, Volume 68, Issue 3, pp 539–545 | Cite as

Identification, phylogenetic relationships and a new maximum size of two rudd populations (Scardinius, Cyprinidae) from the Adriatic Sea drainage, Croatia

  • Damir ValićEmail author
  • Irena Vardić Smrzlić
  • Damir Kapetanović
  • Zlatica Teskeredžić
  • Bruna Pleše
  • Emin Teskeredžić
Section Zoology


In order to determine an unknown fish population from the Vrana Lake, mitochondrial cytochrome b gene and non-coding nuclear region Cyfun P were investigated. Stabile population of Bulldog rudd, Scardinius dergle Heckel & Kner, the endemic Croatian freshwater fish in the Krka River, was genetically characterized with the same markers in order to compare it with the material from the Vrana Lake. Genetic markers were sequenced and aligned with the similar ones obtained from the GenBank in order to determine taxonomic and phylogenetic position of these two species. A significant discrepancy between nuclear genetic markers of our specimens and the sequence from the GenBank was found. Phylogenetic analysis suggested that the specimens from the Vrana Lake belong to the species S. hesperidicus. Morphometric characteristics, the maximum length and body mass showed new maximum values for both S. dergle and S. hesperidicus.

Key words

Cyfun P cytochrome b phylogeny Scardinius dergle Scardinius hesperidicus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Damir Valić
    • 1
    Email author
  • Irena Vardić Smrzlić
    • 1
  • Damir Kapetanović
    • 1
  • Zlatica Teskeredžić
    • 1
  • Bruna Pleše
    • 2
  • Emin Teskeredžić
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory for Aquaculture and Pathology of Aquatic Organisms, Division for Marine and Environmental ResearchRuđer Bošković InstituteZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.Laboratory for Molecular Genetics, Division of Molecular BiologyRuđer Bošković InstituteZagrebCroatia

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