Population Structures of Vivipara Angularis Muller from Lake Lanao, Mindanao, Philippines

Conaida Camama, Cesar G. Demayo

Abstract


Native species of freshwater gastropod Vivipara angularis have been widely distributed along Lake Lanao. The pattern of the morphological shell variation of this indigenous species was analyzed in the four populations sampled along three sites in Lake Lanao and in Balutmasla Island, one of its two islets located centrally in the lake. Variation in the shell outline was assessed using elliptic Fourier analysis of the captured two-dimentional outline of the shell. The results showed that the variations were detected along the spire-body whorl length and its aperture opening. The variations among the populations were due to the variations observed within the populations and these were argued primarily due to the phenotypic plasticity.


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