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Hard to get, easy to lose: Evolution of mantle photoreceptor organs in bivalves (Bivalvia, Pteriomorphia)

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Audino, Jorge; Serb, Jeanne Marie; Amoroso Rodriguez Marian, José Eduardo (2020). Hard to get, easy to lose: Evolution of mantle photoreceptor organs in bivalves (Bivalvia, Pteriomorphia) [Dataset]. Dryad.


Morphologically diverse eyes have evolved numerous times, yet little is known about how eye gain and loss is related to photic environment. The pteriomorphian bivalves (e.g., oysters, scallops, and ark clams), with a remarkable range of photoreceptor organs and ecologies, are a suitable system to investigate the association between eye evolution and ecological shifts. The present phylogenetic framework was based on amino acid sequences from transcriptome datasets and nucleotide sequences of five additional genes. In total, 197 species comprising 22 families from all five pteriomorphian orders were examined, representing the greatest taxonomic sampling to date. Morphological data were acquired for 162 species and lifestyles were compiled from the literature for all 197 species. Photoreceptor organs occur in 11 families and have arisen exclusively in epifaunal lineages, i.e., living above the substrate, at least five times independently. Models for trait evolution consistently recovered higher rates of loss over gain. Transitions to crevice-dwelling habit appear associated with convergent gains of eyespots in epifaunal lineages. Once photoreceptor organs have arisen, multiple losses occurred in lineages that shift to burrowing lifestyles and deep-sea habitats. The observed patterns suggest that eye evolution in pteriomorphians might have evolved in association with light-guided behaviors, such as phototaxis, body posture, and alarm responses.


Dataset for 197 pteriomorphian species and eight other bivalve species, including amino acid sequences (from 277 orthologs in Matrix 2, see Lemer et al. 2016) and five additional nucleotide sequences (16S rRNA, COI,18S rRNA, 28S rRNA, and Histone H3) available in GenBank. All molecular data with respective accession numbers are listed in supporting information (Table S1). Alignments were performed in MAFFT v7.311 under the L-INS-i method (Katoh and Standley 2013). The phylogenetic tree file (nexus format) was obtained in a partitioned analysis performed in IQ-TREE v1.6.12 (Nguyen et al. 2014) under maximum likelihood and the following models of sequence evolution: GTR+I+G (for nucleotide sequences) and LG+F+I+G (for amino acid sequences from the transcriptome dataset).


São Paulo Research Foundation, Award: 2015/09519-4

Coordenação de Aperfeicoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, Award: 001

National Science Foundation, Award: DEB 1754331

São Paulo Research Foundation, Award: 2017/01365-3