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Sophie Laurence, Matthew J. Smith and Albrecht I. Schulte-Hostedde Effects of structural connectivity on fine scale population genetic structure of muskrat, Ondatra zibethicus Ecology and Evolution 3

Version of Record online: 29 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.741

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Our study examined the influence of landscape features on population genetic structure and gene flow of muskrat. A single genetic cluster was identified and no genetic differences were found among the watersheds as a result of high levels of gene flow. Population genetic structure was not influenced by landscape composition, and landscape features had a limited effect on gene flow. Open landscapes and urban areas seemed to restrict but not prevent gene flow and roads may be used as corridors for movements.

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