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Origin of the European Eel
De Ligny, W.; Pantelouris, E.M. (1973). Origin of the European Eel. Nature (Lond.) 246(5434): 518-519
In: Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science. Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 0028-0836, more
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  • De Ligny, W.
  • Pantelouris, E.M.

    The controversy about the identity of the European eel was started by Tucker in 19591. Contrary to the theory of Schmidt2, which assumed that both European and American eels return for spawning to the Sargasso Sea, Tucker argued that it is unlikely that the eels from the European waters manage to return, and that the eels which spawn in the Sargasso Sea are therefore all American. If this were true, the European eel should originate from the same gene pool as the American eel, and have identical gene frequencies, unless differential mortality changes these frequencies.

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