Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-4102
Pruett, C L; Arcese, P; Chan, Y L; Wilson, A G; Patten, M A; Keller, L F; Winker, K (2008). Concordant and discordant signals between genetic data and described subspecies of Pacific Coast song sparrows. Condor, 110(2):359-364.
Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia) provide one of North America’s best examples of geographic variation in phenotype, with approximately 26 described subspecies recognized. However, researchers have found inconsistent signals when making comparisons between subspecies and genetic markers. We examined seven microsatellite loci from 576 Song Sparrows of 23 western North American populations representing 13 recognized subspecies. We assessed the level of concordance between microsatellite genotypes and subspecies. We found that in some, but not all, instances neutral genetic structure corresponded to recognized phenotypic structure. However, some populations not currently recognized as subspecies were found to be genetically differentiated from all other populations that are considered to be the same subspecies. We suggest that a combination of phenotypic characters, behavioral traits, and multiple loci be used when assessing geographic variation in birds, and that sampling should be conducted in more than one location within broadly distributed subspecies.
|Other titles:||Señales concordantes y discordantes entre datos genéticos y subespecies descritas de melospiza melodia de la costa del pacífico|
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies|
|DDC:||570 Life sciences; biology|
590 Animals (Zoology)
|Date:||06 June 2008|
|Deposited On:||23 Oct 2008 17:06|
|Last Modified:||28 Nov 2013 01:19|
|Publisher:||University of California Press on behalf of the Cooper Ornithological Society|
|Additional Information:||Published as The Condor 110(2):359–364. © 2008 by The Cooper Ornithological Society|
|Citations:||Web of Science®. Times Cited: 7|
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