Sympatric morphological and genetic differentiation of the pearl oyster Pinctada radiata (Bivalvia: Pterioida) in the northern Persian Gulf

@article{Rajaei2014SympatricMA,
  title={Sympatric morphological and genetic differentiation of the pearl oyster Pinctada radiata (Bivalvia: Pterioida) in the northern Persian Gulf},
  author={Moein Rajaei and Hamid Farahmand and Hadi Poorbagher and Mohammad sedigh Mortazavi and Ahmad Farhadi},
  journal={Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom},
  year={2014},
  volume={95},
  pages={537 - 543}
}
The pearl oyster, Pinctada radiata, shows great variation in shell morphology throughout its distribution. This variation can be related to phenotypic plasticity, genetic variability or a combination of both. Using geometric morphometric and microsatellite DNA analyses, two morphologically distinct populations of the pearl oyster were studied in the northern Persian Gulf, i.e. from the Lavan and Hendourabi Islands. Ten landmarks were selected to define the shape of the left shell. In addition… 

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