Population genetics and reproductive strategies of two Notostraca (Crustacea) species from winter ponds in Israel

Michal Sorek, Jacob Douek, Tamar Guy-Haim, Noa Simon-Blecher, Baruch Rinkevich, Yair Achituv

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Fluorescent-amplified fragment length polymorphism (FAFLP) fingerprinting assay was used to compare the genetic diversity within and between tadpole shrimps (Notostraca) populations of Lepidurus apus (n=7) and Triops cancriformis (n=2) from rain pools in Israel. Each ephemeral water body has revealed a unique fingerprint pattern with an entailed genetic drift between nearby ponds. High similarity of genotypic diversity within each geographic area led to three clusters of water bodies, north, south and center of Israel. FAFLP assays on several newly hatched individuals of T. cancriformis revealed high identity amongst kin, as compared to L. apus where newly hatched from the same maternal source showed high diversity. Results indicate that T. cancriformis populations from Israel are probably parthenogenetic as indicated by clonal structures. The higher genetic variability in the L. apus populations and in laboratory-hatched specimens indicates the existence of sexual reproduction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-341
Number of pages11
JournalZoology in the Middle East
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • Israel
  • Lepidurus apus lubboki
  • Notostraca
  • Triops cancriformis
  • nature conservation
  • population genetics
  • winter ponds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology


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