Origins of Semisulcospira libertina (gastropoda: semisulcospiridae) in Taiwan

Yuh Wen Chiu, Hor Bor, Po Hsun Kuo, Kui Ching Hsu, Mian Shin Tan, Wei Kuang Wang, Hung Du Lin

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The most accepted hypothesis has suggested that the fauna in Taiwan Island originated from South China, but some studies supported the Japan, Ryukyu Archipelago, and Taiwan Islands as a unique biogeographical district. This study examines whether the populations of freshwater snail Semisulcospira libertina in Taiwan are closer to those in Japan based on the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene sequences. Our study shows the populations in North Taiwan originated from Japan and the cyclic glacial caused the migrations among islands and continent repeatedly; the populations in South Taiwan might originate from South China or South Asia. Our results will not only affect the conclusions in phylogeography of freshwater species in Taiwan but also change the sampling plans in the future studies about evolutionary of freshwater species in East Asia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)518-525
Number of pages8
JournalMitochondrial DNA Part A: DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul 4

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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