Reference : Is the western population of the European mink, (Mustela lutreola), a distinct Manage...
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Life sciences : Environmental sciences & ecology
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/80475
Is the western population of the European mink, (Mustela lutreola), a distinct Management Unit for conservation?
English
Michaux, Johan mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences de la vie > Génétique >]
Libois, Roland mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences et gestion de l'environnement > Zoogéographie - Département des sciences et gestion de l'environnement >]
Davison, A. [> > > >]
Chevret, P. [> > > >]
Rosoux, R. [> > > >]
2004
Biological Conservation
Elsevier Science
115
3
357-367
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
0006-3207
Oxford
United Kingdom
[en] Mustela lutreola ; mtDNA ; conservation biology ; management unit ; phylogeography
[en] The European mink (Mustela lutreola) is one of the most threatened carnivores in Europe, with fragmented populations in Belarus. Russia and Romania, as well in south-western France and northern Spain. Many populations have become extinct recently, or are declining. We investigated mitochondrial DNA variation, using the complete D-loop region, and concentrating oil the west European population. The aim was two-fold: to use the genetic information to advise on the conservation of European mink, and to begin to understand their history through the Pleistocene. Captive breeding and re-introduction programmes are underway, so it is particularly vital to know whether the West European population should be treated separately. We find that European mink probably colonised from a single refugium after the last glaciation. West European populations may be fixed for a single haplotype. also suggesting a common origin. Despite this evidence for gene flow, following the precautionary principle we suggest that mink from the three geographically separate populations (Romania, Eastern and Western Europe) should be managed separately, for the moment. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/80475
10.1016/S0006-3207(03)00151-4

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