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Molluscan Research 31(3): 167-175; published 30 Nov. 2011
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A new species of Simnia from England (Caenogastropoda: Ovulidae)


1 Chiapponi-Lorenz Seashell Foundation (CLSF), Via Aspromonte 22, 23900 Lecco, Italy.

2 Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Medical Biodiversity and Parasitology, Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

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A new species of Ovulidae, Simnia hiscocki, is described from the Cornwall Peninsula, England, and compared with Simnia patula occurring in the same area, from which it differs in shell- and radula-morphological features as well as ecological features. DNA analysis suggests that it is a very young species whose host-specificity to Eunicella verrucosa makes it a potentially useful species for monitoring sea-temperature-change.

Key words: Ovulidae, Simnia, new sister species, Plymouth, radula differences, host-specific, climate change

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