First data on genetic relationships between eleven species of West African Mormyridae (Teleostei, Osteichthyes)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1992
Authors:J. F. Agnese, Bigorne R.
Journal:Revue d'Hydrobiologie Tropicale
Keywords:description; zoogeography, Evolution and Adaptation; General Life Studies; Genetics; Population Genetics (Population Studies); Systematics and Taxonomy

Enzyme variability at 16 presumptive loci was studied by standard starch gel electrophoresis in 22 samples of eleven species belonging to five genera of the Mormyridae family. Species of Petrocephalus and Marcusenius are genetically well individualized while those of genera Mormyrops, Hippopotamyrus and Pollimyrus are closely related. The results presented here are a first approach of the genetic relationships within the family. They show that enzymatic studies might allow to clarify evolutionary history and systematic relationships within the Mormyridae family.

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