Widespread hybridization among species of Indian major carps in hatcheries, but not in the wild

V. Simonsen, Michael Møller Hansen, Karen-Lise Dons Mensberg, R.I. Sarder, S. Alam

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review


Twenty-one allozyme loci in samples of wild-caught and hatchery-reared Indian major carps from Bangladesh were analysed. Bayesian model-based clustering analysis revealed the presence of four taxa, corresponding to the three known species along with a fourth unknown taxon present in two hatchery samples. Individual admixture coefficients showed that 24% of all hatchery-reared fishes were hybrids, whereas a single hybrid was observed in the wild-caught samples. Only catla Catla catla x rohu Labeo rohita and mrigal Cirrhinus cirrhosus x rohu hybrids were observed, the vast majority of which were F, hybrids, though five individuals represented putative backcrosses. Mitochondrial DNA analysis revealed that catla x rohu hybridization primarily involved catla males and rohu females, whereas mrigal x rohu hybrids primarily resulted from rohu males and mrigal females. Despite the high percentage of F-1-hybrids in hatchery samples, reproductive barriers among species have so far precluded widespread introgression. Continued hybridization may eventually lead to a breakdown of species barriers, thereby compromising the genetic integrity of the species in the wild, and leading to production losses in aquaculture. (c) 2005 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)794-808
Publication statusPublished - 2005


Dive into the research topics of 'Widespread hybridization among species of Indian major carps in hatcheries, but not in the wild'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this