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Molecular Identification and Phylogenetic Analysis of Turbinella pyrum, (Linnaeus, 1767) (Mollusca: Gastropoda) using Cytochrome Oxidase Subunit 1

Molecular Identification and Phylogenetic Analysis of Turbinella pyrum, (Linnaeus, 1767) (Mollusca: Gastropoda) using Cytochrome Oxidase Subunit 1

Amna Sulaman1, Qurat-ul-Ain Ijaz1, Muhammad Shafi2 and Faiz Muhammad1*

1Center of Excellence in Marine Biology, University of Karachi, Karachi-75270, Pakistan
2Lasbella University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, Lasbella, Uthal.
 
Corresponding Author: Faiz Muhammad
balouch_23@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT

The marine environment is extremely important and has remarkable biodiversity. Turbinella pyrum is a marine species found only in the Indian Ocean. It is an economically important resource as well as a sacred animal. The meat of this animal is used in traditional medicine. T. pyrum is a less known species from Pakistani marine waters. This research validated its molecular identification as T. pyrum. The neighbor-joining results revealed that it clustered with the same species of family Turbinellidae except for the individual of the same species from India’s west coast. Individuals of this species have demonstrated less genetic difference. The present findings will be beneficial for taxonomists and future researchers of the region. 
 
Novelty Statement | An important species of gastropod known as Turbinella pyrum (Lin-neaus, 1967) has been identified for the first time using Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 from Pakistani marine waters.
 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

December

Vol. 54, Iss. 6, Pages 2501-3000

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