Peculiarities of Population Structure and Hybridization of the Genus Carassius (Cypriniformes, Cyprinidae) in Polyssia (Northern Ukraine)

S. V. Mezhzherin 1 , S. V. Kokodiy 1 , P. P. Pukhtaevitch 2 , and A. V. Kulish 1
  • 1 Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, NAS of Ukraine, 01030, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2 Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics NAS of Ukraine, , 03022, Kyiv, Ukraine


Study of population structure of crucian carps in the mixed forests zone of Northern Ukraine (characterized by ample diversity of unregulated aquatic systems) showed the presence of diploid C. carassius and C. auratus, triploid C. gibelio (represented by a series of clones), C. auratus × C. carassius diploid hybrids, and tetraploid hybrids between C. carassius and C. gibelio. The crucian carps of the region compared with those of more southern zones of Ukraine are characterized by numerical prevalence of unisexual form of C. gibelio, and relatively restricted hybridization of C. carassius and C. auratus.

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