Population Structure of the Atlantic Seabob Shrimp Xiphopenaeus kroyeri (Heller, 1862) Based on Geometric Morphometrics

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 C. Tavares; F. L. Sicuro; R. M. Piergiorge; A. Vilasboa; K. A. Morelli; F. A. Monteiro; E. M. Costa-Paiva & J. Gusmão


In 2004, Xiphopenaeus kroyeri, one of major species in commercial fisheries in Brazil was included in the list of brazilian overfished species and, in 2006, two cryptic species were identified in the Atlantic Ocean by molecular approaches: Xiphopenaeus sp. I and II. In 2019, Carvalho-Batista et al. described both Xiphopenaeus sp. I and Xiphopenaeus sp. II and these species were named X. kroyeri and X. dincao, respectively. This study aimed at performing morphometric analysis in order to identify potential fishing stocks of X. kroyeri sensu strictum along Brazilian coast. The results obtained separate Caravelas, Atafona and Balneário Camboriú from all the other populations studied and showed three groups: Ubatuba, Nova Almeida; Ubatuba, Cananéia; Ubatuba, Santos. These results indicate that the maritime limits practiced in closed seasons along Brazil are embracing the detected morphometric stock boundaries observed for Xiphopenaeus kroyeris.s.

KEY WORDS: Xiphopenaeuskroyeri; Geometric morphometry; Population structure.

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TAVARES, C.; SICURO, F. L.; PIERGIORGE, R. M. ; VILASBOA, A.; MORELLI, K. A.; MONTEIRO, F. A.; COSTA-PAIVA, E. M. & GUSMÃO, J. Population structure of the Atlantic seabob shrimp Xiphopenaeus kroyeri (Heller, 1862) based on geometric morphometrics. Int. J. Morphol., 39(6):1609-1614, 2021.