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Impact of Quaternary climatic changes and interspecific competition on the demographic history of a highly mobile generalist carnivore, the coyote
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Evolutionary Biology.
2012 (English)In: Biology Letters, ISSN 1744-9561, E-ISSN 1744-957X, Vol. 8, no 4, 644-647 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recurrent cycles of climatic change during the Quaternary period have dramatically affected the population genetic structure of many species. We reconstruct the recent demographic history of the coyote (Canis latrans) through the use of Bayesian techniques to examine the effects of Late Quaternary climatic perturbations on the genetic structure of a highly mobile generalist species. Our analysis reveals a lack of phylogeographic structure throughout the range but past population size changes correlated with climatic changes. We conclude that even generalist carnivorous species are very susceptible to environmental changes associated with climatic perturbations. This effect may be enhanced in coyotes by interspecific competition with larger carnivores.

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2012. Vol. 8, no 4, 644-647 p.
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canid, Pleistocene, North America, mtDNA, Bayesian Skyline Plot, Canis latrans
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Evolutionary Biology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-259053DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0162ISI: 000306361700045PubMedID: 22491760OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-259053DiVA: diva2:843028
Available from: 2015-07-24 Created: 2015-07-24 Last updated: 2015-07-24Bibliographically approved

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