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Genetics and ecology of spined loach in England: implications for conservation management

Investigation into the genetics and ecology of the spined loach in England.

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Genetics and ecology of spined loach in England: implications for conservation management

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The Environment Agency studied the spined loach in five catchments in England and confirmed for the first time that UK spined loach is the species Cobitis taenia. All the specimens examined in this report had a diploid chromosome number 2n=48 and other cytological features typical of Cobitis taenia. Other morphologically similar species and hybrids commonly encountered in central and middle Europe appeared to be absent from British populations.

Published 1 December 2005