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Consequences of the historical demography on the global population structure of two highly migratory cosmopolitan marine fishes: the yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) and the skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis)

AuthorsEly, Bert; Viñas, Jordi ; Alvarado Bremer, Jaime R.; Black, Donna; Lucas, Luciano; Covello, Kelly; Labrie, Alexis V.; Thelen, Eric
Issue Date22-Feb-2005
PublisherBioMed Central
CitationBMC Evolutionary Biology 5: 19 (2005)
AbstractBackground: Yellowfin and skipjack tuna are globally distributed in the world's tropical and subtropical oceans. Since little, if any, migration of these fishes occurs between the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific Oceans, one might expect to see genetic differences between sub-populations in these ocean basins. However, yellowfin and skipjack tuna have extremely large population sizes. Thus, the rate of genetic drift should be slower than that observed for other tunas. Results: Low levels of genetic differentiation were observed between Atlantic and Pacific samples of yellowfin tuna. In contrast, no genetic differentiation was observed between Atlantic and Pacific samples of skipjack tuna. Conclusion: Much lower levels of genetic differentiation were found among sub-populations of yellowfin tuna compared to those observed for other large tunas, probably due to the large population size of yellowfin tuna. Since skipjack tuna appear to have even larger population sizes, it is not surprising that no genetic differentiation was detected between Atlantic and Pacific samples of these fish. © 2005 Ely et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Description9 pages, 2 figures, 8 tables
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2148-5-19
Identifiersdoi: 10.1186/1471-2148-5-19
issn: 1471-2148
e-issn: 1471-2148
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