Populations of Cepaea hortensis (O. F. Müller, 1774) polymorphic for the colour of shell lip in north-western Poland and north-central Germany
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Institute of Biology, Pomeranian University, Słupsk, Poland
Submission date: 2010-05-25
Acceptance date: 2010-06-02
Publication date: 2020-05-14
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Małgorzata Ożgo   

Institute of Biology, Pomeranian University, Arciszewskiego 22B, 76-200 Słupsk, Poland
Folia Malacol. 2010;18(2):93-97
In Cepaea hortensis (O. F. Müller), the shell lip (peristome) is usually white. In most areas the lip colour allows us to reliably distinguish this species from C. nemoralis (Linnaeus) in which the lip is usually darkbrown. Populations polymorphic for lip colour are rare and occur only locally. Here I report on populations of C. hortensis containing dark-lipped individuals in north-western Poland and in north-central Germany. The frequency of dark-lipped individuals ranged from 3% to 31%. It was common in brown and pink shells, but occurred only sporadically in yellow shells. No selective factors promoting dark-lipped C. hortensis are evident. The occurrence of this phenotype is likely to reflectrandom events.
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