TitleInferring invasion history of red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) in China from mitochondrial control region and nuclear intron sequences
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLi, Y, Guo, X, Chen, L, Bai, X, Wei, X, Zhou, XY, Huang, S, Wang, WM
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Pagination14623 - 14639
Date Published2015
ISBN Number8627872821
KeywordsApproximate Bayesian Computation, Intron, Invasion, Mitochondrial control region, Procambarus clarkii

Identifying the dispersal pathways of an invasive species is useful for adopting the appropriate strategies to prevent and control its spread. However, these processes are exceedingly complex. So, it is necessary to apply new technology and collect representative samples for analysis. This study used Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC) in combination with traditional genetic tools to examine extensive sample data and historical records to infer the invasion history of the red swamp crayfish, Procambarus clarkii, in China. The sequences of the mitochondrial control region and the proPOx intron in the nuclear genome of samples from 37 sites (35 in China and one each in Japan and the USA) were analyzed. The results of combined scenarios testing and historical records revealed a much more complex invasion history in China than previously believed. P. clarkii was most likely originally introduced into China from Japan from an unsampled source, and the species then expanded its range primarily into the middle and lower reaches and, to a lesser extent, into the upper reaches of the Changjiang River in China. No transfer was observed from the upper reaches to the middle and lower reaches of the Changjiang River. Human-mediated jump dispersal was an important dispersal pathway for P. clarkii. The results provide a better understanding of the evolutionary scenarios involved in the rapid invasion of P. clarkii in China.

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NOP 15-346 (English)