Scientia Marina, Vol 67, No 2 (2003)

Lack of mitochondrial differentiation between Red sea and Mediterranean populations of the Lessepsian rabbitfish, Siganus rivulatus (Perciformes: Siganidae)


https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.2003.67n2215

François Bonhomme
Laboratoire Génome, Populations, Interactions, France

Avi Baranes
Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences, Eilat, Israel

Daniel Golani
Department of Evolution, Systematics and Ecology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Mireille Harmelin-Vivien
Centre d’Océanologie de Marseille, France

Abstract


A lack of genetic differentiation between Red Sea and Mediterranean populations of the Lessepsian rabbitfish, Siganus rivulatus, was evidenced using mitochondrial DNA (cytochrome b). This result implies that Mediterranean populations were not founded by a few individuals, but rather that immigration of S. rivulatus into the Mediterranean is a continuous process.

Keywords


Lessepsian migrants; Siganus; genetic differentiation; mitochondrial DNA

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