Correlations of allele frequencies with physical and environmental variables for populations of largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides (Lacepede)

D. P. Philipp, W. F. Childers, G. S. Whitt

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Abstract

Differences in the biochemical genetic structure of each of 90 populations of largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides (Lacepede), were detected by vertical starch gel electrophoresis. The allele frequencies at each of 28 enzyme loci were tested for correlation with 24 physical and environmental variables determined for each body of water from which the populations were sampled. The allele frequencies at several loci (malate dehydrogenase‐B, isocitrate dehydrogenase‐B, superoxide dismutase‐A, and aspartate aminotransferase‐B) were highly significantly correlated (P≤0.000l) with several physical and environmental variables (latitude, heating degree‐days, cooling degree‐days, and the length of the growing season). These correlations are consistent with the hypothesis that allelic differences at specific enzyme loci can confer different degrees of fitness in different thermal environments. Additional laboratory and field studies will be required to determine the extent to which allelic variants at a given enzyme locus contribute to thermal tolerance and thermal preference of largemouth bass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-365
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science

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