Otwoma, Levy Michael and Reuter, Hauke ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7751-9244 (2019) Do differences in mating behaviour lead to differences in connectivity patterns of reef fishes? Insights from two sympatric surgeonfish species in the Indian Ocean. Marine Environmental Research, 151 . p. 104760.

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Disentangling the contribution of biotic and abiotic factors in the structuring of the genetic diversity of reef species is critical to illuminate the diversification of evolutionary lineages in marine environment. Howevr, previous studies have mainly focused on determining the influence of pelagic larval duration on the connectivity and demographic history of reef fishes, whereas few studies have examined the effects of other biotic factors, such as mating behaviour and habitat preference. Here, we use mitochondrial DNA (ATPase 6/8) and ten microsatellite loci to compare the population genetic structure and demographic history of the spawning aggregating Acanthurus triostegus with the monogamous spawning Acanthurus leucosternon. Pairwise comparisons and discriminant analysis of principal components showed that the genetic structuring patterns of the two species are not consistent with the influence of mating behaviour, suggesting the possible role of other biotic and abiotic factors. However, demographic history estimates revealed that these species may have responded differently to sea level fluctuations during the glacial maxima.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: PA2
Keywords: Mating behaviour, Habitat preference, Genetic diversity, Demographic expansion, ,
Research affiliation: Integrated Modelling > Spatial Ecology and Interactions
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2020 11:24
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2021 12:51
URI: http://cris.leibniz-zmt.de/id/eprint/4152

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