Russian Journal of Biological Invasions

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 114–118 | Cite as

Genetic Diversity of the First Baltic Population of Rangia cuneata (Bivalvia: Mactridae)

  • I. S. VoroshilovaEmail author
  • E. E. Ezhova
  • V. V. Pavlova


The genetic diversity of the first Baltic population of the bivalve mollusk Rangia cuneata (G.B. Sowerby I, 1831) is studied on the basis of mtDNA COI gene sequences. It is shown that a single population of this alien species with a high level of genetic diversity inhabits the whole Vistula Lagoon. It is assumed that common rangia penetrated to the Vistula Lagoon at the larval stage with ballast waters. The first European R. cuneata population from the North Sea is regarded as the most probable source of introduction. Information on the genetic diversity of population of introduced species may be useful for forecasting of further ways of dispersal of the species.


Rangia cuneata alien species mtDNA Baltic Sea 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. S. Voroshilova
    • 1
    Email author
  • E. E. Ezhova
    • 2
  • V. V. Pavlova
    • 1
  1. 1.Papanin Institute for Biology of Inland Waters, Russian Academy of Sciences (IBIW)Russian Academy of SciencesBorokRussia
  2. 2.Shirshov Institute of OceanologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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