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50,000 years of genetic uniformity in the critically endangered Iberian lynx
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2011 (English)In: Molecular Ecology, ISSN 0962-1083, E-ISSN 1365-294X, Vol. 20, no 18, 3785-3795 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Low genetic diversity in the endangered Iberian lynx, including lack of mitochondrial control region variation, is thought to result from historical or Pleistocene/Holocene population bottlenecks, and to indicate poor long-term viability. We find no variability in control region sequences from 19 Iberian lynx remains from across the Iberian Peninsula and spanning the last 50 000 years. This is best explained by continuously small female effective population size through time. We conclude that low genetic variability in the Iberian lynx is not in itself a threat to long-term viability, and so should not preclude conservation efforts.

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2011. Vol. 20, no 18, 3785-3795 p.
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coalescence, female effective population size, Lynx pardinus, mitochondrial DNA, mutation rate
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-160202DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05231.xISI: 000295055700009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-160202DiVA: diva2:448785
Available from: 2011-10-18 Created: 2011-10-18 Last updated: 2011-10-18Bibliographically approved

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