Heritability of juvenile growth traits in red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus L.) Academic Article uri icon


  • Heritability of juvenile growth rate was estimated for red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus), an economically important sciaenid fish in the southern USA. Thirty-eight families were generated via 'natural' spawning of multiple sets of five breeders (three dams two sires) in individual brood tanks. Offspring were individually tagged with Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags and mixed for grow-out in replicate 'common-garden' tanks. Juvenile growth was followed from 166.418.6 to 254.027.0 mm (total length). Offspring were assigned a posteriori to individual brood fish (dam and sire) based on genotypes at nuclear-encoded microsatellites. Heritability (h 2) of a thermal growth coefficient was estimated using an animal-additive model and a restricted maximum-likelihood algorithm. Estimates of h2 were 0.330.08 and 0.310.08 for thermal growth coefficient based on length and weight respectively. These results indicate a significant genetic component in juvenile growth rate in red drum. Estimates of h2 for condition coefficient (K) at various measurement dates averaged 0.38, suggesting a genetic component to shape in juvenile red drum. 2007 The Authors.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Saillant, E., Ma, L., Wang, X., Gatlin, D., & Gold, J. R.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Saillant, Eric||Ma, Liang||Wang, Xiaoxue||Gatlin, Delbert MIII||Gold, John R

publication date

  • June 2007