Parentage testing for hatchery-produced abalone Haliotis discus hannai based on microsatellite markers: Preliminary evaluation of early growth of selected strains in mixed family farming

Motoyuki Hara, Masashi Sekino

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Abstract

This study dealt with the detection of parentage in a mixed family tank of abalone Haliotis discus hannai using microsatellite DNA markers. As a preliminary investigation, the early growth rate between selected and non-selected abalone families, which were reared together in the mixed family tank from settlement stage to juvenile stage (7 months of age), was also compared. The selected families were derived from seven parents (three females and four males) selected for larger size in shell length at about 1-year-old, and the non-selected families originated from five wild captives (three females and two males). Parentage analysis based on eight microsatellite markers unambiguously allocated the 170 juveniles sampled from the single tank to the 17 parental pairs. The family size was highly heterogeneous among families, as two males in the selected families and one male in the non-selected families dominated the contribution to the offspring pool (>80%). The mean shell length of the selected families was approximately 23% larger than that of the non-selected families (Student's t-test, P < 0.001). This study demonstrated that the use of microsatellite markers is effective for parentage determination in the mixed family farming commonly used in abalone hatcheries, and selective operations for larger size could improve the growth of the next generation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)831-836
Number of pages6
JournalFisheries Science
Volume73
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Aug 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Abalone
  • Growth
  • Haliotis discus hannai
  • Microsatellite
  • Parentage
  • Selective breeding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science

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