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Asymmetric hybridization between two species of sunfishes (Lepomis: Centrarchidae)

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  • B. R. KONKLE,

    1. Center for Aquatic Ecology, Illinois Natural History Survey, 607 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820 and Department of Animal Sciences, 328 Mumford Hall, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
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  • D. P. PHILIPP

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    1. Center for Aquatic Ecology, Illinois Natural History Survey, 607 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820 and Department of Animal Sciences, 328 Mumford Hall, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
      Correspondence: D. P. Philipp.
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Correspondence: D. P. Philipp.

Abstract

Many of the sunfishes (Centrarchidae) hybridize in natural systems, yet little is known about the interactions among hybridizing individuals in nature. We used allozyme electrophoresis to identify interspecific hybrids between bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) and pumpkinseed (L. gibbosus) in Lake Opinicon, Ontario, and restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) to identify the maternal parentage of those individuals. All 44 individuals collected and identified electrophoreti-cally as F1 hybrids had a pumpkinseed mtDNA haplotype, indicating that hybridization between these species in Lake Opinicon is asymmetrical; F1 hybrids result only from matings between female pumpkinseed and male bluegill.

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