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Juan Antonio Sanchez, Michelangelo La Spina and Omaththage P. Perera Analysis of the population structure of Macrolophus pygmaeus (Rambur) (Hemiptera: Miridae) in the Palaearctic region using microsatellite markers Ecology and Evolution 2

Article first published online: 8 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.420

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The recent evolutionary history of M. pygmaeus is predicted as follows using molecular markers: (1) the reduction of the geographical distribution of the species to the Iberian, Italian and Balkan peninsulas, and possibly southern France, during glaciations and re-colonization of northern Europe from its southern refuges (2) The maintenance of high diversity in Iberia and Italy (and possibly southern France) during contraction periods, and bottlenecks in the Balkans; (3) Introgression of the Italian-French lineage in northern Spain, naturally or through trade.

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