Ricardo Rodríguez and Oscar Ramírez contributed equally to this work.
50,000 years of genetic uniformity in the critically endangered Iberian lynx
Article first published online: 22 AUG 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 20, Issue 18, pages 3785–3795, September 2011
How to Cite
RODRÍGUEZ, R., RAMÍREZ, O., VALDIOSERA, C. E., GARCÍA, N., ALDA, F., MADURELL-MALAPEIRA, J., MARMI, J., DOADRIO, I., WILLERSLEV, E., GÖTHERSTRÖM, A., ARSUAGA, J. L., THOMAS, M. G., LALUEZA-FOX, C. and DALÉN, L. (2011), 50,000 years of genetic uniformity in the critically endangered Iberian lynx. Molecular Ecology, 20: 3785–3795. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05231.x
- Issue published online: 8 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 22 AUG 2011
- Received 2 April 2011; revision received 23 June 2011; accepted 1 July 2011
- female effective population size;
- Lynx pardinus;
- mitochondrial DNA;
- mutation rate
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.