AFSC/ABL: Rockfish allozyme species identification (Sebastes aleutianus and borealis)

Metadata Updated: November 17, 2018

Rougheye rockfish (Sebastes aleutianus) and shortraker rockfish (Sebastes borealis) were collected from the Washington coast, the Gulf of Alaska, the southern Bering Sea, and the eastern Kamchatka coast of Russia (areas encompassing most of their geographic distribution) for population genetic analyses. Using starch gel electrophoresis, we analyzed 1027 rougheye rockfish and 615 shortraker rockfish for variation at 29 protein coding loci. No genetic heterogeneity was found among shortraker rockfish throughout the sampled regions, although shortraker in the Aleutian Islands region, captured at deeper depths, were found to be significantly smaller in size than the shortraker caught in shallower waters from Southeast Alaska. Genetic analysis of the rougheye rockfish revealed two evolutionary lineages that exist in sympatry with little or no gene flow between them. When analyzed as two distinct species, neither lineage exhibited heterogeneity among regions. Sebastes aleutianus seems to inhabit waters throughout the Gulf of Alaska and more southern waters, whereas S. sp. cf. aleutianus inhabits waters throughout the Gulf of Alaska, Aleutian Islands, and Asia. The distribution of the two rougheye rockfish lineages may be related to depth where they are sympatric. The paler color morph, S. aleutianus, is found more abundantly in shallower waters and the darker color morph, Sebastes sp. cf. aleutianus, inhabits deeper waters. Sebastes sp. cf. aleutianus, also exhibited a significantly higher prevalence of two parasites, N. robusta and T. trituba, than did Sebastes aleutianus, in the 2001 samples, indicating a possible difference in habitat and (or) resource use between the two lineages.

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Metadata Date February 28, 2018
Metadata Created Date May 31, 2016
Metadata Updated Date November 17, 2018
Reference Date(s) December 1, 2005 (publication)
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Metadata Date February 28, 2018
Metadata Created Date May 31, 2016
Metadata Updated Date November 17, 2018
Reference Date(s) December 1, 2005 (publication)
Responsible Party Alaska Fisheries Science Center (Point of Contact, Custodian)
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Bbox East Long -125.2
Bbox North Lat 60.5
Bbox South Lat 47.6
Bbox West Long 171.4
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Temporal Extent Begin 1993
Temporal Extent End 2001

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