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Taxonomic revision of the genus Diplodonta (Bivalvia: Ungulinidae)from Brazilian Coast

Grant number: 10/11401-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2011
Effective date (End): July 31, 2012
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology
Principal Investigator:Luiz Ricardo Lopes de Simone
Grantee:Bárbara Louise Valentas Romera
Home Institution: Museu de Zoologia (MZ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The currently taxonomy of the genus Diplodonta Bronn, 1831 is only based on shell characters, requiring a detailed anatomic study. The taxonomic historic of this species is commonly associated at the genus Lucina (Lucinidae), taxonomic closely at the studied genus. In the Brazilian coast are recognized the species D. punctata (Say, 1822), D. nucleiformis Wagner, 1838, D. portesiana (D'Orbigny, 1842), D. patagonica (D' Orbigny, 1842) e D. danieli Klein, 1957. Preliminary analyses show that the characters of shell have patterns beyond that established for that cited species. To acquire better data, enrich the species definitions and get phylogenetic data about the genus, there is a need of detailed anatomic studies. With that, the present work aims get and analyze anatomic characters form the Diplodonta species to help elucidate his taxonomy on Brazilian coast.

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
ROMERA, BARBARA L. V.; SIMONE, LUIZ R. L.; CUNHA, CARLO M. Redescription and anatomy of Diplodonta portesiana (d'Orbigny, 1846) (Bivalvia, Ungulinidae) from Brazil. ZOOKEYS, n. 275, p. 1-15, 2013. Web of Science Citations: 1.

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