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1 December 2005 NO REPRODUCTIVE ISOLATION BETWEEN FRESHWATER PULMONATE SNAILS PHYSA VIRGATA AND P. ACUTA
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Mate choice tests provided no evidence of prezygotic reproductive isolation between a population of Physa virgata (Gould, 1855) collected from its type locality in the Gila River of Arizona and Physa acuta (Draparnaud, 1805) from a control site in Charleston, South Carolina. Reared in a no-choice experimental design, 10 outcross Arizona × South Carolina pairs initiated reproduction at approximately the same age as Arizona × Arizona controls, and earlier than South Carolina × South Carolina controls. Parents in the outcross experiment did not differ significantly from either control in their median weekly fecundity across 10 weeks of observation, yielding an F1 generation with significantly improved viability. We detected no evidence of reduction in F1 fertility. Thus, P. virgata, the most widespread freshwater gastropod of the American Southwest, should be considered a junior synonym of the cosmopolitan P. acuta.

Robert T. Dillon Jr., John D. Robinson, Thomas P. Smith, and Amy R. Wethington "NO REPRODUCTIVE ISOLATION BETWEEN FRESHWATER PULMONATE SNAILS PHYSA VIRGATA AND P. ACUTA," The Southwestern Naturalist 50(4), (1 December 2005). https://doi.org/10.1894/0038-4909(2005)050[0415:NRIBFP]2.0.CO;2
Accepted: 30 March 2005; Published: 1 December 2005
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