Analyses of nuclear ldhA gene and mtDNA control region sequences of Atlantic northern bluefin tuna populations. Academic Article uri icon


  • There has been considerable debate about whether the Atlantic northern bluefin tuna exist as a single panmictic unit. We have addressed this issue by examining both mitochondrial DNA control region nucleotide sequences and nuclear gene ldhA allele frequencies in replicate size or year class samples of northern bluefin tuna from the Mediterranean Sea and the northwestern Atlantic Ocean. Pairwise comparisons of multiple year class samples from the 2 regions provided no evidence for population subdivision. Similarly, analyses of molecular variance of both mitochondrial and ldhA data revealed no significant differences among or between samples from the 2 regions. These results demonstrate the importance of analyzing multiple year classes and large sample sizes to obtain accurate estimates when using allele frequencies to characterize a population. It is important to note that the absence of genetic evidence for population substructure does not unilaterally constitute evidence of a single panmictic population, as genetic differentiation can be prevented by large population sizes and by migration.

published proceedings

  • Mar Biotechnol (NY)

author list (cited authors)

  • Ely, B., Stoner, D. S., Bremer, A., Dean, J. M., Addis, P., Cau, A., ... Quattro, J. M.

citation count

  • 24

complete list of authors

  • Ely, B||Stoner, DS||Bremer, Alvarado JR||Dean, JM||Addis, P||Cau, A||Thelen, EJ||Jones, WJ||Black, DE||Smith, L||Scott, K||Naseri, I||Quattro, JM

publication date

  • January 2002