Biodiv Sci ›› 2011, Vol. 19 ›› Issue (6): 815-833.DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1003.2011.19125

Special Issue: 中国的海洋生物多样性

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Genetic diversity of marine animals in China: a summary and prospec- tiveness

Zhaoxia Cui, Huan Zhang, Linsheng Song*(), Feng You*()   

  1. Key Laboratory of Experimental Marine Biology, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao 266071
  • Received:2011-07-26 Accepted:2011-11-19 Online:2011-11-20 Published:2011-12-19
  • Contact: Linsheng Song,Feng You


Genetic diversity can reflect the origin and evolution of species. It can also inform the practices of genetic conservation, breeding and genetic improvement, even stabilization of marine ecosystem. In the past two decades, accumulating studies have focused on the genetic diversity of major marine fish and shellfish in China. Here we summarize the achievements of this area and its application to taxonomy, germplasm identification, phylogenetic evolutionary biology, analysis of population genetic structure, genetic breeding and so on. We hope to provide new insights into research on genetic diversity of marine animals, and promote the healthy development of the aquaculture industry in order to achieve the management and sustainable use of marine animals.

Key words: marine animals, genetic diversity, molecular marker