Recent Research from Australian Museum Highlight Findings in Zoology [Genetics and shell morphometrics of assimineids (Mollusca, Caenogastropoda, Truncatelloidea) in the St Lucia Estuary, South Africa]
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Researchers detail new data in Life Science Research. According to news originating from Sydney, Australia, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "The Assimineidae are a family of amphibious microgastropods that can be mostly found in estuaries and mangroves in South Africa. These snails often occur in great numbers and are ecologically important to the St Lucia Estuary, which forms a crucial part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Australian Museum, "Genetic and shell morphometric analyses were conducted on individuals collected from nine localities distributed from the northern lake regions to the southern lake and the mouth of the St Lucia estuarine lake. Mitochondrial (COI) and nuclear (28S) DNA was used to construct Bayesian Inference, Neighbour-joining, Maximum Parsimony and Maximum Likelihood trees. Principal Component Analysis and Cluster Analysis were performed on standard shell parameter data. Results indicate that two different taxa are present in St Lucia. The taxon comprising individuals from the South Lake and St Lucia Estuary Mouth is identified as Assiminea cf. capensis Bartsch, in accordance with the latest taxonomic consensus. The taxon comprising assimineid individuals from False Bay, North Lake and South Lake, is here tentatively named 'A.' aff. capensis (Sowerby). These two taxa exhibit patterns of spatial overlap that appear to vary depending on environmental parameters, particularly salinity."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The need to resolve the complex taxonomy of assimineids is highlighted."
For more information on this research see: Genetics and shell morphometrics of assimineids (Mollusca, Caenogastropoda, Truncatelloidea) in the St Lucia Estuary, South Africa. Zookeys, 2014;(419):73-86. Zookeys can be contacted at: Pensoft Publ, Geo Milev Str 13A, Sofia, 1111, Bulgaria (see also Life Science Research).
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from N.A.F. Miranda, Australian Museum, Malacol Sect, Sydney, NSW 2010, Australia. Additional authors for this research include R. van Rooyen, A. MacDonald, W. Ponder and R. Perissinotto.
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