Ubiquity of Sicyopterus lagocephalus (Teleostei: Gobioidei) and phylogeography of the genus Sicyopterus in the Indo-Pacific area inferred from mitochondrial cytochrome b gene - Archive ouverte HAL Access content directly
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Ubiquity of Sicyopterus lagocephalus (Teleostei: Gobioidei) and phylogeography of the genus Sicyopterus in the Indo-Pacific area inferred from mitochondrial cytochrome b gene

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Abstract

Sicyopterus lagocephalus is a Gobiidae Sicydiinae (Teleostei) thought to inhabit Indo-Pacific island rivers from Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean to Australs Islands (French Polynesia) in the Pacific Ocean. Its biological cycle comprises a marine planctonic larval phase of several months allowing it to migrate from island to island, but the other species of the genus, with such a larval stage, have generally a more restricted range and are often endemic. To understand the organisation of a species with such a wide distribution, mtDNA cytochrome b sequences were amplified for 55 specimens of this genus covering most of its distribution range together with six close endemic species and other gobiids used as outgroups. The main result is the confirmation of the ubiquity of S. lagocephalus that occurs over a range of 18,000 km in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Two clades were identified within this species, one clustering most of French Polynesian haplotypes and the other clustering most of Mascarene (including Comoros) haplotypes. The overall pattern of distribution and phylogenetic relationship suggests that the lineages leading to endemic species originated earlier than S. lagocephalus. This latter seems to be a secondary migrant species, having colonised both Indian and Pacific Oceans with a few exceptions, situated at the border of the range (Madagascar, Marquesas, Rapa). According to the results, the phylogeny of the Sicyopterus group, the age of the different lineages and the past history of the colonisation of the Indo-Pacific islands are discussed.

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halsde-00327770 , version 1 (09-10-2008)

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Philippe Keith, Thomas Galewski, G. Cattaneo-Berrebi, Thierry B. Hoareau, Patrick Berrebi. Ubiquity of Sicyopterus lagocephalus (Teleostei: Gobioidei) and phylogeography of the genus Sicyopterus in the Indo-Pacific area inferred from mitochondrial cytochrome b gene. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 2005, 37 (3), pp.721-732. ⟨10.1016/j.ympev.2005.07.023⟩. ⟨halsde-00327770⟩
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