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Covarying shell growth parameters and the regulation of shell shape in marine bivalves: a case study on Tellinoidea.

Abstract

Specific parameters characterising shell shape may arguably have a significant role in the adaptation of bivalve molluscs to their particular environments. Yet, such functionally relevant shape parameters (shell outline elongation, dissymmetry, and ventral convexity) are not those parameters that the animal may directly control. Rather than shell shape, the animal regulates shell growth. Accordingly, an alternative, growth-based description of shell-shape is best fitted to understand how the animal may control the achieved shell shape. The key point is, in practice, to bring out the link between those two alternative modes of shell-shape descriptions, that is, to derive the set of equations which connects the growth-based shell-shape parameters to the functionally relevant shell-shape parameters. Thus, a preliminary object of this note is to derive this set of equations as a tool for further investigations. A second object of this work is to provide an illustrative example of implementation of this tool. I report on an unexpected negative covariance between growth-based parameters and show how this covariance results in a severe limitation of the range of interspecific variability of the degree of ventral convexity of the shell outline within the superfamily Tellinoidea. Hypotheses are proposed regarding the constraints possibly at the origin of this limitation of interspecific variability.

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Biodiversity

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hal-01101395 , version 1 (08-01-2015)

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Jean Béguinot. Covarying shell growth parameters and the regulation of shell shape in marine bivalves: a case study on Tellinoidea.. Journal of Marine Biology, 2014, 2014, pp.519510. ⟨10.1155/2014/519510⟩. ⟨hal-01101395⟩
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