Re ECF Project: 2013-28

Project Title: Genetic diversity and population structure of freshwater fish in Hong Kong and South China

Applicant: Professor Chu Ka hou of The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Total Approved Grant: $1,016,460

Duration: 1/3/2015 to 30/11/2017

Project Status/Remarks: On-going

Scope:
This project aims to facilitate the effective and sustainable conservation management of freshwater ichthyofauna in Hong Kong through:

  1. elucidating the genetic diversity and population structure (including identifying the presence of any cryptic species) in eight indigenous fish species, Schistura fasciolata , Puntius semifasciolatus , Oreonectes platycephalus , Macropodus opercularis , Pseudogastromyzon myersi , Rhodeus ocellatus , Acrossocheilus beijiangensis and Acrossocheilus parallens ; and
  2. confirming the status of two cryptic species and determining their distribution in Hong Kong based on sequence analysis of both mitochondrial and nuclear markers.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
To be available upon completion of the project