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Allozyme heterozygosity and escape response performance of the scallops, Argopecten purpuratus and Placopecten magellanicus
Perez, H.M.; Brokordt, K.; Tremblay, R.; Guderley, H.E. (2011). Allozyme heterozygosity and escape response performance of the scallops, Argopecten purpuratus and Placopecten magellanicus. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 158(8): 1903-1913. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00227-011-1702-y
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
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  • Perez, H.M.
  • Brokordt, K.
  • Tremblay, R.
  • Guderley, H.E.

Abstract
    Multilocus allozyme heterozygosity (MLH) has been positively correlated with growth in some marine bivalves and was suggested to facilitate swimming activity in pectinids. Using two highly mobile scallops, Placopecten magellanicus and Argopecten purpuratus, we examined escape response performance and morphometric characteristics as a function of allelic variability at metabolic loci. Ten allozyme systems were used for A. purpuratus and 7 for P. magellanicus. In each species, the morphometric characteristics and escape response parameters were analyzed separately using principal components analysis (PCA) and the scores of the major principal components were related to allozyme heterozygosity. In both P. magellanicus and A. purpuratus, positive correlations were found between MLH and morphometric parameters, but escape response parameters were only positively linked to MLH in P. magellanicus, and then weakly. The hypothesis that MLH improves fitness of pectinids by increasing the capacity to escape predators is not supported.

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