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CAO Liang, SONG Xuelin, ZHANG E. The first mitogenome of the Nile pufferfish Tetraodon lineatus from Lake Turkana in East Africa: new insights into the genus[J]. Journal of Oceanology and Limnology, 2020, 38(2): 490-502

The first mitogenome of the Nile pufferfish Tetraodon lineatus from Lake Turkana in East Africa: new insights into the genus

CAO Liang1,3, SONG Xuelin1,2, ZHANG E1,3
1 Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430072, China;
2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China;
3 Sino-Africa Joint Research Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430074, China
A complete mitogenome of T. lineatus from Lake Turkana in the Kenyan part was determined. It had a length of 16 470 bp, including 37 genes as found in teleosts with the typical gene order in these fishes. Mitogenomic comparison and phylogenetic analysis supported not only the morphology-based recognition of the pufferfish specimen from Lake Turkana as the Nile pufferfish, but also the identification of the Chinese specimen recently recorded as T. lineatus and its African source. The mitochondrial genome here amplified for the sample of T. lineatus from Lake Turkana also provides conclusive molecular evidence for the monophyletic nature of Tetraodon s.s., as it serves as a reference genome of this species used to clarify ambiguity in its identification in previous molecular studies.
Key words:    Tetraodon lineatus|Kenya|mtDNA|phylogenetic analysis   
Received: 2019-03-06   Revised: 2019-04-28
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