Genetic divergence between morphological forms of brown trout Salmo trutta L. in the Balkan region of Macedonia

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Abstract:

The objective of this study was to characterize the genetic structure of two Balkan brown trout morphotypes, Salmo macedonicus and Salmo pelagonicus, and to test whether molecular traits support the species' status proposed by traditional morphological identification. The mitochondrial DNA 12S-rDNA, cyt b and control region genes were sequenced in 15 specimens collected from three localities in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The results of these markers did not support the taxonomic category of species but confirmed the existence of two morphotypes, Salmo trutta macedonicus and Salmo trutta pelagonicus, in the Aegean–Adriatic lineages of the Salmo trutta species complex.

Keywords: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYRM); morphotypes; mtDNA

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2010.02595.x

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Biotechnical Science, 7000 Bitola, Macedonia 2: Dipartimento di Biologia Animale ‘G. Reverberi’, Universit√† di Palermo, via Archirafi 18, 90123 Palermo, Italy

Publication date: April 1, 2010

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