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Aquatic Ecology

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 99–104 | Cite as

Prussian carp Carassius gibelio: a silent invader arriving to the Iberian Peninsula

  • Filipe Ribeiro
  • Kateřina Rylková
  • Raquel Moreno-Valcárcel
  • Carlos Carrapato
  • Lukáš Kalous
Article

Abstract

In the last decades, the invasive Prussian carp, Carassius gibelio, has been detected in most of the European countries. The Prussian carp has been undetected in many European countries since it is morphologically indistinct from the long-established goldfish Carassius auratus. In this study, genetic markers were used to identify the Prussian carp in several locations of the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain). The presence of polyploid C. gibelio is confirmed for the first time in Iberian Peninsula, in four large river systems (Guadalquivir, Guadiana, Tagus and Douro). The introduction of C. gibelio to these Iberian drainages is discussed in light of the potential vector to the Iberian Peninsula.

Keywords

Silent invader Cytochrome b Prussian carp Carassius auratus complex Spain Portugal 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The Portuguese Science Foundation supported F. Ribeiro (SFRH/BPD/46761/2008). The authors appreciate the help of A. Veríssimo during fish sampling. We are also thankful to O. Weyl who greatly impoved an early version of this manuscipt. Work was supported by the Grant Agency of Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CIGA) Project No. 20132016.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Filipe Ribeiro
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kateřina Rylková
    • 3
  • Raquel Moreno-Valcárcel
    • 4
  • Carlos Carrapato
    • 5
  • Lukáš Kalous
    • 3
  1. 1.Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Faculdade de CiênciasUniversidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Museu Nacional de História Natural e da CiênciaUniversidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  3. 3.Department of Zoology and Fisheries, Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural ResourcesCzech University of Life Sciences PraguePrague 6, SuchdolCzech Republic
  4. 4.Department of Zoology, Charles Darwin Building, 3rd Floor, Universitary Campus of RabanalesUniversity of CórdobaCórdobaSpain
  5. 5.Parque Natural do Vale do GuadianaInstituto da Conservação da Natureza e das FlorestasMértolaPortugal

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