Quantitative trait loci affecting morphology traits in gilthead seabream (Sparus aurataL.)

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We report a quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping study on 18 morphometric characters in gilthead seabream based on a total of 74 informative microsatellite markers genotyped in 409 offspring coming from 10 paternal half-sib families. Statistical analysis was carried out using a linear regression approach, and various suggestive and significant morphology QTL were detected in three (9, 21 and 25) of nine linkage groups examined. Fitting body weight as a covariate reduced the significance of some QTL but revealed three new QTL in other linkage groups (LG6 and LG10). Current results combined with those obtained from previous studies underline highly significant loci affecting overall growth and morphology in S. aurata.

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