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Shell morphology in Cerastoderma spp. (Bivalvia: Cardiidae) and its significance for adaptation to tidal and non-tidal coastal habitats
Mariani, S.; Piccari, F.; De Matthaeis, E. (2002). Shell morphology in Cerastoderma spp. (Bivalvia: Cardiidae) and its significance for adaptation to tidal and non-tidal coastal habitats. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 3(483-490): 82. hdl.handle.net/10.1017/S0025315402005751
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154, more
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Author keywords
    Shell morphology; cerastoderma spp. (bivalvia: cardiidae); Tidal; Non-tidal; Coastal habitats

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  • Mariani, S., more
  • Piccari, F.
  • De Matthaeis, E.

Abstract
    Several morphological characteristics of the shell in cockles (genus CerastodermaCerastoderma glaucum. Morphometric and meristic descriptors were correlated with some environmental factors, such as salinity and temperature. Analysis of allometry in C. glaucum and Cerastoderma edule revealed significant differences between the two species. The results are discussed from an adaptive perspective, providing possible hypotheses on the steps which might have driven the evolution of form of the studied species during the process of adaptation to coastal tidal and confined habitats.

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