Sexual dimorphisms in radula of Conomurex persicus (Gastropoda : Strombidae) in the Mediterranean Sea

Mutlu E.

MARINE BIOLOGY, vol.145, no.4, pp.693-698, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 145 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00227-004-1370-2
  • Journal Name: MARINE BIOLOGY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.693-698
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: No


Dentition characters of Conomurex persicus found along the Mediterranean coasts of Turkey were analyzed. For the analyses of radula, 289 individuals (34 adult males, 140 adult females and the remainder juveniles) were examined. Male and female individuals of the species had different numbers of radular cusps. The radula of the taenioglossate type was made up of two marginal teeth, one lateral and one central (rhachidian) tooth, each being delicate and with different numbers of cusps. The central and lateral teeth had seven cusps and five cusps, respectively, in both males and females. Outer and inner marginal teeth of males had two and one cusps, while those of females had five and six cusps, respectively. The female's radula is yellow-whitish. The male's radula is reddish dark brown.