Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 477–484 | Cite as

Cytogenetic characterisation of the ornamental freshwater fish, Piabucus melanostomus (Iguanodectinae) from Brazilian wetlands and its relation with species of Characidae basal group

  • E. Lourenço da Silva
  • D. Piscor
  • J. M. Ponzeto
  • L. Centofante
  • A. L. Alves
  • P. P. Parise-Maltempi
Research Paper


The genus Piabucus is the only member of the subfamily Iguanodectinae found in the Pantanal of Mato Grosso State, where it is represented by Piabucus melanostomus. P. melanostomus from the Paraguay and Bento Gomes Rivers of the Pantanal wetlands were analysed using conventional and molecular cytogenetic techniques to cytogenetically characterise the species and broaden the knowledge of the subfamily. The results indicated no sex-related heteromorphisms. The diploid number for the species was 2n = 50 chromosomes, which were divided into six metacentric, eight submetacentric, 24 subtelocentric, and 12 acrocentric with a fundamental number (FN) of 88. Heterochromatin was visualised using the C-banding technique, which showed that it was mainly distributed in the centromeric and pericentromeric region of most chromosomes, but larger blocks were observed on the long arms of large subtelocentric chromosomes (8, 9, 10, 13, and 20 pairs). Nucleolar organising regions (Ag-NOR) were observed in the p-subterminal region of one subtelocentric chromosome pair (9) with a remarkable size polymorphism between homologues in individuals from the Paraguay River, which was confirmed using the FISH technique with 18S rDNA. In this population, in all individuals studied, one of the homologous shows block considerably larger. The karyotype was compared with those of other subfamilies considered basal in Characidae, according to morphological data.


Chromosome Karyotypic evolution 18S rDNA 



The authors are grateful to Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) and Fundação de Apoio a Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP) for the financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Lourenço da Silva
    • 1
  • D. Piscor
    • 1
  • J. M. Ponzeto
    • 1
  • L. Centofante
    • 2
  • A. L. Alves
    • 1
    • 3
  • P. P. Parise-Maltempi
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Biologia, Laboratório de CitogenéticaInstituto de Biociências, UNESP Univ Estadual Paulista “Julio de Mesquita Filho”Rio ClaroBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Biologia e Zoologia, Laboratório de Citogenética AnimalInstituto de Biociências, UFMT Univ Federal de Mato GrossoCuiabáBrazil
  3. 3.Embrapa Pesca e AquiculturaPalmasBrazil

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