Chromosomal differentiation between populations of Clarias gariepinus (Burchell, 1822) from the Goksu Delta and Orontes River (Turkey)

KARAHAN A., Ergene S.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF BIOLOGY, vol.35, no.1, pp.79-87, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.3906/biy-0903-4
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.79-87
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


The karyotype of Clarias gariepinus was described by means of G-banding, C-banding, Q-banding, and Ag-NORs (NORs) staining in this study. Samples were collected from 2 regions of Turkey: the Goksu Delta and Orontes River. Although samples from both regions had the same diploid chromosome number and fundamental arm number, (2n = 56, FN = 100), they had remarkable differences in karyotype formula and distribution of rDNA sites, according to silver nitrate staining and G-banding. While the karyotype formula for Orontes River samples was 24m + 10sm + 10st + 12a, the Goksu Delta samples' was 28m + 6sm + 10st + 12a. Comparative analysis showed that there was intraspecific variability in NORs and different NOR numbers in the 2 populations. The study's findings show that the Goksu Delta and Orontes River samples differed from each other.