Marine Biology

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Phylogeography of the yellowfin goby Acanthogobius flavimanus in native and non-native distributions

  • Shotaro HiraseEmail author
  • Sherrie Chambers
  • Kathryn Hassell
  • Melissa Carew
  • Vincent Pettigrove
  • Kiyoshi Soyano
  • Masaki Nagae
  • Wataru Iwasaki
Original paper


Species introductions have been recognized as one of the principal threats to marine environments worldwide. Comparison of genetic data between native and non-native populations can provide key information, such as origin and population demography during the colonization process, which assists in understanding the mechanisms of invasion success in marine environments. The yellowfin goby, Acanthogobius flavimanus, is a large goby native to northeastern Asia, typically inhabiting muddy bottoms of bays, estuaries, and rivers, and is considered a pest where it has invaded coastal areas of the United States and Australia. Here, we analyzed mitochondrial DNA control region sequences of several yellowfin goby populations from both native and non-native distributions. The phylogenetic tree showed no intra-specific lineages, which is in contrast with previous phylogeographic studies that have shown deep genetic divergence in other coastal marine gobies around the Japanese archipelago. On the other hand, at the population level, we found significant genetic differentiation between northern and southern groups in the native distribution, which may be attributed to a rapid population expansion event of the southern group. Our analyses suggest that the origin of the northern California population is Tokyo Bay, but we were unable to identify the original source populations of the southern California and Melbourne populations. These populations showed greatly differing genetic diversities, suggesting their different demographic histories. This study contributes a new perspective on the genetic diversity of multiple populations of the yellowfin goby, as well as representing an example of the relationships between genetic diversity and invasion success.


Genetic Bottleneck Mismatch Distribution Phylogeographic Structure Southern Group Pelagic Larval Duration 
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The authors thank Kyusyu and Tokushima prefecture lodges of Japan Sport Fishing Foundation, local fishing tackle stores in Japan (Jyosyu-Ya Miyagino store, Point Tokushima store, Anguru Koyaura store, Otaru-fishing PAPA, Kameya-Tsurigu Matsue store), R. Tabata, I. Yokoyama,  S. Hayasaka, and T. Mikekado for providing specimens, and S. Matsui, R. Wilson, C. Hayward, M. Lockett, M. McGrouther, and M. Gomon for providing information about yellowfin goby populations. The authors are grateful to the members of the Iwasaki laboratory for helpful comments on this research. This work was supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (KAKENHI 221S0002 and Project “Construction of the platform for intellectual cooperation”) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (KAKENHI 16H06154 and 26850131). The Australian specimens were collected with support from the Centre for Aquatic Pollution, Identification and Management (CAPIM), Museum Victoria and the Arthur Rylah Institute, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Additional funding support was received from the Australian Academy of Science (Scientific Visits to Japan, International Linkages Program) and the Australian Society for Fish Biology (Early Career Researcher International Travel Award).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed.

Supplementary material

227_2017_3137_MOESM1_ESM.eps (996 kb)
Supplementary Fig. 1. Median-joining network of the 137 haplotypes of the yellowfin goby. Each line between the haplotypes indicates a single nucleotide substitution. Small black circles between haplotypes represent intermediate hypothesized haplotypes. Circle sizes reflect the sum of the haplotype frequencies of all locations (EPS 995 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shotaro Hirase
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Sherrie Chambers
    • 4
  • Kathryn Hassell
    • 4
  • Melissa Carew
    • 4
  • Vincent Pettigrove
    • 4
  • Kiyoshi Soyano
    • 5
  • Masaki Nagae
    • 6
  • Wataru Iwasaki
    • 2
    • 3
    • 7
  1. 1.Fisheries Laboratory, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life SciencesThe University of TokyoHamamatsuJapan
  2. 2.Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of ScienceThe University of TokyoBunkyo-ku, TokyoJapan
  3. 3.Atmosphere and Ocean Research InstituteThe University of TokyoKashiwaJapan
  4. 4.Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management (CAPIM), Biosciences 4University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  5. 5.Institute for East China Sea Research, Organization for Marine Science and TechnologyNagasaki UniversityNagasakiJapan
  6. 6.Faculty of Environmental ScienceNagasaki UniversityNagasakiJapan
  7. 7.Department of Computational Biology and Medical Sciences, Graduate School of Frontier SciencesThe University of TokyoKashiwaJapan

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