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Sandeep Sharma, Trishna Dutta, Jesús E. Maldonado, Thomas C. Wood, Hemendra Singh Panwar and John Seidensticker Spatial genetic analysis reveals high connectivity of tiger (Panthera tigris) populations in the Satpura–Maikal landscape of Central India Ecology and Evolution 3

Article first published online: 26 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.432

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The Satpura–Maikal landscape is a global-priority Tiger Conservation Landscape (TCL) that supports 12% of India's tiger population and comprises 13% of tiger habitat in India. Here, we present the findings of our study of the spatial genetic structure and connectivity of tiger populations in Satpura–Maikal landscape of central India. We found that this tiger meta-population has high genetic variation and very low genetic subdivision due to forest connectivity and high gene flow. However, infrastructural development and exploitation of natural resources poses a threat to the survival of this meta-population.

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