Genes & Genomics

, Volume 40, Issue 11, pp 1137–1148 | Cite as

Complete mitochondrial genome of freshwater goby Rhinogobius cliffordpopei (Perciformes, Gobiidae): genome characterization and phylogenetic analysis

  • Liqiang ZhongEmail author
  • Minghua Wang
  • Daming Li
  • Shengkai Tang
  • Tongqing Zhang
  • Wenji Bian
  • Xiaohui ChenEmail author
Research Article


Freshwater gobies Rhinogobius cliffordpopei and R. giurinus are invasive species with particular concern because they have become dominant and were fierce competitors in the invaded areas in Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau (southwest of China). Information about genetic characteristics of R. giurinus have been published, but there were still no relevant reports about R. cliffordpopei. In present study, the complete mitochondrial genome of R. cliffordpopei was determined, which was 16,511 bp in length with A + T content of 51.1%, consisting of 13 protein-coding genes, 22 tRNAs, 2 ribosomal RNAs, and a control region. The gene composition and the structural arrangement of the R. cliffordpopei complete mtDNA were identical to most of other teleosts. Phylogenetic analyses placed R. cliffordpopei in a well-supported monophyletic cluster with other Rhinogobius fish. But the phylogenetic relationship between genus Rhinogobius and Tridentiger remained to be resolved.


Rhinogobius cliffordpopei Mitochondrial genome Gobiidae Phylogenetic analysis 



This work was supported by China Agriculture Research System (CARS-46), Human Resources and Social Security of Jiangsu Province (2014-NY-008), Major project of hydrobios resources in Jiangsu province (ZYHB16-3), and the Inland Water Fishery Resources Monitoring Program of Jiangsu Province (2017–2018).

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Conflict of interest

Liqiang Zhong, Minghua Wang, Daming Li, Shengkai Tang, Tongqing Zhang, Wenji Bian and Xiaohui Chen declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

The research was conducted in the absence of any ethical issue on aquatic animal research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Fisheries Resources in Inland Water of Jiangsu ProvinceFreshwater Fisheries Research Institute of Jiangsu ProvinceNanjingChina

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