Masato Aritaki

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Barfin flounder and spotted halibut have been selected as target species for stock enhancement in Japan. Understanding the genetic condition of the wild stock is a principal requirement in any stock enhancement program. The genetic variability of barfin flounder and spotted halibut, and the population structure of spotted halibut were evaluated using(More)
Flatfishes display a left–right asymmetry that is unique in the animal kingdom. In order to clarify the mechanisms of the asymmetrical development of pigment cells, changes in pigment cell densities were examined in Japanese flounder Paralichthys olivaceus. During development from symmetrical larvae to asymmetrical juveniles, pigment cell densities were(More)
In the context of stock enhancement for aquatic animals, the risk of negative genetic impacts of releasing hatchery-produced seedlings upon the genetic diversity of indigenous recipient populations becomes a growing concern. This issue is particularly relevant to threatened or rare species such as a member of right-eye flounder, the spotted halibut Verasper(More)
Spotted halibut Verasper variegatus hatchery juveniles produced in 2002 were genotyped using three microsatellite DNA markers (msDNA) and then released into natural waters. Subsequently, recaptured individuals were examined using msDNA. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of the stock enhancement program, from the genetic point of view, a pairwise F ST(More)
The thyroid hormone plays an essential role in the metamorphosis in flatfish, during which external asymmetry (for example, eye relocation and pigmentation) is established. However, no information is available on the expression mechanisms of metamorphic asymmetry. Since the presence of malformed juveniles (having either ocular or blind side characteristics(More)
The bilateral symmetry of flounder larvae changes through the process of morphogenesis to produce external asymmetry at metamorphosis. The process is characterized by the lateral migration of one eye and pigmentation at the ocular side. Migration of the left or right eye to produce either dextral or sinistral forms, respectively, is usually fixed within a(More)
Two species of parasitic copepods (Siphonostomatoida: Caligidae), Caligus sclerotinosus Roubal, Armitage & Rohde, 1983, parasitic on red seabream Pagrus major (Temminck & Schlegel), and Lepeophtheirus longiventralis Yü & Wu, 1932, parasitic on spotted halibut Verasper variegatus (Temminck & Schlegel), are redescribed based on material found on their(More)
The embryonic development and morphology of eggs and newly hatched larvae of the Pacific herring Clupea pallasii were described using laboratory-reared specimens originating from the Miyako Bay stock. The eggs were almost spherical in shape, 1.33–1.46 mm (mean: 1.38 mm) in diameter, and had a thick adherent chorion. They had a segmented pale yellow yolk, no(More)
We examined the genetic population divergence of the spotted halibut Verasper variegatus. A previous report suggested two conservation units for this species along the Japanese Pacific coast. Extending the coverage of the genomes (29 microsatellites and three mitochondrial DNA segments) revealed hitherto-undetected genetic population boundaries. We screened(More)
Large-scale hatchery releases are carried out for many marine fish species worldwide; nevertheless, the long-term effects of this practice on the genetic structure of natural populations remains unclear. The lack of knowledge is especially evident when independent stock enhancement programs are conducted simultaneously on the same species at different(More)