• Evidence for Poecilogony and Potential “Sequential” Poecilogony in Mediterranean Members of the Genus Raphitoma (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Conoidea: Raphitomidae)

    Thanasis Manousis1*, Dimitrios Petridis2, Sofia Galinou-Mitsoudi3

    1. PO Box 48 K, 57500 Epanomi, Greece. Email: athanasiosmanousis@gmail.com.
    2. International Hellenic University (IHU) School of Agricultural Technology, Food Technology and Nutrition. Department of Food Technology Secretariat. PO Box 141, 57 400 Sindos, Thessaloniki, Greece. Email: petridis@food.teithe.gr
    3. International Hellenic University (IHU). Department of Environmental Engineering. PO BOX 141, 574 00 Thessaloniki, Greece. Email: galimits@otenet.gr.

    Abstract: Published morphometric data of the maximum diameter of protoconch I of 20 Raphitoma species belonging to 10 pairs of “sibling” species grouped in 12 sets were subjected to Orthogonal Regression Analysis (ORA) for congruence with the poecilogony hypothesis proposed by MANOUSIS et al. (2018). Results exclude the possibility that the obtained data are random but further investigations (e.g. DNA) will support the hypothesis.

    Keywords: Mediterranean Sea, poecilogony, Raphitoma.

    Pages: 374 – 389 | Full PDF Paper