Phylogeography of the copepod Calanoides carinatus s.l. (Krøyer) reveals cryptic species and delimits C. carinatus s.s. distribution in SW Atlantic Ocean

Published in Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, v. 469:97-104

Viñas, M.D., Blanco-Bercial, L., Bucklin, A., Verheye, H., Bersano, J.G.F. and Ceballos, S.

Publication year 2015
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo Pesquero, Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras, Paseo Victoria Ocampo No. 1, B7602HSA, Mar del Plata, Argentina
  • Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut, 1080 Shennecossett Road, Groton CT 06340, USA
  • Oceans and Coastal Research, Department of Environmental Affairs, P.O. Box 52126, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town 8000, South Africa
  • University of Cape Town, Marine Research Institute, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701 Cape Town, South Africa
  • Laboratorio de Zooplâncton, Centro de Estudos do Mar, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Av. Beira-mar, s/n, P.O. Box: 61, 83255-976 Pontal do Paraná, PR, Brazil
  • Instituto Español de Oceanografía&mdashCentro Oceanográfico de Gijón, Avda. Príncipe de Asturias 70 bis , 33212 Gijón, Spain


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Calanoides carinatus sensu lato (s.l.) (Krøyer, 1848) is known to occur in the North and South Atlantic, Indian, and tropical western Pacific Oceans, and the Mediterranean Sea. In highly productive areas, this species may dominate the copepod biomass and occupy a pivotal position in the pelagic food webs that support commercial fisheries. Despite the species' ecological importance, its taxonomic status and biogeographic range are not certain. An international collaborative project was carried out to examine the molecular phylogeography and population genetics of C. carinatus of the Atlantic Ocean. A total of 55 specimens were identified from 13 samples collected from neritic populations of the SW (23°S&ndash47°S), SE (16°S&ndash34°S) and NE (11°N&ndash44°N) Atlantic Ocean. A 708 base-pair (bp) region of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (mtCOI) gene was amplified. DNA sequences were trimmed to a final aligned length of 484 bp for analysis. A parsimony haplotype network (constructed with TCS Ver. 1.2.1) had no shared haplotypes between the SE and SW Atlantic samples. In contrast, SE and NE Atlantic samples had broadly shared haplotypes, although several individuals from the NE Atlantic had very divergent haplotypes. Based on all samples analyzed, neutrality tests were both positive and significant (Tajima's D = 2.374, p < 0.05 Fu's FS = 29.378, p < 0.001) and haplotype diversity (Hd) was 0.81. NE and SE Atlantic samples were pooled for analysis (based on average pairwise Tamura-Nei distance between C. carinatus s.l. individuals = 0.024). Between SW and NE/SE Atlantic populations, average pairwise distance = 0.556 and &phiST = 0.956 (p < 0.0001). Phylogeographic analysis of mtCOI sequence variation indicates that C. carinatus s.l. comprises two genetically divergent and geographically distinct species. Since the type locality of the species is in Brazilian waters, we consider the SW Atlantic type to represent C. carinatus sensu stricto (s.s.), with a biogeographical range restricted to the SW Atlantic Ocean. Further, we consider the NE/SE Atlantic type to be an undescribed, cryptic sibling species.