Genetic identity of two physonect siphonophores from Southern Ocean waters - the enigmatic taxon Mica micula and Pyrostephos vanhoeffeni

Anna Panasiuk , Anna Jażdżewska , Angelika Słomska , Marta Irzycka , Justyna Wawrzynek


Based on some coincident morphological characters and distribution, it was believed for a long time that Mica micula was the post-larval stage of a species of Bargmannia, a genus having a very wide geographic distribution. Recent studies, however, have shown that it is much more likely to be the post-larval form of the physonect Pyrostephos vanhoeffeni, which is very common in both Antarctic and sub-Antarctic waters. Until now, molecular evidence to support this theory has been lacking. In the present study 34 nectophores of P. vanhoeffeni and four colonies of M. micula collected from three areas in the Southern Ocean were analysed for the 16S rRNA gene. Five haplotypes were identified, which formed two clearly distinct lineages. Three haplotypes were found exclusively in Admiralty Bay and were shared between individuals of both studied taxa, confirming that M. micula is indeed the post-larval stage of P. vanhoeffeni. Two additional haplotypes were found in one open ocean locality and in Admiralty Bay.
Author Anna Panasiuk (FOG / IO / DMPR)
Anna Panasiuk,,
- Division of Marine Plankton Research
, Anna Jażdżewska
Anna Jażdżewska,,
, Angelika Słomska (FOG / IO / DMPR)
Angelika Słomska,,
- Division of Marine Plankton Research
, Marta Irzycka
Marta Irzycka,,
, Justyna Wawrzynek (FOG / IO / DMPR)
Justyna Wawrzynek,,
- Division of Marine Plankton Research
Journal seriesJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, ISSN 0025-3154, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishsiphonophora (Pyrostephos vanhoeffeni, Mica micula), Southern Ocean, genetic identity
ASJC Classification1104 Aquatic Science
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)70
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ScoreMinisterial score = 70.0, 17-11-2019, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.864; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 1.578 (2) - 2018=1.367 (5)
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