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DNA Barcoding of Marine Mollusks Associated with Corallina officinalis Turfs in Southern Istria (Adriatic Sea)

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Faculty of Natural Sciences, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Zagrebačka 30, 52100 Pula, Croatia
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Center for Marine Research, Ruđer Bošković Institute, G. Paliage 5, 52210 Rovinj, Croatia
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Natural History Museum Rijeka, Lorenzov Prolaz 1, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia
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Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Rooseveltov trg 6, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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Kaplan International College, Moulsecoomb Campus, University of Brighton, Watts Building, Lewes Rd., Brighton BN2 4GJ, UK
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Molecular Biology Division, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Bijenička 54, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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Academic Editor: Gert Wörheide
Diversity 2021, 13(5), 196; https://doi.org/10.3390/d13050196
Received: 1 March 2021 / Revised: 31 March 2021 / Accepted: 29 April 2021 / Published: 30 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Molecular Biodiversity of Marine Invertebrates)
Presence of mollusk assemblages was studied within red coralligenous algae Corallina officinalis L. along the southern Istrian coast. C. officinalis turfs can be considered a biodiversity reservoir, as they shelter numerous invertebrate species. The aim of this study was to identify mollusk species within these settlements using DNA barcoding as a method for detailed identification of mollusks. Nine locations and 18 localities with algal coverage range above 90% were chosen at four research areas. From 54 collected samples of C. officinalis turfs, a total of 46 mollusk species were identified. Molecular methods helped identify 16 gastropod, 14 bivalve and one polyplacophoran species. COI sequences for two bivalve species (Musculus cf. costulatus (Risso, 1826) and Gregariella semigranata (Reeve, 1858)) and seven gastropod species (Megastomia winfriedi Peñas & Rolán, 1999, Eatonina sp. Thiele, 1912, Eatonina cossurae (Calcara, 1841), Crisilla cf. maculata (Monterosato, 1869), Alvania cf. carinata (da Costa, 1778), Vitreolina antiflexa (Monterosato, 1884) and Odostomia plicata (Montagu, 1803)) represent new BINs in BOLD database. This study contributes to new findings related to the high biodiversity of mollusks associated with widespread C. officinalis settlements along the southern coastal area of Istria. View Full-Text
Keywords: mollusks; gastropods; bivalves; Corallina officinalis; molecular identification; DNA barcoding; Adriatic Sea mollusks; gastropods; bivalves; Corallina officinalis; molecular identification; DNA barcoding; Adriatic Sea
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Buršić, M.; Iveša, L.; Jaklin, A.; Arko Pijevac, M.; Kučinić, M.; Štifanić, M.; Neal, L.; Bruvo Mađarić, B. DNA Barcoding of Marine Mollusks Associated with Corallina officinalis Turfs in Southern Istria (Adriatic Sea). Diversity 2021, 13, 196. https://doi.org/10.3390/d13050196

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Buršić M, Iveša L, Jaklin A, Arko Pijevac M, Kučinić M, Štifanić M, Neal L, Bruvo Mađarić B. DNA Barcoding of Marine Mollusks Associated with Corallina officinalis Turfs in Southern Istria (Adriatic Sea). Diversity. 2021; 13(5):196. https://doi.org/10.3390/d13050196

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Buršić, Moira, Ljiljana Iveša, Andrej Jaklin, Milvana Arko Pijevac, Mladen Kučinić, Mauro Štifanić, Lucija Neal, and Branka Bruvo Mađarić. 2021. "DNA Barcoding of Marine Mollusks Associated with Corallina officinalis Turfs in Southern Istria (Adriatic Sea)" Diversity 13, no. 5: 196. https://doi.org/10.3390/d13050196

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