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Phylogeographic origin and genetic diversity of dunlin Calidris alpina in Svalbard
Univ Oslo, Nat Hist Museum, Natl Ctr Biosystemat, N-0318 Oslo, Norway..
Univ Oslo, Nat Hist Museum, Natl Ctr Biosystemat, N-0318 Oslo, Norway.;Buskerud fylkeskommune, N-3020 Fylkeshuset, Drammen, Norway..
Univ Oslo, Nat Hist Museum, Natl Ctr Biosystemat, N-0318 Oslo, Norway.;Montana State Univ, Dept Ecol, Bozeman, MT 59717 USA..
Univ Oslo, Nat Hist Museum, Natl Ctr Biosystemat, N-0318 Oslo, Norway..ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9172-9985
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2008 (English)In: Polar Biology, ISSN 0722-4060, E-ISSN 1432-2056, Vol. 31, no 11, 1409-1420 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We investigated the genetic structure of the presumably small (10-100 pairs) and isolated dunlin (Calidris alpina) population breeding in Svalbard, and compared it with similar data recently published from several dunlin populations in the western Palearctic and East Greenland. Using mitochondrial and nuclear DNA markers, as well as data on bill lengths, we sought to infer the phylogeographic origin of Svalbard dunlins and assess their within-population level of genetic diversity. Only dunlins with haplotypes of the European mtDNA clade (EUR) were found in Svalbard, indicating a close resemblance to dunlin populations in East Greenland and Iceland. Microsatellite data for Svalbard dunlins, as well as their short bills, also supported a western origin. The Svalbard population did not show signs of inbreeding or reduced levels of genetic diversity compared to other investigated populations, which suggests that the population was recently founded or is currently subject to considerable gene flow.

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2008. Vol. 31, no 11, 1409-1420 p.
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AFLP, Microsatellites, mtDNA, Population genetics, Taxonomy, VLDLR-9, Z-chromosome intron
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SWEDARCTIC 1999, Tundra nordväst 1999
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URN: urn:nbn:se:polar:diva-2254DOI: 10.1007/s00300-008-0480-6ISI: 000260286400012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:polar-2254DiVA: diva2:857566
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