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Natural hybridization between Murray cod, Maccullochella peelii peelii (Mitchell) and trout cod, Maccullochella macquariensis (Cuvier) (Percichthyidae) in the Murray River, Australia

JW Douglas, GJ Gooley, BA Ingram, ND Murray and LD Brown

Marine and Freshwater Research 46(4) 729 - 734
Published: 1995


Hybridization is confirmed between two wild, naturally sympatric populations of Murray cod, Maccullochella peelii peelii, and trout cod, M. macquariensis, from the Murray River, Australia. Electrophoretic comparisons of proteins in muscle and liver tissues from trout cod, Murray cod, an artificially produced hybrid of Murray cod and trout cod, and putative wild hybrids from the Murray River indicated that the last group were first-generation interspecific hybrids. This is the first record of hybridization between naturally occumng populations of these two species. Naturally occurring wild populations of both trout cod and Murray cod are nonetheless genetically distinct and there is no evidence of introgression between the species. These findings have some implications for management policies and practices in relation to both species, and these are discussed.

© CSIRO 1995

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