Biodiversity Science ›› 2016, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (8): 888-895.doi: 10.17520/biods.2016079

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Species identification and phylogenetic relationship of Thryssa species in the coastal waters of China

Jing Zhang1, 4, Yuan Li2, Na Song1, Longshan Lin2, Tianxiang Gao3, *()   

  1. 1 Fisheries College, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, Shandong 266003
    2 Laboratory of Marine Biology and Ecology, Third Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, Xiamen, Fujian 361005
    3 School of Fishery, Zhejiang Ocean University, Zhoushan, Zhejiang 316000
    4 Fisheries College, Jimei University, Xiamen, Fujian 361021
  • Received:2016-03-22 Accepted:2016-05-13 Online:2016-09-02
  • Gao Tianxiang

Six Thryssa species were collected from Chinese coastal waters for morphological description and phylogenetic relationships analysis. Results indicated that the position of maxillary extend and number of lower gill rake in the first gill rake were the main morphological characteristics for the identification of six Thryssa species. Mitochondrial COI gene fragments were amplified and sequenced for thirty individuals of Thryssa species. A 525 bp sequence was obtained, containing 175 variable sites, which determines 172 parsimony informative sites, 3 singleton sites, no indels/deletions, 182 transitions, and 57 transversions. An obvious anti-G biasness was noted from the base composition of A and T higher than that of G and C. Comparing homologous sequences from GenBank with our study validates that there are variations among Thryssa species based on the COI sequence. Moreover ten absolute groups were also identified in all sequences based on genetic differences in amino acids and genetic distances between groups. However, this requires further investigation to determine whether there are uncovered cryptic species. The NJ tree indicated that T. setirostris was the first species derived from the genus, and sequences of T. mystax were disorderly clustered with that of T. vitrirostris. The divergence date of Thryssa species presented here is early Miocene. It is suggested that more molecular markers be needed to clarify variations in T. mystax and T. vitrirostris in the future.

Key words: Thryssa, phylogenetic relationship, DNA barcoding, genetic distance, morphology

Table 1

Information of Thryssa samples and sequences in this study"

本研究 This study 引用序列号
Accession no.
Sampling sites
Sampling time
T. kammalensis
Jinjiang, Fujian
2014.3 CB1-CB5 EF607590-607596, JN813096, JQ738607-738609, KF951618, KP260469, KP260453
T. mystax
Dongying, Shandong
2009.10 ZH1-ZH5 ———
T. dussumieri
Zhangzhou, Fujian
2013.5 DS1-DS5 JX983287-983289
T. setirostris
Quanzhou, Fujian
2013.5 CH1-CH5 EF607597-607599, EU541324, JF494684-494688
T. hamiltonii
Jinjiang, Fujian
2013.11 HS1-HS5 EF607588, EF607589, JQ681498, EU148567-148570
T. vitrirostris
Jiangmen, Guangdong
2013.3 HW1-HW5 JF494689-494693

Table 2

Range of standard length and meristic values of the samples of six Thryssa species"

Fig. 1

Phylogenetic tree of Thryssa vitrirostris and T. mystax based on all haplotypes. Shared haplotypes are in the box."

Table 3

Base composition and number of haplotypes of mitochondrial COI gene segment in six Thryssa species"

种类 Species 碱基组成 Nucleotide composition (%) 单倍型数量
Number of haplotypes
T(U) C A G
赤鼻棱鳀 T. kammalensis 31.6 25.3 25.5 17.5 1
中颌棱鳀 T. mystax 30.3 26.1 26.1 17.5 2
杜氏棱鳀 T. dussumieri 28.4 26.2 26.6 18.8 2
长颌棱鳀 T. setirostris 28.8 27.1 25.3 18.9 2
汉氏棱鳀 T. hamiltonii 30.3 25.1 25.0 19.6 2
黄吻棱鳀 T. vitrirostris 30.3 26.1 26.1 17.5 3
平均 Average 29.9 26.1 25.5 18.5 -

Fig. 2

Phylogenetic tree of Thryssa species based on neighbor-joining method"

Table 4

Genetic distances within and among groups, the divergence dates between ten groups based on COI gene"

Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
Group 5
Group 6
Group 7
Group 8
Group 9
Group 10
组群1 Group 1 0.001 2.83 2.75 13.58 15.75 15.25 15.33 15.08 13.92 14.50
组群2 Group 2 0.034 0.001 4.00 14.42 15.17 14.00 14.42 15.00 15.33 15.83
组群3 Group 3 0.033 0.048 - 13.58 14.50 14.92 16.75 16.17 14.83 15.50
组群4 Group 4 0.163 0.173 0.163 0.004 15.50 16.08 17.33 14.75 16.25 16.33
组群5 Group 5 0.189 0.182 0.174 0.186 0.002 16.83 17.83 15.83 15.42 17.00
组群6 Group 6 0.183 0.168 0.179 0.193 0.202 0.001 12.25 15.50 15.50 16.33
组群7 Group 7 0.184 0.173 0.201 0.208 0.214 0.147 0.003 14.25 15.92 16.17
组群8 Group 8 0.181 0.180 0.194 0.177 0.190 0.186 0.171 0.003 17.42 16.08
组群9 Group 9 0.167 0.184 0.178 0.195 0.185 0.186 0.191 0.209 - 13.67
组群10 Group 10 0.174 0.190 0.186 0.196 0.204 0.196 0.194 0.193 0.164 0.001
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