Ichthyological Research

, 56:411 | Cite as

Genetic diversity and conservation units in wild and captive populations of endangered freshwater fishes: a case of Hemigrammocypris rasborella in Shizuoka, Japan

  • Katsutoshi Watanabe
  • Naoyuki Kanagawa
  • Ryo Kakioka
  • Takahiko Itai
  • Seiichi Mori
Short Report


Population structure and genetic diversity were examined using partial mitochondrial cytochrome b gene sequences of four wild, one reintroduced, and five captive populations of the endangered cyprinid Hemigrammocypris rasborella from three river systems in the easternmost region of the species’ range in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Honshu, Japan. We detected loss of genetic diversity from portions of the wild and captive populations, as well as suspected nonindigenous haplotypes in some captive, reintroduced, and even wild populations. Given the population structure revealed, we suggest that the populations should be managed with consideration for both the endemism and viability (avoidance of inbreeding depression) of the local populations.


Cyprinidae Captive population Mitochondrial cytochrome b (cyt bNested clade phylogeographic analysis 



We express our sincere thanks to N. Suzuki, H. Mizuno, S. Kaji, H. Narushima, K. Nakano, and M. Kobayashi for providing the specimens, and to M. Nishida for lending us experimental instruments. This study was partially supported by Grants-in-Aid from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, Japan (nos. 18570086 and 21370035).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katsutoshi Watanabe
    • 1
  • Naoyuki Kanagawa
    • 2
  • Ryo Kakioka
    • 1
  • Takahiko Itai
    • 3
  • Seiichi Mori
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Zoology, Division of Biological Science, Graduate School of ScienceKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Fujieda Higashi High SchoolFujiedaJapan
  3. 3.School of Food and Nutritional SciencesUniversity of ShizuokaShizuokaJapan
  4. 4.Biological LaboratoryGifu-Keizai UniversityOgakiJapan

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