Morphological variation between red mullet populations in Greece

Journal of Fish Biology (Impact Factor: 1.66). 03/2005; 52(1):107 - 117. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.1998.tb01556.x


Morphometric variation in 15 characters of the red mullet Mullus barbatus samples from seven Greek localities was examined using multivariate analysis. ANOVA, stepwise discriminant analysis and cluster analysis revealed a rather high morphological variability between the populations studied. The discriminant analysis revealed that about 80% of the examined fish could be correctly classified into the seven areas. This variability could be explained in terms of genetic structuring of the populations and/or environmental conditions prevailing in each geographic area in combination with fish migration and egg/larvae transportation from one area to another. The results suggest that multivariate analysis when combined with other important biological parameters of red mullet may have important implications for the management of the Greek demersal fish resources.

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