Zoological Research ›› 2016, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (2): 103-109.doi: 10.13918/j.issn.2095-8137.2016.2.103

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Huangshan population of Chinese Zacco platypus (Teleostei, Cyprinidae) harbors diverse matrilines and high genetic diversity

Xin ZHENG1,2, Tian-Qi ZHOU1,2, Tao WAN3, Anabel PERDICES4, Jin-Quan YANG1, Xin-Sheng TANG2, Zheng-Ping WANG5, Li-Qun HUANG6, Song HUANG2,3, Shun-Ping HE7   

  1. 1 Key Laboratory of Exploration and Utilization of Aquatic Genetic Resources, Shanghai Ocean University, Ministry of Education, Shanghai 201306, China;
    2 College of Life and Environment Sciences, Huangshan University, Huangshan Anhui 245041, China;
    3 State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming Yunnan 650223, China;
    4 Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, CSIC, C/José Gutiérrez Abascal, 2, 28006 Madrid, Spain;
    5 College of Foreign Languages, Huangshan University, Huangshan Anhui 245041, China;
    6 Landscaping Bureau of Huangshan Scenic Area, Huangshan Anhui 245000, China;
    7 Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan Hubei 430072, China
  • Received:2015-06-18 Revised:2016-02-25 Online:2016-03-18 Published:2016-03-18
  • Contact: Song HUANG, Shun-Ping HE E-mail:snakeman@hsu.edu.cn;clad@ihb.ac.cn
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    This research was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC 30870290, 31071891 and 31471968)


Six main mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) lineages have been described in minnow (Zacco platypus) samples obtained from northern, western and southern China. Perdices et al. (2004) predicted that further sampling of other tributaries might discover more lineages of this species. In this study, we collected 26 Zacco platypus individuals in the Huangshan area of eastern China and determined the cytochrome b (cytb) sequence variations. Combined with reported data in GenBank, we identified ten matrilines (Zacco A-J) in a total of 169 samples, with relatively high molecular divergence found among them. The Huangshan population had the greatest genetic variation among all sampled regions and hosted six of the ten matrilines. Our results highlight the significance of the Huangshan area for the conservation of Zacco platypus.

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