Genetic diversity and historical demography of kuruma shrimp (Penaeus japonicus) species complex off China based on mitochondrial DNA analysis

Chun Han Shih, Hsien Lu Haung, Ta Jen Chu, Ying Chou Lee, Ching-Ming James Wang, Tzong Der Tzeng

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Two varieties (I and II) of kuruma shrimp (Penaeus japonicus) were found in the north of South China Sea (SCS) and Taiwan Strait (TS). To estimate the demographic history and genetic diversity of this species complex off China, 141 individuals were collected from the East China Sea (ECS), TS and SCS and 27 variety 2 specimens from SCS were also sampled for comparison. Sequence analyses on fragments of 454-bp at 5' end of mitochondrial DNA control region were conducted. Neighbor-joining tree and network of all populations yielded two clades; one included variety I individuals, the other comprised variety II. The variety II could also be found in ECS. The haplotype diversity (h) for variety I was high for all populations (99.9%), with values from 99.3% (ECS) to 1 (SCS). Nucleotide diversity (π) for variety I was low for all populations (0.0321), with values from 0.0285 (TS) to 0.0361 (ECS). The h and π for variety II were 1 and 0.0446, respectively. Analyses of molecular variance and FST revealed no significant genetic structure for variety I populations. Neutrality tests and mismatch distribution analyses suggested a late Pleistocene population expansion for both variety I (62,132 to 86,605 years ago) and variety II (94,464 to 146,655 years ago) of kuruma shrimp off China.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1065-1072
Number of pages8
JournalAfrican Journal of Biotechnology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Feb 14



  • Control region
  • Historical demography
  • Mitochondrial DNA
  • Penaeus japonicus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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