Aplysia californica is a species widely used in neurobiology, and specimens are collected from a wide range of places along its distribution range. A. californica is endemic to the coast of California and the Gulf of California. On the west coast, this is an unusual distribution range relative to other benthic species from that region. Four polymorphic nuclear Mendelian markers were identified (three single-copy nuclear DNA loci and one microsatellite) for an initial survey of genetic variation of wild populations. F(ST) values not significantly different from 0 (overall F(ST) = 0.0148) suggest there was no geographic genetic population subdivision in 177 individuals examined.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Aquatic Science