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Datasets for: Genome wide analysis reveals genetic divergence between Goldsinny wrasse populations


Jansson, Eeva et al. (2021), Datasets for: Genome wide analysis reveals genetic divergence between Goldsinny wrasse populations, Dryad, Dataset,


Background: Marine fish populations are often characterized by high levels of gene flow and correspondingly low genetic divergence. This presents a challenge to define management units. Goldsinny wrasse (Ctenolabrus rupestris) is a heavily exploited species due to its importance as a cleaner-fish in commercial salmonid aquaculture. However, at the present, the population genetic structure of this species is still largely unresolved. Here, full-genome sequencing was used to produce the first genomic reference for this species, to study population-genomic divergence among four geographically distinct populations, and, to identify informative SNP markers for future studies.

Results: After construction of a de novo assembly, the genome was estimated to be highly polymorphic and of ~600Mbp in size. 33 235 genome wide SNPs were thereafter selected to assess genomic diversity and differentiation among four populations collected from Scandinavia, Scotland, and Spain. Global FST among these populations was 0.015–0.092. Approximately 4% of the investigated loci were identified as putative global outliers, and ~1% within Scandinavia. SNPs showing large divergence (FST>0.15) were picked as candidate diagnostic markers for population assignment. 173 of the most diagnostic SNPs between the two Scandinavian populations were validated by genotyping 47 individuals from each end of the species’ Scandinavian distribution range. 69 of these SNPs were significantly (p<0.05) differentiated (mean FST_173_loci=0.065, FST_69_loci=0.140). Using these validated SNPs, individuals were assigned with high probability (≥ 94%) to their populations of origin.

Conclusions: Goldsinny wrasse displays a highly polymorphic genome, and substantial population genomic structure. Diversifying selection likely affects population structuring globally and within Scandinavia. The diagnostic loci identified now provide a promising and cost-efficient tool to investigate goldsinny wrasse populations further.


These are final datasets used in the study. For details of data collection and processing, please see DOI: 10.21203/rs.2.22229/v1

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README.txt file gives necessary details of both datasets.