Sidedness polymorphism in flatfish has been linked to ecological selection between morphs. However, the alternate hypothesis that morphological differences between right- and left-sided forms may be due to errors during development, as a consequence of disturbed homeostasis, which still remains largely unexplored. Here, we examined the case of Platichthys flesus (flounder), a polymorphic flatfish exhibiting large and clinal variation in the frequency of the left-sided morph, which is the reversed condition in this generally right-sided species. An integrated approach consisting of the analyses of shape variation, stomach contents, and skeletal anomalies was used. Morphological differences were observed between morphs, which are in agreement with previous findings in a congeneric species (Platichthys stellatus). In parallel, significant differences in feeding choices were detected, suggesting a coherent association between subtle morphological differences between morphs and their use of trophic resources. Skeletal anomalies and meristic counts did not corroborate the hypothesis that morphometric divergence in reversed individuals may be caused or reinforced by developmental instability.

Russo, T., Pulcini, D., Costantini, D., Pedreschi, D., Palamara, E., Boglione, C., et al. (2012). “Right” or “Wrong”? Insights into the ecology of sidedness in European flounder, Platichthys flesus. JOURNAL OF MORPHOLOGY, 273(3), 337-346 [10.1002/jmor.11027].

“Right” or “Wrong”? Insights into the ecology of sidedness in European flounder, Platichthys flesus.

RUSSO, TOMMASO;BOGLIONE, CLARA;CATAUDELLA, STEFANO;SCARDI, MICHELE;
2012-02-01

Abstract

Sidedness polymorphism in flatfish has been linked to ecological selection between morphs. However, the alternate hypothesis that morphological differences between right- and left-sided forms may be due to errors during development, as a consequence of disturbed homeostasis, which still remains largely unexplored. Here, we examined the case of Platichthys flesus (flounder), a polymorphic flatfish exhibiting large and clinal variation in the frequency of the left-sided morph, which is the reversed condition in this generally right-sided species. An integrated approach consisting of the analyses of shape variation, stomach contents, and skeletal anomalies was used. Morphological differences were observed between morphs, which are in agreement with previous findings in a congeneric species (Platichthys stellatus). In parallel, significant differences in feeding choices were detected, suggesting a coherent association between subtle morphological differences between morphs and their use of trophic resources. Skeletal anomalies and meristic counts did not corroborate the hypothesis that morphometric divergence in reversed individuals may be caused or reinforced by developmental instability.
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Sidedness, Ecology, Diversifying selection, Development, Feeding
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jmor.11027/abstract
Russo, T., Pulcini, D., Costantini, D., Pedreschi, D., Palamara, E., Boglione, C., et al. (2012). “Right” or “Wrong”? Insights into the ecology of sidedness in European flounder, Platichthys flesus. JOURNAL OF MORPHOLOGY, 273(3), 337-346 [10.1002/jmor.11027].
Russo, T; Pulcini, D; Costantini, D; Pedreschi, D; Palamara, E; Boglione, C; Cataudella, S; Scardi, M; Mariani, S
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