50,000 years of genetic uniformity in the critically endangered Iberian lynx

Ricardo Rodríguez, Oscar Ramírez, Cristina E. Valdiosera, Nuria García, Fernando Alda, Joan Madurell-Malapeira, Josep Marmi, Ignacio Doadrio, Eske Willerslev, Anders Götherström, Juan Luis Arsuaga, Mark G. Thomas, Carles Lalueza-Fox, Love Dalén

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    Low genetic diversity in the endangered Iberian lynx, including lack of mitochondrial control region variation, is thought to result from historical or Pleistocene/Holocene population bottlenecks, and to indicate poor long-term viability. We find no variability in control region sequences from 19 Iberian lynx remains from across the Iberian Peninsula and spanning the last 50 000 years. This is best explained by continuously small female effective population size through time. We conclude that low genetic variability in the Iberian lynx is not in itself a threat to long-term viability, and so should not preclude conservation efforts. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3785-3795
    JournalMolecular Ecology
    Issue number18
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2011


    • coalescence
    • female effective population size
    • Lynx pardinus
    • mitochondrial DNA
    • mutation rate


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