Multiple recent colonizations of the Australian region by the Chydorus sphaericus group (Crustacea Cladocera)

Dmitry P. Karabanov, Eugeniya I. Bekker, Petr G. Garibian, Russell J. Shiel, Tsuyoshi Kobayashi, Derek J. Taylor, Alexey A. Kotov

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    Biotic introductions are an ongoing disruption for many ecosystems. For passively dispersed freshwater zooplankton, transcontinental introductions have been common but are poorly studied in the southern hemisphere. Here we assess the hypothesis of recent introduction for populations of the Chydorus sphaericus group (Crustacea: Cladocera) in Australia. We analyzed 254 sequences (63 original sequences) from the cytochrome oxidase I region of mitochondrial DNA of Chydorus sp., which included global representation. Three Australian populations were connected with separate clades in the northern hemisphere, suggesting multiple colonization events for Australia. The timescale of the divergences was consistent with recent (Quaternary) dispersal. As Australian populations are exposed to migrating birds from the northern hemisphere, both avian and anthropogenic sources are candidates for dispersal vectors. We concluded that recent cross-hemisphere dispersal in the Chydorus sphaericus group is more common than previously believed. 
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number594
    JournalWater (Switzerland)
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2022


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