Spatial genetic structure and body size divergence in endangered Gymnogobius isaza in ancient Lake Biwa

Nakazawa, Takefumi, Liu, Shang Yin Vanson, Sakai, Yoichiro, Araki, Kiwako S., Tsai, Cheng-Han, and Okuda, Noboru (2018) Spatial genetic structure and body size divergence in endangered Gymnogobius isaza in ancient Lake Biwa. Mitochondrial DNA Part A: DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis, 29 (5). pp. 756-764.

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Gymnogobius isaza is a freshwater goby endemic to ancient Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. The species is now listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ in the Red Data Book of Japan. Nevertheless, it remains subject to fishing without any specific management strategies. Previous studies using mitochondrial DNA markers showed that this fish species has two cryptic lineages. However, little is known about spatial genetic structure and ecological differences across the broad lakescape. In this study, we collected fish samples at nine locations along the lakeshore during the breeding season and tested for the presence of spatial heterogeneity in the lineage’s composition while measuring body size as the most fundamental biological trait. The results showed that the major lineage dominated all the sampling locations whereas the minor lineage consisted of only 11% (16/143) of samples. Furthermore, although their spatial distributions overlapped (i.e. the two lineages may be well mixed), we found it possible that the minor lineage may have a potentially narrower distribution than the major lineage. In addition, we found that the two lineages differ in body size; specifically, the minor lineage is smaller in size. From the viewpoint of genetic diversity conservation and sustainable resource use, this fish should be managed as two genetic stocks and spatial and/or body size-based fishery management is desirable, with particular attention to the minor (smaller sized) lineage.

Item ID: 58673
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2470-1408
Keywords: Endangered species, genetic stock, mitochondrial DNA markers, phenotypic variation
Funders: Kyoto University (KU), Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan (MST), RIHN
Projects and Grants: KU (2012jurc-cer04), MST 104-2621-B-006-003-MY3, MST 104-2611-M-110-022-MY2, RIHN D-06
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2019 02:08
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3104 Evolutionary biology > 310401 Animal systematics and taxonomy @ 50%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3105 Genetics > 310599 Genetics not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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