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Volume 72, Issue 6


Parasites as biological tags of divergence in Central European gudgeon populations (Actinopterygii: Cyprinidae: Gobioninae)

Yuriy Kvach
  • Institute of Vertebrate Biology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v.v.i., Květná 8, CZ-60365 Brno Czech Republic
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Published Online: 2017-06-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/biolog-2017-0073


The parasite communities of three gudgeon species (Gobio gobio, Romanogobio belingi and R. vladykovi) were studied in two widely-separated rivers in the Czech Republic (Central Europe), the Bílina River (North Sea drainage) and Velička River (Black Sea drainage). Of the 25 parasite taxa identified, 21 species parasitised G. gobio, 8 species R. belingi and 13 species R. vladykovi. Due to the absence of specialist parasites, differences in the parasite community were mainly determined by the ecological conditions prevalent at the locality, which resulted in an increased similarity between sympatric species rather than between allopatric populations of the same species, i.e. G. gobio. Discriminant analysis showed significant differences between the four gudgeon populations. Five parasite species had significant power to discriminate particular parasite communities: the autogenic ectoparasites Gyrodactylus gobiensis, G. markakulensis and Paradiplozoon homoion; the allogenic endoparasite Metorchis xanthosomus and the autogenic endoparasite Acanthocephalus anguillae. Only G. markakulensis occurred in both allopatric populations of G. gobio. Sympatric gudgeon populations were discriminated mainly by the presence of autogenic parasites, especially those with direct life cycles. Differences in parasite infection level between G. gobio and representatives of Romanogobio may reflect variance in diet and/or habitat use. Allopatric populations differed in the number of allogenic parasite species, which were more frequent in the Velička. Finally, the parasite community of R. belingi from the upper Elbe basin was characterised by a lack of gudgeon specific parasites, possibly supporting its non-indigenous status.

Key words: Gobio; Romanogobio; sympatric species; parasite community; biological tags


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Received: 2017-01-09

Accepted: 2017-03-10

Published Online: 2017-06-30

Published in Print: 2017-06-27

Citation Information: Biologia, Volume 72, Issue 6, Pages 671–679, ISSN (Online) 1336-9563, ISSN (Print) 0006-3088, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/biolog-2017-0073.

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