Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00338-021-02160-4
Title: Distinct lineages and population genomic structure of the coral Pachyseris speciosa in the small equatorial reef system of Singapore
Authors: Bar Feldman
Lutfi Afiq-Rosli 
Noa Simon-Blecher
ELENA BOLLATI 
BENJAMIN JOHN WAINWRIGHT 
Pim Bongaerts
Huang, D. 
Keywords: connectivity
coral reef
genetic structure
genotyping-by-sequencing
population genetics
Scleractinia
Issue Date: 4-Aug-2021
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Bar Feldman, Lutfi Afiq-Rosli, Noa Simon-Blecher, ELENA BOLLATI, BENJAMIN JOHN WAINWRIGHT, Pim Bongaerts, Huang, D. (2021-08-04). Distinct lineages and population genomic structure of the coral Pachyseris speciosa in the small equatorial reef system of Singapore. Coral Reefs. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00338-021-02160-4
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Abstract: Genetic population patterns in coral reefs are important for understanding biodiversity and forecasting recovery following disturbance. Studying gene flow between small and disrupted marine ecosystems, such as the reefs along the Singapore Strait, is especially crucial due to their fragile nature. Here we sampled the ubiquitous coral species complex Pachyseris speciosa from seven sites in Singapore and applied genotyping by-sequencing (nextRAD) for a fine-scale population genomic assessment. Our results confirm the existence of two clearly distinct, possibly cryptic, lineages that occurred sympatrically at each of the seven sampling sites, and are related to the “blue” and “green” lineages occurring in other parts of the Indo-Pacific. The closely-related lineages showed contrasting patterns characterized by panmixia and substantial (but unexplained) substructuring, respectively. Analysis of barriers and corridors to gene flow showed limited connectivity between the two largest clusters of reefs at the eastern and western sectors of Singapore’s southern coastal waters. Our results extend the geographic range of the two recently uncovered P. speciosa species, further confirming their status as distinct and widespread species. More broadly, our findings highlight how conservation and management strategies may maximise connectivity among Singapore’s urbanized reef ecosystems.
Source Title: Coral Reefs
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/208038
ISSN: 0722-4028
1432-0975
DOI: 10.1007/s00338-021-02160-4
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
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