Coralliophiline gastropods include a large number of described species grouped in at least 7-10 “genera” according to their shell morphology. They are considered as closely related to Muricidae and ranked as a family on its own or as a subfamily of muricids. Their phylogenetic position and relationships are still not defined. The little anatomical work so far done on this group seems to indicate a relatively high level of homogeneity at least in the alimentary system. There is a need for an independent phylogenetic framework to understand their position and relationship within the muricoideans and their internal systematics and phylogeny. We have addressed this problem by means of parsimony analysis of 609 aligned positions of the sequences coding for the 12S rDNA. Four coralliophilid sequences representing as many commonly recognised lineages (Babelomurex, Latiaxis, Coralliophila, Galeropsis = Quoyula) were analysed along with three sequences of muricoid genera (Stramonita, Phyllonotus, Nucella) representing as many subfamilies of Muricidae plus the sequence of the buccinoidean Fasciolaria as outgroup. Maximum Parsimony and Neighbor-joining analysis of the dataset, with increasing weighing of Tv vs. Ts yielded similar topologies. Two major outcomes resulted from the analyses: a) the coralliophilid sequences included herein are always monophyletic with very high bootstrap support in all analyses: this is in agreement with the few anatomical data so far gathered that coralliophilids are relatively homogeneus; b) the sister-group of the coralliophilids among the analysed sequences is represented by Stramonita with high bootstrap support in all analyses: this is in a good agreement with previous molecular analyses and with the morphological evidences, that Rapaninae are the closest sister-group of coralliophilids. According to the present results the rank of the coralliophilids should be the same as Rapaninae; thus a subfamilial status (Coralliophilinae) seems reasonable for them.
|Titolo:||A molecular framework for the phylogeny of Coralliophila and related muricoids|
OLIVERIO, Marco (Primo) [Membro del Collaboration Group] (Corresponding author)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2001|
|Citazione:||A molecular framework for the phylogeny of Coralliophila and related muricoids / Oliverio, Marco; Mariottini, P.. - In: THE JOURNAL OF MOLLUSCAN STUDIES. - ISSN 0260-1230. - 67(2001), pp. 215-224.|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|