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Lyrodus mersinensis sp. nov. (Bivalvia: Teredinidae) another cryptic species in the Lyrodus pedicellatus (Quatrefages, 1849) complex

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Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, Geesthacht, 21502, Germany.
Mollusca shipworms teredinids DNA barcodes barcode index numbers (BINs)


New data from barcode index numbers (BINs) and 28S rRNA gene sequences confirm a cryptic species pair in Lyrodus pedicellatus from the eastern Mediterranean and European Atlantic coasts. Therefore, it is paramount to associate the new species to a scientific name for a reliable reference system of biological information. To this end, we describe Lyrodus mersinensis sp. nov., another cryptic species in the L. pedicellatus complex, and redescribe the `true´ L. pedicellatus. Both the description and redescription are based on molecular diagnostic characters obtained from sequences of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) and nuclear 28S rRNA genes. The 18S rRNA gene sequences did not yield diagnostic characters to distinguish these species. A morphological diagnosis of pedicellatus-like Lyrodus species is also provided.



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