Genetic structure of Japanese Chattonella marina (Raphidophyceae) populations revealed using microsatellite markers


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Chattonella marina var. antiqua and C. marina var. marina (Raphidophyceae) are red tide-forming, harmful phytoplankton species. We investigated the genetic diversity and genetic relationship among the populations using microsatellite markers to identify putative sources of C. marina var. antiqua and C. marina var. marina in Japanese coastal populations. A positive correlation between genetic divergence and geographical distance (isolation by distance) was recognized for C. marina var. antiqua. The C. marina var. antiqua populations were established throughout a geological time scale, and genetic divergence had progressed in each population with gene flow depending on geographic distances. In contrast, isolation by distance was not observed for C. marina var. marina populations, and the genetic divergence among populations was extremely high. The Tokyo Bay population of C. marina var. marina, which was first recognized in 2008, had many private alleles but was related to the Kagoshima Bay population. The Tokyo Bay population may have been established by several invasions from the Kagoshima Bay population and other regions.