MEPS 229:165-172 (2002) - doi:10.3354/meps229165
Larval transport processes of barnacle larvae in the vicinity of the interface between two genetically different populations of Semibalanus balanoides
Charles-Antoine Drouin1, Edwin Bourget1,*, Réjean Tremblay2
ABSTRACT: Previous studies have shown a genetic interface (MPI, GPI loci) between 2 populations of the barnacle Semibalanus balanoides in the vicinity of the Miramichi Estuary, New Brunswick, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. We examined whether gene flow between these 2 adjacent populations was restricted by larval dispersal. We determined the distribution pattern of Semibalanus balanoides planktonic larvae. Current velocity and direction, larval settlement and genetic structure of recruits were measured. Physical results and genotype distribution for MPI support the larval exchange hypothesis (north to south). The presence of another allele, GPI4, suggests a substantial contribution of another population, possibly from the subtidal zone, to the larval pool. In accordance with previous studies, our results suggest strong selection on newly settled spat in the intertidal zone.
KEY WORDS: Larval transport · Semibalanus balanoides · MPI · GPI · Gene flow · Hydrodynamic structure · Circulation patterns
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