Effects of recruitment on genetic patchiness in the urchin Echinometra mathaei in Western Australia

Robyn Watts, Michael S Johnson, Robert Black

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Abstract

Enzyme polymorphisms in the sea urchinEchinometra mathaei were examined to test the relative influences of population turnover and patchiness in recruitment on genetic heterogeneity. We found that the total variance in allelic frequency among three populations separated by approximately 4 km at Rottnest Island, Western Australia (collected in February 1985) is as large as that among five additional samples collected over a distance of 1 300 km along the Western Australian coast in August 1987. This suggests that the forces causing genetic differentiation act on a local scale and occur in a single generation. A comparison of sites with different histories of recruitment indicates that the observed genetic differences among age groups are the result of prerecruitment effects, and that differences among sites reflect their individual histories of recruitment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-151
Number of pages7
JournalMarine Biology: international journal on life in oceans and coastal waters
Volume105
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Feb 1995
Externally publishedYes

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