Marine Biodiversity

, Volume 49, Issue 6, pp 2917–2920 | Cite as

A new mtDNA control region haplotype from sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus Linnaeus, 1758: Petromyzontiformes) collected off the Italian Adriatic coast

  • Andrea Petetta
  • Tommaso Righi
  • Andrea Splendiani
  • Massimo Virgili
  • Massimo Giovannotti
  • Alessandro Lucchetti
  • Vincenzo Caputo BarucchiEmail author
Short Communication


Given the lack of genetic information about Mediterranean sea lamprey, taking advantage of recent capture of two individuals in the western Adriatic Sea, molecular analysis of a partial sequence of the mitochondrial DNA control region has been performed on two Mediterranean specimens for the first time. A new haplotype is reported for this species. Furthermore, the finding of both juvenile and adult individuals suggests the presence of suitable rivers for reproduction in the Adriatic region.


D-loop sequencing Genetic diversity Relic populations Endangered species 



This research was supported by funds provided by Università Politecnica delle Marche (Ancona, Italy) to Prof. Vincenzo Caputo Barucchi. The authors wish to thank Dr. Sara Bonanomi for providing one of the two specimens analyzed and fishermen who collaborated with CNR-IRBIM of Ancona.


Financial support for this study was provided by Università Politecnica delle Marche (Ricerca Scientifica d’Ateneo 2018).

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.

Sampling and field studies

All necessary permits for sampling and observational field studies have been obtained by the authors from the competent authorities.

Data availability

The datasets generated during and/or analyzed during the current study are available in the GenBank repository (Accession No. MK531166).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Research Council (CNR), Institute for Biological Resources and Marine Biotechnologies (IRBIM)AnconaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Life and Environmental Sciences (DiSVA)Università Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM)AnconaItaly

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