Ocean Science Journal

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 101–106 | Cite as

Identification of Albula sp. (Albulidae: Albuliformes) Leptocephalus Collected from the Southern Coastal Waters of Korea using Cytochrome b DNA Sequences

  • Byung-Jik Kim
  • Sung KimEmail author
  • Hyun-Seok Seo
  • Jina Oh


A single specimen ofAlbula leptocephalus (55.7 mm SL) was collected from the southern coastal waters of Korea using an aquatic lamp. It is characterized by having a ribbonlike body with a small head and a well-forked caudal fin. Although the general appearance was similar to the leptocephalus ofA. vulpes including myomere counts and fin ray counts, the melanophore deposition was different from that ofA. vulpes. This leptocephalus specimen was confirmed withA. forsteri using the cytochrome b mtDNA (Cytb) analysis. The genetic distance ofCytb between the present leptocephalus andA. forsteri is 0.006-0.038, which falls into the cutoff point separatingAlbula species into eight deep lineages including the four valid species. Its genetic characteristic have more similarities to those of Fiji than those of Hawaii and the Northern territory of Australia.

Key words

Albula forsteri cytochrome b mitochondrial DNA Jeju Island 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Byung-Jik Kim
    • 1
  • Sung Kim
    • 2
    Email author
  • Hyun-Seok Seo
    • 2
  • Jina Oh
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute of Biological ResourcesEnvironmental Research ComplexKorea
  2. 2.Marine Living Resources Research DepartmentKORDIKorea

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