Genetic verification of native brown trout from the Persian Gulf (Catak Cay River, Tigris basin)

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Analysis of the mtDNA control region in six individual brown trout Salmo trutta from the Catak Cay River (Tigris basin) revealed a single, new, haplotype, 1·0 to 1·5% divergent from five other Da lineage haplotypes analysed, that groups with the Danubian clade with low bootstrap support. This highly divergent haplotype combined with unique phenotypic characteristics underscores the novelty and native status of this population, which has probably been isolated from other brown trout lineages for at least several hundred thousand years.

Keywords: Salmo trutta; Turkey; mtDNA control region; phylogeography

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Karl-Franzens Universität Graz, Institut für Zoologie, Universitätsplatz 2, A-8010 Graz, Austria and 2: Lastenstr 25, A-9300 St Veit Glan, Austria

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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