Using phylogeography to promote dormouse conservation: the case ofMuscardinus avellanarius (Rodentia, Gliridae)

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Abstract

this study describes the phylogeographic history of the common dormouse, Muscardinus avellanariusrodent strictly protected in europe (habitat directive, annex iv; Bern convention, annex iii). Weanalyzed the genetics of 120 common dormice across the species’ range, using sequences data fromthe mitochondrial cytochrome b gene (704 pb). the dataset obtained was analyzed using differentphylogenetic reconstructions as well as other methods adapted to phylogeography. A complexphylogeographic pattern has been retrieved from the mitochondrial dnA gene, with the presence of twohighly divergent lineages. these two lineages are themselves subdivided into five sublineages, whichshould be regarded as independent conservation units. low genetic diversity was observed within eachof the lineages, in contrast to an important level of genetic differentiation between them. these resultshave important implications for the conservation of this dormouse and will help to propose the bestmanagement measures for this species.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteUsing phylogeography to promote dormouse conservation: the case of Muscardinus avellanarius (Rodentia, Gliridae)
Pagine255-264
Numero di pagine10
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2012

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NomePECKIANA (GÖRLITZ)

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