Philippine Science Letters
vol. 6 | no. 2 | 2013
published online November 15, 2013


First report of Awaous ocellaris in goby fry or “ipon” fishery in Northern Luzon, Philippines

by Angelli Marie Jacynth M. Asis1, Altair B. Agmata1, Billy Joel Catacutan1, Romeo Culasing2 and Mudjekeewis D. Santos1*

1Genetic Fingerprinting Laboratory, National Fisheries Research and Development Institute,
  Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines
2Cagayan State University, Aparri Cagayan



Goby fry found in Northern Luzon, commonly called “ipon”, is an important fishery in the Philippines that is threatened by increasing demand and exploitation of the resource. The continuing decline of the “ipon” population calls for effective fisheries management and conservation. Unfortunately, effective management efforts are hindered by the unresolved identities of the goby fry species which comprise “ipon.” Here, we provide the first report of Awaous ocellaris as one of the species included in the “ipon” fishery in Aparri, Cagayan, We used the mitochondrial gene cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (CO1), that is used by the International Barcode of Life (IBOL) as a standard taxonomic DNA marker for vertebrate species. The results provide important information on the identity of “ipon” which is vital to ensuring the sustainability of the resource.

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Submitted: April 18, 2013
Revised: August 20, 2013
Accepted: August 21, 2013
Published: November 15, 2013
Editor-in-charge: Eduardo A. Padlan