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BACKGROUND The species boundaries of some venerids are difficult to define based solely on morphological features due to their indistinct intra- and interspecific phenotypic variability. An unprecedented biodiversity crisis caused by human activities has emerged. Thus, to access the biological diversity and further the conservation of this taxonomically(More)
BACKGROUND DNA barcoding has recently been proposed as a promising tool for the rapid species identification in a wide range of animal taxa. Two broad methods (distance and monophyly-based methods) have been used. One method is based on degree of DNA sequence variation within and between species while another method requires the recovery of species as(More)
Coleoids are part of the Cephalopoda class, which occupy an important position in most oceans both at an ecological level and at a commercial level. Nevertheless, some coleoid species are difficult to distinguish with traditional morphological identification in cases when specimens are heavily damaged during collection or when closely related taxa are(More)
DNA barcoding provides an efficient method for species-level identifications. In this study, we have amplified partial sequences of mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase I (COI) gene from 110 specimens of 45 species of Caenogastropoda collected from the coast along China to evaluate whether DNA barcodes can distinguish these species accurately. The average(More)
The maturation of marine phylogeography depends on integration of comparative information across different regions globally. The northwestern Pacific, characterized by unique tectonic setting, however, is still underrepresented. This study seeks to highlight its phylogeographical history based on the available population data, focusing on three seas: the(More)
DNA sequence data enable not only the inference of phylogenetic relationships but also provide an efficient method for species-level identifications under the terms DNA barcoding or DNA taxonomy. In this study, we have sequenced partial sequences of mitochondrial COI and 16S rRNA genes from 63 specimens of 8 species of Pectinidae to assess whether DNA(More)
The veined rapa whelk (Rapana venosa) is a valuable and important fishery resource in China. In order to provide guidelines for fisheries management, the genetics population structure was assessed using 10 polymorphic allozyme loci from seven populations of R. venosa across the species' range on the Chinese coast. The mean allele richness ranged from 1.65(More)
Glycogen content and shell pigmentation are two important economic traits of the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas. The first set of quantitative trait loci (QTLs) controlling the two traits was determined in an F1 full-sib family based on a sex-averaged linkage map. The linkage map was constructed using 120 SSRs, and 66 expressed sequence tag-derived single(More)
The Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas as one of the important commercial bivalves in the world, is native to the coast of East Asia. The wild populations of this species have declined due to natural or anthropogenic factors in recent years. To provide valuable insights into management and conservation of C. gigas we investigated the genetic variation and(More)
Tandem simple sequence repeats (SSRs) are one of the most popular molecular markers in genetic analysis owing to their ubiquitous occurrence,high reproducibility, multiallelic nature, and codominant mode. High mutability makes SSRs play a role in genome evolution and correspondingly show different patterns. Comparative analysis of genomic SSRs in different(More)