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Microsatellite analysis indicates an absence of population structure among Hippoglossus hippoglossus in the north‐west Atlantic

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Abstract:

To explore the population structure of Atlantic halibut Hippoglossus hippoglossus, 160 fish from four locations in the north‐west Atlantic (Bay of Fundy, Scotian Shelf, Gulf of St Lawrence and Iceland) were examined for evidence of population structure using 18 microsatellite markers. Pair‐wise FST and a model‐based cluster analysis revealed no significant differentiation between samples, although uncertainties surrounding Atlantic halibut reproductive behaviour made it difficult to ascertain that only a single breeding population had been sampled at each location

Keywords: Atlantic halibut; Atlantic ocean; genetic differentiation; microsatellite; population

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0022-1112.2005.00733.x

Affiliations: 1: Department of Biochemistry, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330 Thailand, 2: NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program, University of New Brunswick at Saint John, Saint John, N.B. E2L 4L5 Canada and 3: Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6 Canada 4: NRC Institute for Marine Biosciences, 1411 Oxford St, Halifax, N.S. B3H 3Z1 Canada, 5: St Andrews Biological Station, Fisheries and Oceans, 531 Brandy Cove Rd, St Andrews, N.B. E5B 2L9 Canada,

Publication date: August 1, 2005

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