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Keywords:

  • Crocidura suaveolens;
  • insularity;
  • invasion;
  • microsatellites

Abstract

We developed eight polymorphic microsatellite loci to study the natural populations of Crocidura suaveolens, the lesser white-toothed shrew. These loci are used in the study of insular populations of the French Atlantic coast where these shrews exhibit gigantism features that suggest an insular syndrome. These populations were threatened by the invasion of the rat Rattus norvegicus and the eradication of this alien pest in some islands was followed by a demographic expansion of the shrew populations. These first genetic results suggest that the shrew populations in the three studied islands are very differentiated.