Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 96, Issue 9, pp 1087–1099 | Cite as

Population genetic structures of three congeneric species of coastal pelagic fishes (Arripis: Arripidae) with extensive larval, post-settlement and adult movements



The population genetic structures of three congeneric coastal pelagic marine fishes (Arripis trutta, A. truttaceus and A. georgianus) were investigated to determine whether these structures were consistent with the apparently high gene flow life histories of these species. This investigation used fragment length polymorphisms at two to four nDNA intron loci (amplified by EPIC-PCR) in samples of each species collected from across their entire Australian distributions. The results revealed no evidence of genetic subdivision in any species based on an analysis of variation either across samples (with multilocus F ST values ranging from effectively zero to 0.005), or between pairs of samples. These findings, when considered in combination with other available evidence, are consistent with the view that each of these species represents a rare example of a coastal fish species that is genetically homogeneous over a vast area, including the entire geographic range (A. truttaceus and A. georgianus) or Australian distribution (A. trutta).


EPIC-PCR Leeuwin current East Australian current Migratory High gene-flow Australian salmon 



We are grateful to E. Sezmiş, N. Philips, F. Brigg and M. Hale for valuable advice on many aspects of this work. We thank S. Hoeksema, B. Chuwen, D. Wheatcroft, K. Armstrong, J. Stewart, J. Hughes and P. & M. Selim (Selim Fisheries) for assistance in sourcing specimens. This work complies with the current laws of Australia and was conducted under Murdoch University Animal Ethics Approval W1199/2006. Funding was provided by Murdoch University and the Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research, Murdoch University.


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  1. 1.Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research, School of Biological Sciences and BiotechnologyMurdoch UniversityMurdochAustralia
  2. 2.Fish Section, Department of Aquatic ZoologyWestern Australian MuseumWelshpoolAustralia

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