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Genetic variability in 3 co-occurring forms of the starfish genusOthilia (=Echinaster)

  • Rebecca D. Tuttle
  • R. Lindahl


High levels of genetic variability have been found in 3 (grey, brown, orange) co-occurring forms of the starfishOthilia. These high levels appear to correspond to the generalistic habit of this starfish. The biochemical data, coupled with morphological observations, indicate that the grey and orange forms are morphs of the same species and that the brown form is a species separate from the grey and orange forms.


Genetic Variability Morphological Observation Biochemical Data Generalistic Habit Orange Form 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca D. Tuttle
    • 1
  • R. Lindahl
    • 1
  1. 1.Developmental Biology Section, Department of BiologyThe University of AlabamaUniversityUSA

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