Evidence for fine-scale genetic structure and estuarine colonisation in a potential high gene flow marine goby (Pomatoschistus minutus)

Pampoulie, C., Gysels, E.S., Maes, G.E., Hellemans, B., Leentjes, V., Jones, A.G., and Volckaert, F.A.M. (2004) Evidence for fine-scale genetic structure and estuarine colonisation in a potential high gene flow marine goby (Pomatoschistus minutus). Heredity, 92. pp. 434-445.

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Marine fish seem to experience evolutionary processes that are expected to produce genetically homogeneous populations. We have assessed genetic diversity and differentiation in 15 samples of the sand goby Pomatoschistus minutus (Pallas, 1770) (Gobiidae, Teleostei) from four major habitats within the Southern Bight of the North Sea, using seven microsatellite and 13 allozyme loci. Despite its high dispersal potential, microsatellite loci revealed a moderate level of differentiation (overall FST=0.026; overall RST=0.058). Both hierarchical analysis of molecular variance and multivariate analysis revealed significant differentiation (P<0.01) between estuarine, coastal and marine samples with microsatellites, but not with allozymes. Comparison among the different estimators of differentiation (FST and RST) pointed to possible historical events and contemporary habitat fragmentation. Samples were assigned to two breeding units in the estuary and coastal region. Despite this classification, there were indications of a complex and dynamic spatiotemporal structure, which is, most likely, determined by historical events and local oceanic currents.

Item ID: 30584
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1365-2540
Keywords: allele shift, allozymes, gene flow, microsatellites, North Atlantic Ocean, sand goby
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2014 00:54
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0604 Genetics > 060411 Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics @ 70%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 50%
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