Marine Biology

, Volume 149, Issue 3, pp 525–535 | Cite as

Molecular phylogeny and population structure of tideland snails in the genus Cerithidea around Japan

  • S. KojimaEmail author
  • S. Kamimura
  • A. Iijima
  • T. Kimura
  • T. Kurozumi
  • T. Furota
Research Article


Phylogenetic relationships and genetic population structures were analyzed for tideland gastropods in the genus Cerithidea around Japan on the basis of partial sequence of the mitochondrial COI gene. Large genetic divergence was shown between individuals of Cerithidea cingulata in the southern Ryukyus and those in the central Ryukyus and the Japanese Islands. Haplotypes of C. cingulata from the Japanese Islands were paraphyletic with the exclusion of a monophyletic group from the central Ryukyus. Genetic differentiation of C. cingulata was also detected between Amami-Oshima Island and Okinawajima Island. No genetic divergence was found between Cerithidea rhizophorarum in the Japanese Islands and its subspecies C. rhizophorarum morchii in the Ryukyu Islands. The lack of genetic divergence of Cerithidea largillierti between continental China and Japan suggests relatively recent migration between the Japanese Islands and the Asian continent. For all three Cerithidea species distributed in both the Japanese Islands and the Ryukyu Islands, the Tokara Gap and the Kerama Gap were shown to have acted as barriers to the dispersal.


Genetic Population Structure Asian Continent Ryukyu Island Japanese Island Significant Genetic Differentiation 
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The authors thank Drs. Tomoyuki Miura, Miyazaki University, Kiyonori Tomiyama, Kagoshima University, Quanhong Zhao, Tongji University, Shigetaka Yamaguchi, University of California, Santa Barbara, Takashi Uchino, Tohoku University, and Kyoko Kinoshita, Prefectural University of Kumamoto, and Ms. Kaori Yano, Kyushukensetsu Consultant Company, for their help in collecting samples. Thanks are also extended to two anonymous reviewers for comments that improved the manuscript. Part of this study was supported by grants from the Ministry of Education, Sports, Culture, Science and Technology of Japan (Nos. 12NP0201 and 13640693).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Kojima
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. Kamimura
    • 2
    • 6
  • A. Iijima
    • 3
    • 7
  • T. Kimura
    • 4
  • T. Kurozumi
    • 5
  • T. Furota
    • 3
  1. 1.Ocean Research InstituteUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of ScienceUniversity of the RyukyusOkinawaJapan
  3. 3.Faculty of ScienceToho UniversityChibaJapan
  4. 4.Faculty of Bioresources Mie UniversityMieJapan
  5. 5.Natural History Museum and Institute, ChibaChibaJapan
  6. 6.National Research Institute of Fisheries and Environment of Inland SeaFisheries Research AgencyHiroshimaJapan
  7. 7.Wetlands International JapanTokyoJapan

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