Consistently different levels of genetic variation across the European ranges of two anurans, Bufo bufo and Rana temporaria

Brede, Edward G and Beebee, Trevor J C (2006) Consistently different levels of genetic variation across the European ranges of two anurans, Bufo bufo and Rana temporaria. Herpetological Journal, 16 (3). pp. 265-271. ISSN 0268-0130

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Abstract

We compared the genetic diversities across eight microsatellite loci of two widespread anurans, Bufio bufo and Rana temporaria, at multiple sites across their western and central European ranges. Bufo bufo consistently exhibited less genetic diversity than R. temporaria. Our evidence infers that this difference is unlikely to be a feature of the specific marker loci used, nor is it a probable consequence of the different phylogeographic histories of B. bufo and R. temporaria. No recent bottlenecks were observed in B. bufo or R. temporaria populations. Both species showed similar levels of differentiation across their European range as estimated by F-statistics, but whereas R. temporaria exhibited isolation by distance effects, B. bufo did not. We suggest that distinct autecological features of the two species are the most likely explanation of the diversity differences, especially more limited historical gene flow among Bufio compared with Rana populations.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Evolution, Behaviour and Environment
Depositing User: Trevor Beebee
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:11
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2012 09:23
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30070
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