Current Zoology(formerly Acta Zoologica Sinica),   Aug. 2007, 53(4): 641 - 650
Title: Molecular phylogenetic relationship of Carangidae based on the sequences of complete mitochondrial cytochrome b gene
Authors: ZHU Shi-Hua, ZHENG Wen-Juan, ZOU Ji-Xing, YANG Ying-Chun, SHEN Xi-Quan
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 Complete Cyt b gene sequences (1 141 bp) of 9 species of 8 genera from the Carangidae and Pomadasys maculates in the China Sea were cloned and sequenced. Together with homologous sequences of 14 species of 4 genera from the Carangidae in USA, Angola, Greece and Panama Sea downloaded from GenBank, molecular phylogenetic trees were reconstructed by maximum parsimony (MP) and neighbor-joining (NJ) methods using Pomadasys maculates as the designated outgroup. The phylogenetic analysis showed that: (1)  classifying the Carangidae into four subfamilies Caranginae, Seriolinae, Trachinotinae and Chorineminae was acceptable; (2) it is incorrect to define subgenus in Caranx of Caranginae; (3) Alepes djedaba and Alepes kleinii have a close relationship, so they belong to the same genus; (4) nominating Trachinotus blochii as Trachinotus ovatus in the current systematic synopsis of fishes in China is not approporiate and thus should be revised accordingly[Acta Zoologica Sinica 53(4):641–650, 2007].

Keywords: Carangidae, Complete cytochrome b gene, Phylogeny

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