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Tapes decussatus and T. philippinarum (Mollusca, Bivalvia)

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Period: 1993 till 2000
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Coastal waters; Genetics; Isolation (genetics); Marine biology; Marine invertebrates; Molluscs; Species
Taxonomic terms: Ruditapes philippinarum (Adams & Reeve, 1850) [WoRMS]; Tapes (Ruditapes) decussatus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Geographical term: ANE, Azores, Sao Jorge I. [Marine Regions]

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  • Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen; Operationele Directie Taxonomie en Fylogenie; Afdeling Malacologie, more
  • Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen (IRScNB/KBIN), more, sponsor


Genetic characterization of T. decussatus in the Azores as a highly isolated, pure stock of the species (founder effects, genetic differentiation, conservation and exploitation issues); investigating relationships and possible genetic interaction between T. decussatus and T. philippinarum.


Temporal sampling of T. decussatus in Faja de Santo Cristo (island of Sao Jorge in the Azores); additional sampling of the species and of T. philippinarum along the European coasts.


Allozyme electrophoresis; in the future possibly random amplified polymorphic DNA, single strand conformation polymorphisms and microsatellites.

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