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Biochemical Variation in Alpheus (Decapoda, Caridea, Alpheidae) from the Coast of Texas: Evidence for Cryptic Species
Matthew R. McClure and Ira F. Greenbaum
The Southwestern Naturalist
Vol. 39, No. 1 (Mar., 1994), pp. 63-66
Published by: Southwestern Association of Naturalists
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3672194
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Ambiguities in the identification and nomenclature of the snapping shrimp, Alpheus heterochaelis, led to a preliminary assessment of allozymic variation in Alpheus from Galveston and Port Aransas, Texas. From a total of 39 animals, eleven loci were resolved, of which 9 were polymorphic. At both localities, these loci were entirely concordant in partitioning the individuals into two discrete electrophoretic groups; 6 loci exhibited alternate alleles without corresponding heterozygotes. The genetic similarity of the two groups was estimated at 0.209. These data support the hypothesis that two species exist within what is currently recognized as A. heterochaelis along the coast of Texas.
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