Museum DNA reveals the demographic history of the endangered Seychelles warbler

Lewis G. Spurgin, David J. Wright, Marco van der Velde, Nigel J. Collar, Jan Komdeur, Terry Burke, David S. Richardson*

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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The importance of evolutionary conservation - how understanding evolutionary forces can help guide conservation decisions - is widely recognized. However, the historical demography of many endangered species is unknown, despite the fact that this can have important implications for contemporary ecological processes and for extinction risk. Here, we reconstruct the population history of the Seychelles warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis) - an ecological model species. By the 1960s, this species was on the brink of extinction, but its previous history is unknown. We used DNA samples from contemporary and museum specimens spanning 140years to reconstruct bottleneck history. We found a 25% reduction in genetic diversity between museum and contemporary populations, and strong genetic structure. Simulations indicate that the Seychelles warbler was bottlenecked from a large population, with an ancestral N-e of several thousands falling to

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)1134-1143
Aantal pagina's10
TijdschriftEvolutionary Applications
Nummer van het tijdschrift9
StatusPublished - nov.-2014

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