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Evidence of a complex phylogeographic structure in the common dormouse, Muscardinus avellanarius (Rodentia: Gliridae)
Mouton, Alice mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences de la vie > Génétique >]
Grill, Andrea [Universität Wien > Institut Biodiversität der Tiere > > >]
Sara, Maurizio [Università di Palermo - UP > Dipartimento Biologia Ambientale e biodiversità, Laboratorio di zoogeografia ed Ecologia animale > > >]
KRYŠTUFEK, Boris [University of Primorska, Slovenia > Science and Research Centre > > >]
Randi, Ettore [ISPRA EX-INFS, Bologna > > > >]
Amori, Giovanni [Centro Nazionale per la Ricerca, CNR, Roma > Institute of Ecosystem Studies > > >]
JUŠKAITIS, Rimvydas [Institute of Ecology of Nature Research Centre > > > >]
Aloise, Gaetano [Museo di Storia Naturale della Calabria e Orto Botanico > > > >]
Mortelliti, Alessio [Università ‘La Sapienza > Dipartimento di Biologia Animale e dell’Uomo > > >]
Panchetti, Fabiana [Università Roma Tre > Dipartimento di Biologia > > >]
Michaux, Johan mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences de la vie > Génétique >]
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
Blackwell Publishing
Yes (verified by ORBi)
United Kingdom
[en] conservation ; cytochrome b ; glacial refugia
[en] This is the first mitochondrial phylogeography of the common dormouse, Muscardinus avellanarius (Linnaeus, 1758), a hibernating rodent strictly protected in Europe (Habitat Directive, annex IV; Bern Convention, annex III).
The 84 individuals of M. avellanarius, sampled throughout the distributional range of the species, have been
sequenced at the mitochondrial DNA gene (cytochrome b, 704 base pairs). The results revealed two highly
divergent lineages, with an ancient separation around 7.7 Mya and a genetic divergence of 7.7%. Lineage 1 occurs in Western Europe (France, Belgium, and Switzerland) and Italy, and lineage 2 occurs in Central–Northern Europe (Poland, Germany, Latvia, and Lithuania), on the Balkan Peninsula, and in Turkey. Furthermore, these two lineages are subdivided into five sublineages genetically isolated with a strong geographical association. Therefore,
lineage 1 branches into two further sublineages (Western European and Italian), whereas lineage 2 contained three
sublineages (Central–Northern European, Turkish, and Balkan). We observed low genetic diversity within the sublineages, in contrast to the significant level of genetic differentiation between them. The understanding of genetic population structure is essential for identifying units to be conserved. Therefore, these results may have important implications for M. avellanarius conservation.
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