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Genetic depletion in Swiss populations of Rana latastei: conservation implications.


Garner, T W J; Angelone, S; Pearman, P (2003). Genetic depletion in Swiss populations of Rana latastei: conservation implications. Biological Conservation, 114(3):371-376.

Abstract

Rana latastei, the Italian Agile Frog, is found over a restricted range in Central Europe, with populations in Switzerland (Tessin) occurring at the very margin of the species distribution. We used microsatellite DNA polymorphisms to study the genetic diversity of Swiss populations of Rana latastei and compared them with several Italian populations located in the central and western parts of the species’ range. On average, Swiss populations showed a much lower level of within-population genetic diversity relative to their Italian counterparts. Existing Swiss conservation efforts do not include genetic considerations and our results show that any attempt to increase genetic diversity within Switzerland would require a collaborative effort with Italian wildlife agencies.

Rana latastei, the Italian Agile Frog, is found over a restricted range in Central Europe, with populations in Switzerland (Tessin) occurring at the very margin of the species distribution. We used microsatellite DNA polymorphisms to study the genetic diversity of Swiss populations of Rana latastei and compared them with several Italian populations located in the central and western parts of the species’ range. On average, Swiss populations showed a much lower level of within-population genetic diversity relative to their Italian counterparts. Existing Swiss conservation efforts do not include genetic considerations and our results show that any attempt to increase genetic diversity within Switzerland would require a collaborative effort with Italian wildlife agencies.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Zoology (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Language:English
Date:December 2003
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:15
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:14
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0006-3207
Publisher DOI:10.1016/S0006-3207(03)00065-X

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