First record of the phyllosoma larva of the pygmy locust lobster Scyllarus pygmaeus (Crustacea, Decapoda) in the eastern Mediterranean sea

Tamar Guy-Haim, Anastasiia Iakovleva, Khristina Ermak, Ehud Spanier, Arseniy R. Morov

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Abstract

Taxonomic intricacies and high interspecific similarity have hampered the identification of scyllarid phyllosoma larvae to the species level. The pygmy locust lobster, Scyllarus pygmaeus, is distributed across the Mediterranean Sea and in the eastern Atlantic; however, its phyllosoma larvae were previously recorded only from the western Mediterranean. We employed DNA barcoding using the mitochondrial COI gene to identify S. pygmaeus phyllosoma collected from the offshore waters of the southeastern Mediterranean Sea and described its morphology. We further discuss the lack of genetic structure in S. pygmaeus with potential implications for species connectivity and conservation.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere49
JournalJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Volume104
StatePublished - 10 May 2024

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© The Author(s), 2024. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.

Keywords

  • COI
  • DNA barcoding
  • Mediterranean sea
  • integrative taxonomy
  • scyllaridae
  • slipper lobster

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science

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