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Unusual anatomy of the ectoparasitic muricid Vitularia salebrosa (King and Broderip, 1832) (Neogastropoda: Muricidae) from the Pacific coast of Panama

Simone, Luiz Ricardo L.; Herbert, Gregory S.; Merle, Didier Universidade De São Paulo

NAUTILUS, v.123, n.3, p.137-147, 2009

BAILEY-MATTHEWS SHELL MUSEUM 2009

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  • Título:
    Unusual anatomy of the ectoparasitic muricid Vitularia salebrosa (King and Broderip, 1832) (Neogastropoda: Muricidae) from the Pacific coast of Panama
  • Autor: Simone, Luiz Ricardo L.; Herbert, Gregory S.; Merle, Didier
  • Universidade De São Paulo
  • Assuntos: Phylogenetic Analysis; Gastropoda; Mollusca; Marine & Freshwater Biology; Zoology
  • É parte de: NAUTILUS, v.123, n.3, p.137-147, 2009
  • Descrição: The morphology and anatomy of Vitularia salebrosa, a muricid ectoparasitic on other mollusks, are investigated based on study of specimens from western Panama. Distinctive characters of this species include the small size of the buccal mass and radular apparatus, simplification of the odontophore muscles and diminished lateral teeth of the radula; all elongated, narrow proboscis; narrow digestive tract and a differentiable glandular region at the beginning of the posterior esophagus. These traits are consistent with adaptive specialization for an ectoparasitic life history.
  • Títulos relacionados: Nautilus
  • Editor: BAILEY-MATTHEWS SHELL MUSEUM
  • Data de publicação: 2009
  • Idioma: Inglês

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