|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||1999|
|Authors:||A. Canapa, Marota, I., Rollo, F., Olmo, E.|
|Journal:||Journal of Molecular Evolution|
|Keywords:||18S, bivalvia, mollusca, phylogeny|
The complete nucleotide sequence of the 18S subunit of ribosomal DNA (rDNA) was determined for the venerid clams Callista chione (Pitarinae) and Venus verrucosa (Venerinae). Comparison of the new sequences with the published sequences of 1 annelid, 2 gastropods, 2 polyplacophorans, and 19 bivalves showed that when the annelids are used as outgroup the gastropods diverge from the bivalves, which form a cluster including the polyplacophorans. When the gastropods alone were compared with the bivalves, the latter split in two groups corresponding to the two subclasses of Heterodonta and Pteriomorpha. The former include two taxa that diverged early, Galeomma and Tridacna, while the Veneridae and Mactridae form two sister groups. In contrast to previous reports and in line with morphological data, the Ostreidae are included in the Pteriomorphia and form a monophyletic group.
|URL:||<Go to ISI>://000079338600009|
|Alternate Journal:||J Mol EvolJ Mol Evol|