- Volume 11 Issue 2
Electrophoretic analysis was performed to determine the interspecific genetic relationships of the genus Raja collected in Korea waters. We confirmed 5 species [Raja (Okamejei) meerdervoortii Bleeker, R.(O).acutispina Ishiyama, R.(O) kenojei Muller et Henle, Raja (Dipturus) kwangtungensis Chu, and R.(D.) pulchra Liu] inhabting in Korea. As results of starch gel electrophoresis, 24 genetic loci were obtained from 13 enzymic and non-enzymic proteins, and allele frequencies of each locus were calculated . Even thought their various dorsal color patterns, the mean genetic similarity among 4 conspecific populations of R.(O) kenojei showed highly close genetic relationships (S=0.966) R.(O) kenojei and R.(D) kwangtungensis which belong to different subgenus , revealed subspecific level of differentiation (S=0.829). R. (Diptuuus ) kwangtungensis was genetically much closer to Raja(Okamejei) species than to Raja (Dipturus) species group. R.(O) acutispina and R.(D) kwangtungensis were unrecorded species to Korea.