Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Research Article

Molecular data on two mitochondrial genes of a newly discovered crustacean species (Lightiella magdalenina, Cephalocarida)

Daria Sannaa1, Alberto Addisa1, Marcella Carcupinoa1 and Paolo Francalaccia1 c1

a1 Dipartimento di Zoologia e Genetica Evoluzionistica, Università di Sassari, Via Muroni 25, 07100 Sassari, Italy

Abstract

Cephalocarida is a rare and poorly known class of small benthic crustaceans, consisting of only eleven species belonging to five genera. Thus far, only one species (Hutchinsoniella macracantha) has been studied at molecular level. We report the partial sequences of two phylogenetically important mitochondrial genes (Cytochrome c Oxidase I and Cytochrome b) from the newly discovered Mediterranean species, Lightiella magdalenina. The genetic relationships between the two cephalocarid species are discussed.

(Received March 04 2009)

(Accepted June 08 2009)

(Online publication November 23 2009)

Correspondence:

c1 Correspondence should be addressed to: P. Francalacci, Dipartimento di Zoologia e Genetica Evoluzionistica, Università di Sassari, Via Muroni 25, 07100 Sassari, Italy email: pfrancalacci@uniss.it