Species assignment and population genetic studies of Gran Paraná pejerrey (Odontesthes sp., Atheriniformes, Atherinopsidae) from La Plata Basin in South America

Species assignment and population genetic studies of Gran Paraná pejerrey (Odontesthes sp.,... Pejerrey is the common name given to Odontesthes species from South America. Every year, individuals of pejerrey called “Gran (Big) Paraná” appear during the low-temperature season at rivers in the southern section of the La Plata Basin. Gran Paraná fishes are highly appreciated for fishing, and present some biological features different from other well-characterized Odontesthes fish, such as bigger size and migratory behavior. Regulations for the management of pejerrey fisheries within La Plata Basin have not been implemented yet. The aims of the present work were to characterize the Gran Paraná pejerrey species by molecular methods and carry out the first population genetic study of Gran Parana pejerrey from the La Plata Basin. All Gran Paraná specimens were classified as O. bonariensis, based on both morphology and microsatellite loci. Genetic differentiation was observed between Gran Paraná pejerrey and O. bonariensis pejerrey sampled at Chascomús lagoon. In addition, temporal genetic differentiation was observed, suggesting the presence of different cohorts migrating along the basin. The knowledge of population dynamics and differentiation will contribute to figure out fisheries models and to design protective areas for this species under commercial exploitation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hydrobiologia Springer Journals

Species assignment and population genetic studies of Gran Paraná pejerrey (Odontesthes sp., Atheriniformes, Atherinopsidae) from La Plata Basin in South America

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Life Sciences; Freshwater & Marine Ecology; Ecology; Zoology
ISSN
0018-8158
eISSN
1573-5117
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10750-018-3643-7
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Abstract

Pejerrey is the common name given to Odontesthes species from South America. Every year, individuals of pejerrey called “Gran (Big) Paraná” appear during the low-temperature season at rivers in the southern section of the La Plata Basin. Gran Paraná fishes are highly appreciated for fishing, and present some biological features different from other well-characterized Odontesthes fish, such as bigger size and migratory behavior. Regulations for the management of pejerrey fisheries within La Plata Basin have not been implemented yet. The aims of the present work were to characterize the Gran Paraná pejerrey species by molecular methods and carry out the first population genetic study of Gran Parana pejerrey from the La Plata Basin. All Gran Paraná specimens were classified as O. bonariensis, based on both morphology and microsatellite loci. Genetic differentiation was observed between Gran Paraná pejerrey and O. bonariensis pejerrey sampled at Chascomús lagoon. In addition, temporal genetic differentiation was observed, suggesting the presence of different cohorts migrating along the basin. The knowledge of population dynamics and differentiation will contribute to figure out fisheries models and to design protective areas for this species under commercial exploitation.

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HydrobiologiaSpringer Journals

Published: May 17, 2018

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