo distal tem forma de campânula invertida, em cuja borda se inserem os fios espirais e em cujo centro se encontra a implantação do filamento axial. Em direção distal, o centríolo continua em forma de um fio nu que representa a cauda do espérmio. O aparelho de Golgi pode ser acompanhado, continuamente, a partir do espermiogônio primordial até o espermídeo em maturação, sem interrupção pelos estádios de divisões celulares . No espermiócito, êle consta da massa cromófoba e de 12 dictiosomas, justapondo-se nela, bem como de 4 pré-acroblastos. Os 16 concretos separam-se em 16 corpúsculos, dos quais cada pólo do fuso recebe a metade. O pré-espermídeo possui 6 dictiosomas e 2 pré-acroblastos, que se distribuem como 3 dictiosomas e 1 pré-acroblasto sôbre os dois espermídeos. O último transforma-se em acroblasto que se justapõe sôbre o pólo apical do núcleo, formando então o acrosoma.

  13. Redescription of Hiatella meridionalis d'Orbigny, 1846 (Mollusca, Bivalvia, Hiatellidae from Argentina

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    Luiz Ricardo L. Simone

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The redescription of Hiatella meridionalis (d’Orbigny, 1846 is provided as first attempt to improve the systematics of the genus in the regions of Atlantic and western Pacific. This reanalysis is based on specimens collected in the vicinity of the type localities and is based on detailed morphology of samples that some researches consider a single, wide ranging species. From the morphological characters, the more interesting are: a high quantity of papillae at incurrent siphon; the retractor muscles of siphon divided in two bundles; the small size of the palps; the muscular ring in the stomach; and the zigzag fashion of the short intestinal loops. These characters distinguish the species from the other hiatellids so far examined. Type material of the species was examined, by first time illustrated, and the lectotype is designated.A redescrição de Hiatella meridionalis (d’Orbigny, 1846 é realizada como primeiro passo na melhoria da sistemática do gênero das regiões atlântica e pacífica oeste. Esta re-análise é baseada em espécimes coletados nas vizinhanças da localidade tipo e em morfologia detalhada de amostras que alguns pesquisadores consideram pertencer a uma única espécie de ampla distribuição. Dos caracteres anatômicos, os mais interessantes são: uma grande quantidade de papilas no sifão inalante; o músculo retrator dos sifões dividido em duas porções; o tamanho pequeno dos palpos; um anel muscular transversal no estomago; e um padrão em zigzag no curto intestino. Estes caracteres distinguem a espécie dos demais hiatelídeos até então examinados. Os sintipos da espécie foram também examinados e pela primeira vez ilustrados; o lectótipo é designado.

  14. Wood-Boring Bivalves (Mollusca: Teredinidae, Pholadidae) of Pacific coast of Colombia

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    Twelve species of wood-boring bivalves, ten of the family Teredinidae and two of family Pholadidae were collected in mangroves at 6 locations of the Pacific coast of Colombia. This paper presents a brief description of these species, including size, ecological notes and geographical distribution.

  15. ACUTE TOXICITY OF MERCURY TO EMBRYOS OF Helisoma trivolvis (SAY, 1817 (MOLLUSCA: PLANORBIDAE

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    Passuni, G.

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Mercury is a metal very employed at industry and mining in Peru. The aim of current research was to determine embryotoxic lethal acute toxicity of Hg2+, in form of chloride of mercury (HgCl on 2 Helisoma trivolvis (Say, 1817 at 24 h exposure. Concentrations assayed were 514, 51.4, 5.14 and 0.51 ug Hg2+ L-1, since salt on base of HgCl using dechlorined water as diluents. Snail embryos 2 were considered dead when none rotation movement during since 30 seconds. Percentage of mortality of embryonic stages of H. trivolvis increased with each of concentrations crescents of Hg2+ at 24 h exposure. At a concentration of 514.4 ug Hg2+ L-1 was observed significantly differences in relation to control. Moreover, concentration of 514.4 ug Hg2+ L-1 showed differences with relation to other three treatments. LC was 2.49 ug Hg2+ L-1. Embryos of H. trivolvis were 50 higher sensible to Hg2+ in comparison to other freshwater snail species was concluded.

  16. Nonhemocyte sources of selected lysosomal enzymes in Biomphalaria glabrata, B. tenagophila and B. straminea (Mollusca: Pulmonata)

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    Rodrick, Gary E.; Monteiro, W.; Sodeman Ju?nior, W. A.

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    The specific activities of acid phosphatase, alkaline phosphatase, ?-glucuronidase, lysozymes, glutamate-oxalacetate transaminase and glutamate-pyruvate transaminate were determined in the head-foot and digestive gland of Brazilian Biomphalaria glabrata (Touros), B. tenagophila (Caçapava) and B. straminea (Monsenhor Gil). All six enzymes were detected inthe 3000g supernatant. Both cytoplasmic enzymes, glutamate-oxalacetate and glutamate-pyruvate transaminase exhibited the highest specif...

  17. Members of the genus Pisidium C. Pfeiffer (Mollusca: Bivalvia) of the Czech Republic

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    Currently, thirteen species assigned to the genus Pisidium are known from the territory of the Czech Republic. This paper contains a new key to them with original figures of definitive characteristics. The key is supplemented with species descriptions and notes on their ecology and distribution in the Czech Republic. Differences between conchologically similar species and possibilities of misidentification with juvenile specimens of the genera Sphaerium and Musculium are commented on as well. (authors)

  18. Seasonal Impact On Nutriotnal Content In Marine Mollusca From Mid Coast Of Ratnagiri District.

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    Full Text Available Seasonal variations play an important role in nutritional content (protein, glycogen and lipid in mollusc. Environmental factors like temperature, salinity changes as change in seasons which affects on consumption and availability of molluscan food. Besides this, their various physiological processes are concerned respective to season like reproduction. Heavy rainfall is one of the responsible factor for nutritional content in mollusc. Variation in protein, glycogen and lipid with spawning in marine gastropod molluscs. Giese (1969 had emphasized that mollusc lack discrete nutrition storage depots such as the vertebrate liver, the subdermal and mental adipose tissue of mammals and lipid of lower invertebrate. Therefore nutrients storage occurs primarily through production of new cellular elements, seasonal shifts in protein, lipid and glycogen level are merely reflections of their relative rates of synthesis and degradation.

  19. Biología reproductiva del pulpo Octupus mimus (Mollusca: Cephalopoda de la región de Matarani, Arequipa, Perú

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    Full Text Available De mayo de 1995 a abril de 1996, se realizaron al azar muestreos mensuales de 25 ejemplares de Octopus mimus de los desembarques del puerto de Matarani, Arequipa (16° 59'40"S y 72° 06'13"W. Son animales gonocóricos, presentan dimorfismo sexual, y los machos tienen el brazo ectocotilizado o copulador. La proporción de sexos fue de 2,1:1,0 a favor de los machos; se determinaron ocho estadios de desarrollo de los ovocitos, durante la ovogénesis. De acuerdo a su comportamiento reproductivo, se estableció la siguiente escala de madurez gonadal: a indiferenciado, b inmaduro, c inicio de maduración, d en desarrollo, e maduros, fl cópula, g postcópula, autofecundación y evacuación, h postevacuación. Las hembras maduras se encontraron preferentemente, en la primavera y verano; los machos maduros a fines de la primavera y en el verano; la cópula se realizó preferentemente durante el verano; la autofecundación y evacuación de los huevos, se evidenciaron en agosto (50%, octubre 50%, noviembre (71,4%, diciembre (33% y enero (33%. La primera madurez en los machos se encontró a los 9,5 cm y en las hembras a los 12,5 cm de la longitud dorsal del cuerpo. Se observó algunas hembras con ovocitos maduros en lisis y con inicio de ovogénesis avanzada de un nuevo ciclo, que evidencia que no todas las hembras mueren después de cuidar los huevos hasta el final de la eclosión.

  20. Distribution of Lymnaeidae (Mollusca: Pulmonata), intermediate snail hosts of Fasciola hepatica in Venezuela

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    JP, Pointier; O, Noya; B, Alarcón de Noya; A, Théron.

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available An extensive malacological survey was carried out between 2005-2009 in order to clarify the exact number of lymnaeid species which may be intermediate hosts of Fasciola hepatica in Venezuela. Four species were discovered during this survey, including two local species: Lymnaea cubensis and Lymnaea c [...] ousini and two exotic species: Lymnaea truncatula and Lymnaea columella. The most common local species was L. cubensis which was found at 16 out of the 298 sampling sites. This species has a large distribution area throughout the Northern part of Venezuela and was encountered from sea level to an altitude of 1,802 m in state of Trujillo. The second local species L. cousini was collected at only two sites of the Andean Region at altitudes of 3,550 m and 4,040 m, respectively. The European L. truncatula was found at 24 sites all located in the states of Mérida and Táchira at an altitude varying between 1,540-4,000 m. The respective distribution areas of L. cubensis and L. truncatula do not appear to overlap, but more detailed malacological surveys are needed. The fourth lymnaeid species, L. columella was collected in a canal from Mérida at an altitude of 1,929 m and in an irrigation canal from the state of Guárico, at an altitude of 63 m. The role of these four lymnaeid species in the transmission of fascioliasis in Venezuela is discussed.

  1. Organization pattern of nacre in Pteriidae (Bivalvia: Mollusca) explained by crystal competition

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    Checa, Antonio G.; Okamoto, Takashi; Rami?rez, Joaqui?n

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    Bivalve nacre is a brick-wall-patterned biocomposite of aragonite platelets surrounded by organic matter. SEM–electron back scatter diffraction analysis of nacre of the bivalve family Pteriidae reveals that early aragonite crystals grow with their c-axes oriented perpendicular to the growth surface but have their a- and b-axes disoriented. With the accumulation of successive lamellae, crystals progressively orient themselves with their b-axes mutually parallel and towards the growth directi...

  2. A molecular method to detect and identify the native species of southwestern Atlantic Crassostrea (Mollusca: Ostreidae

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    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Among oysters, species of Crassostrea (Sacco, 1897 are the most attractive to aquaculture. In Brazil, the genus is represented by C. rhizophorae (Guilding, 1828 and C. brasiliana (Lamarck, 1819. Because the maturation and breeding technology is not well developed for these species, aquaculturists need a reliable method to decide the correct time to place spat collectors in the field, and to identify both species, which are morphologically similar. In this study a specific Multiplex PCR protocol was developed, using one pair of universal primers from 18S rDNA as a positive control and a pair of specific primers for each target species. The sensitivity and specificity of the protocol was evaluated. It detected C. rhizophorae DNA in low concentrations, and C. brasiliana DNA in even lower concentrations. Further, the Multiplex PCR proved efficient in detecting DNA in concentrations equivalent to that of a single larva of each species, either separated or combined, when mixed with total DNA extract of a plankton sample representing 1000 L of filtered water. Field tests confirmed the applicability of the protocol, which holds the promise to become an important tool for aquaculture or conservation programs, allowing for the continuous monitoring of the life cycle of C. brasiliana and C. rhizophorae, by detecting the right periods of larval release and settlement.

  3. The influence of thymol+DMSO on survival, growth and reproduction of Bradybaena similaris (Mollusca: Bradybaenidae)

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    Paula Ferreira; Soares, Geraldo L. G.; A?vila, Sthefane D.; Almeida Bessa, Elisabeth C.

    2011-01-01

    Bradybaena similaris (Férussac, 1821), commonly known as the Asian trampsnail, is a terrestrial snail native to Asia, introduced in other regions of the world. In Brazil, populations of this land snail are distributed from the state of Amapá in the North to Rio Grande do Sul in the South. This species acts as an intermediate host for parasites and is a difficult-to-control agricultural pest as well, causing great losses to crops and ornamental plant cultivation. This land snail is easily re...

  4. The influence of thymol+DMSO on survival, growth and reproduction of Bradybaena similaris (Mollusca: Bradybaenidae

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    Paula Ferreira

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Bradybaena similaris (Férussac, 1821, commonly known as the Asian trampsnail, is a terrestrial snail native to Asia, introduced in other regions of the world. In Brazil, populations of this land snail are distributed from the state of Amapá in the North to Rio Grande do Sul in the South. This species acts as an intermediate host for parasites and is a difficult-to-control agricultural pest as well, causing great losses to crops and ornamental plant cultivation. This land snail is easily reared in the laboratory and has been successfully used as a biological model in studies that aim at verifying molluscicidal effects of plant extracts. Several studies have demonstrated that B. similaris, like many other species of land and freshwater snails, is physiologically adapted to survival over transitory unfavorable environmental conditions. Moreover, this species seems to have a life history strategy characterized by a short life span and a maximal opportunistic reproductive effort during transient favorable periods. Such biological features may potentially lead to the inefficacy of control attempts and, simultaneously, make this species able to repopulate sites previously treated with biocides. For this reason, studies that aim at verifying the effect of molluscicides on the reproduction, growth and survival of molluscs are greatly required. Molluscicides of plant origin may represent a safe and effective way of controlling these animals. Thymol is a substance of plant origin which has bactericidal, fungicidal and anti-inflammatory properties and has been presented as a promissory biocide of mollusc species. The aim of this work was to assess the molluscicidal property of thymol in combination with DMSO against eggs and adults of B. similaris. During 120 days, we evaluated the effect of thymol+DMSO at different concentrations (2.5 g/L and 5 g/L on the hatching success, hatchling survival, growth and reproduction of B. similaris under laboratory conditions. We tested thymol+DMSO on 160 eggs, 160 10-day-old and 160 30-day-old juveniles. The results showed that thymol+DMSO (5 g/L and 2.5 g/L affected hatching success, acting as an ovicide. The tests with 10-day-old juveniles showed that thymol+DMSO at 2.5 g/L and 5 g/L caused 90 and 100% of mortality, respectively. For the 30-day-old juveniles, thymol+DMSO caused 87.5% of mortality at 5 g/L, and 75% at 2.5 g/L. With regard to growth, the results were not significant. The 10-day-old individuals treated with thymol+DMSO showed only one reproductive event during the 120 days of the experiment. Thymol+DMSO showed molluscicidal and residual activity, which makes evident its potential for controlling snails, and consequently, snail-borne diseases.

  5. Biomphalaria occidentalis sp.n. from South America (Mollusca basommatophora pulmonata)

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    W. Lobato, Paraense.

    1981-06-01

    Full Text Available É descrita uma nova espécie de molusco planorbídeo sul-americano, Biomphalaria occidentalis, indistinguível da b. tenagophila (Orbigny, 1835) pelos caracteres da concha e da maioria dos órgãos do sistema genital. Na B. tenagophila existe uma bolsa na parede ventral da vagina (Fig. 4A, vp), ausente n [...] a B. occidentalis (Fig. 3A), e o prepúcio é muito mais grosso que a bainha do pênis, aumentando de largura na direção distal (Fig.4, ps, pp), ao passo que na B. occidentalis o prepúcio é mais grosso que a bainha do pênis porém seu diâmetro pouco se altera em toda sua extensão (Fig.3, ps, pp). As duas espécies são biologicamente separadas por isolamento reprodutivo absoluto. A Fig. 14 mostra a distribuição geográfica da B. occidentalis, que até agora foi encontrada nos Estados brasileiros do Acre, Amazonas (?), Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul e Paraná, e no Paraguai. Sua localidade-tipo é Campo Grande, Estado de Mato Grosso do Sul, onde foi coletada em vários biótopos relacionados e afluentes do rio Aquidauana, principalemente nos córregos Prosa e Ceroula. Foram depositados exemplares nas seguintes coleç~eos malacológicas: Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro; Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia; Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan; British Museum (Natural History). Abstract in english A new species of South American planorbid snail, Biomphalaria occidentalis, is described. It is indistinguishable from B. tenagophila (Orbigny, 1835), by the characteristics of the shell and of most organs of the genital system. In B. tenagophila there is a pouch on the ventral wall of the vagina (F [...] ig. 4A, vp), absent in B. occidentalis (Fig. 3A), and on the ventral wall of the vagina (Fig. 4A, vp), absent in B. occidentalis (Fig. 3A), and the prepuce is much wider than the penial sheath, its width increasing distalward (Fig. 4, ps,pp), whereas in B. occidentalis the prepuce is wider than the penial sheath but keeps about the same width all along (Fig.3, ps, pp). The two species are biologically separate by absolute reproductive isolation. The geographical distribution of B. occidentalis is shown in Fig. 14. So far it has been found in the Brazilian states of Acre, Amazonas (?), Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul and Paraná, and in Paraguay. Its type-locality is Campo Grande, state of Mato Grosso do sul, where it was collected from several biotopes related to affluents of the Aquiduana river, chiefly Córrego Prosa and Córrego Ceroula. Specimens were deposited in the following malacological collections: Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro; Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia; Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan; and British Museum (Natural History).

  6. Vestigial phragmocone in the gladius points to a deepwater origin of squid (Mollusca: Cephalopoda)

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    Arkhipkin, Alexander I.; Bizikov, Vyacheslav A.; Fuchs, Dirk

    2012-03-01

    The microstructure of the gladius cone was investigated in six species of nektonic squid: shallow-water Loligo gahi (Loliginidae), pelagic eurybathic Illex argentinus, Todarodes pacificus, Dosidicus gigas (Ommastrephidae), and deepwater Onykia ingens (Onychoteuthidae) and Gonatus antarcticus (Gonatidae) using state-of-the-art microscopy. Apart from L. gahi, all other species had septa-like layers in the gladius cone, which for the first time were investigated in detail and compared with those in extinct Cretaceous belemnites Hibolithes sp. and Pachyteuthis sp., and spirulid Cyrtobelus sp. It was found that the organic layers of the gladius cone in recent squid can be homologized with the organic components of the shell in fossil phragmocone-bearing coleoids. The septa-like layers in modern gladius cones therefore represent a vestigial phragmocone composed of organic septal rudiments of the ancestral phragmocone that has lost the siphuncle and gas-filled chambers. The well-developed rostrum in onychoteuthids and small rostrum of the gladius in ommastrephids and gonatids can be seen as homologous with the belemnoid rostrum, which may indicate a close phylogenetic relationship between belemnites and at least some squid. Possible evolutionary pathways of the reduction of the functional phragmocone in squid ancestors are discussed. Several features such as the loss of shell calcification, deep water speciation, and the structure of the equilibrium organ point to a deep-water origin of squids.

  7. Avaliação da comunidade de macroinvertebrados aquáticos como ferramenta para o monitoramento de um reservatório na bacia do rio Pitangui, Paraná, Brasil / Evaluation of the aquatic macroinvertebrate community as a tool for monitoring a reservoir in the Pitangui river basin, Paraná, Brazil

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    Ivana F, Barbola; Marcos F. P. G, Moraes; Tathiane M, Anazawa; Elynton A, Nascimento; Everton R, Sepka; Cleber M, Polegatto; Julianne, Milléo; Guilherme S, Schühli.

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Os macroinvertebrados bentônicos e nectônicos representam elementos importantes na estrutura e funcionamento dos ecossistemas aquáticos e sua distribuição é influenciada pela natureza química do substrato, composição da vegetação e profundidade da lâmina d'água. O conhecimento desta fauna contribui [...] para a avaliação da qualidade da água e a elaboração de ações visando à conservação da biodiversidade. No presente estudo foram avaliadas diferentes medidas bióticas da comunidade de invertebrados da represa de Alagados, importante manancial da cidade de Ponta Grossa, no Paraná. Em cinco diferentes pontos de amostragem, foram coletados 18.473 exemplares de macroinvertebrados aquáticos ou semi-aquáticos, pertencentes a 46 táxons dos filos Annelida (Hirudinea e Oligochaeta), Mollusca (Gastropoda), Platyhelminthes (Turbellaria), Nematoda e Arthropoda (Arachnida, Crustacea e Insecta). Esta comunidade foi constituída predominantemente por organismos predadores (45,7% dos táxons amostrados), seguidos de coletores e/ou filtradores (23,9%); raspadores (15,2%), fragmentadores (13%) e detritívoros (2,2%). De modo geral, os índices de diversidade (H') e equitabilidade (J) foram significativamente baixos para os cinco locais investigados, com H' variando de 0,3301 a 1,0396. Quanto à tolerância dos organismos à poluição orgânica, alguns táxons mais sensíveis foram muito raros (Plecoptera) ou em baixa frequência (Trichoptera e Ephemeroptera). Entre os grupos mais resistentes a ambientes poluídos estão os Chironomidae e os Hirudinea, ambos bastante comuns nas amostras de Alagados. Este estudo reforça a importância da análise de bioindicadores na avaliação da qualidade de água para consumo humano e também para a conservação de ecossistemas, considerando que um programa de monitoramento ambiental deve integrar medidas físicas, químicas e biológicas. Abstract in english Benthic and nektonic macroinvertebrates play an important role in the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems and their distribution is influenced by chemical features of the substrate, vegetation composition, and water depth. Knowledge on the fauna contributes to the assessment of water qualit [...] y and development of biodiversity conservation activities. Different biotic factors affecting the invertebrate community were evaluated in the Alagados reservoir, the main water source of the city of Ponta Grossa, Paraná. In five different sampling points, 18,473 specimens of aquatic or semiaquatic macroinvertebrates were collected, belonging to 46 taxa of the phylla Annelida (Hirudinea and Oligochaeta), Mollusca (Gastropoda), Platyhelminthes (Turbellaria), Nematoda and Arthropoda (Arachnida, Crustacea and Insecta). This community was composed mainly of predators (45.7% of the taxa sampled), collectors and/or filterers (23.9%), scrapers (15.2%), shredders (13.0%) and detritivores (2.2%). Diversity (H') and evenness (J) indices were significantly low for the sites examined, and H' ranged between 0.3301 and 1.0396. Regarding tolerance of organisms to organic pollution, more sensitive taxa were very rare (Plecoptera) or unusual (Trichoptera and Ephemeroptera). Among the more resistant groups are Chironomidae and Hirudinea, both fairly common in the samples. This study corroborates the importance of bioindicators as a tool to assess water quality for human consumption and for the conservation of aquatic environments, integrating physical, chemical and biological factors in monitoring programs.

  8. Biodiversidad de moluscos terrestres en México / Biodiversity of terrestrial mollusks in Mexico

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    Edna, Naranjo-García.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Los Mollusca terrestres pertenecen exclusivamente a la clase Gastropoda. Son muy diversos en formas, tamaños (1 a 200-300 mm), hábitos, ambientes (por clima y vegetación), ciclos de vida y en la edad que alcanzan. Prosobranchia, con pocos representantes; los Pulmonata son los exitosos. Son presas o [...] depredadores. Hacia el final del siglo XIX e inicios del XX obras colosales conjuntaron la diversidad conocida entonces. Reconocemos 8 familias en Prosobranchia y 39 en Pulmonata, con 5 familias agregadas recientemente: Cerionidae, Eucalodiidae, Holospiridae, Epirobiidae y Echinichidae. El endemismo alcanza 62% en las familias pequeñas; las 1 184 especies terrestres mexicanas representan el 3.4% del total mundial y por hallarse habrá 2 200 más. Los patrones poblacionales de las familias Holospiridae y Epirobiidae están bien definidos pues se rigen por el tipo de suelo con caliza y/o dolomita. Los moluscos terrestres americanos son solitarios; empero, florecen poblaciones abundantes (Xerarionta, Praticolella, Humboldtiana). Bajo explotación local como alimento está Lysinoe ghiesbreghti. Nueve familias son las más diversas: Spiraxidae, Orthalicidae, Holospiridae, Helicinidae, Eucalodiidae, Helminthoglyptidae, Vertiginidae (= Pupillidae), Polygyridae y Humboldtianidae. La riqueza por estados es desigual, la de Veracruz es más conocida, mientras Aguascalientes y Tlaxcala carecen de registros. Entre 1891-1895 y 1926-1930 se describió un alto número de especies. En el grupo hacen falta estudios sobre los ciclos de vida, conducta y ecología. Abstract in english The land Mollusca are exclusively from the class Gastropoda. They are diverse in shapes, sizes (1 to 200-300 mm), habits, environments (by climate and vegetation), life cycles and life spans. Prosobranchia has the least number of species, Pulmonata is the richest. They are either preys or predators. [...] Towards the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century comprehensive works compiled the known diversity. We recognize 8 families in Prosobranchia, and 39 in Pulmonata, with 5 families: Cerionidae, Eucalodiidae, Holospiridae, Epirobiidae, Echinichidae, recently added. Endemism among the lesser families attains 62%; the 1 184 known Mexican terrestrial species represent 3.4% of the global molluscan diversity; 2 200 additional species are estimated yet to be found. The population patterns of the families Holospiridae and Epirobiidae are well established since they are defined by the presence of calcite and /or dolomite in the soil. Land American mollusks are solitary; however, some develop abundant populations (Xerarionta, Praticolella, Humboldtiana). Lysinoe ghiesbreghti is utilized locally for food consumption. Nine families are the most diverse: Spiraxidae, Orthalicidae, Holospiridae, Helicinidae, Eucalodiidae, Helminthoglyptidae, Vertiginidae, Polygyridae and Humboldtianidae. Richness per state is unequal; Veracruz is the best known, whereas Aguascalientes and Tlaxcala possess no records. Between the years 1891-1895 and 1926-1930, a great number of species were described. Studies on life cycles, behavior and ecology are still needed in the group.

  9. Avaliação da comunidade de macroinvertebrados aquáticos como ferramenta para o monitoramento de um reservatório na bacia do rio Pitangui, Paraná, Brasil Evaluation of the aquatic macroinvertebrate community as a tool for monitoring a reservoir in the Pitangui river basin, Paraná, Brazil

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    Ivana F Barbola

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Os macroinvertebrados bentônicos e nectônicos representam elementos importantes na estrutura e funcionamento dos ecossistemas aquáticos e sua distribuição é influenciada pela natureza química do substrato, composição da vegetação e profundidade da lâmina d'água. O conhecimento desta fauna contribui para a avaliação da qualidade da água e a elaboração de ações visando à conservação da biodiversidade. No presente estudo foram avaliadas diferentes medidas bióticas da comunidade de invertebrados da represa de Alagados, importante manancial da cidade de Ponta Grossa, no Paraná. Em cinco diferentes pontos de amostragem, foram coletados 18.473 exemplares de macroinvertebrados aquáticos ou semi-aquáticos, pertencentes a 46 táxons dos filos Annelida (Hirudinea e Oligochaeta, Mollusca (Gastropoda, Platyhelminthes (Turbellaria, Nematoda e Arthropoda (Arachnida, Crustacea e Insecta. Esta comunidade foi constituída predominantemente por organismos predadores (45,7% dos táxons amostrados, seguidos de coletores e/ou filtradores (23,9%; raspadores (15,2%, fragmentadores (13% e detritívoros (2,2%. De modo geral, os índices de diversidade (H' e equitabilidade (J foram significativamente baixos para os cinco locais investigados, com H' variando de 0,3301 a 1,0396. Quanto à tolerância dos organismos à poluição orgânica, alguns táxons mais sensíveis foram muito raros (Plecoptera ou em baixa frequência (Trichoptera e Ephemeroptera. Entre os grupos mais resistentes a ambientes poluídos estão os Chironomidae e os Hirudinea, ambos bastante comuns nas amostras de Alagados. Este estudo reforça a importância da análise de bioindicadores na avaliação da qualidade de água para consumo humano e também para a conservação de ecossistemas, considerando que um programa de monitoramento ambiental deve integrar medidas físicas, químicas e biológicas.Benthic and nektonic macroinvertebrates play an important role in the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems and their distribution is influenced by chemical features of the substrate, vegetation composition, and water depth. Knowledge on the fauna contributes to the assessment of water quality and development of biodiversity conservation activities. Different biotic factors affecting the invertebrate community were evaluated in the Alagados reservoir, the main water source of the city of Ponta Grossa, Paraná. In five different sampling points, 18,473 specimens of aquatic or semiaquatic macroinvertebrates were collected, belonging to 46 taxa of the phylla Annelida (Hirudinea and Oligochaeta, Mollusca (Gastropoda, Platyhelminthes (Turbellaria, Nematoda and Arthropoda (Arachnida, Crustacea and Insecta. This community was composed mainly of predators (45.7% of the taxa sampled, collectors and/or filterers (23.9%, scrapers (15.2%, shredders (13.0% and detritivores (2.2%. Diversity (H' and evenness (J indices were significantly low for the sites examined, and H' ranged between 0.3301 and 1.0396. Regarding tolerance of organisms to organic pollution, more sensitive taxa were very rare (Plecoptera or unusual (Trichoptera and Ephemeroptera. Among the more resistant groups are Chironomidae and Hirudinea, both fairly common in the samples. This study corroborates the importance of bioindicators as a tool to assess water quality for human consumption and for the conservation of aquatic environments, integrating physical, chemical and biological factors in monitoring programs.

  10. TAXOCENOSIS DE MOLUSCOS Y CRUSTÁCEOS EN RAÍCES DE Rhizophora mangle (RHIZOPHORACEAE) EN LA BAHÍA DE CISPATÁ, CÓRDOBA, COLOMBIA / Taxocenosis of mollusks and crustaceans on roots of Rhizophora mangle (Rhizophoraceae) at Cispatá Bay, Córdoba, Colombia

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    JORGE ALEXANDER, QUIRÓS R; JORGE ENRIQUE, ARIAS R.

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available A pesar del conocimiento existente sobre la ecología de los manglares en la bahía de Cispatá, pocos estudios han sido enfocados en la asociación de invertebrados en las raíces del mangle rojo, por lo que entre diciembre 2010 y septiembre 2011, se caracterizó la taxocenosis de moluscos y