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Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science (S1)
Field of Science: Miškotyra / Forestry (A004)
Author(s): Szewczyk, Maciej;Nowak, Carsten;Hulva, Pavel;Mergeay, Joachim;Stronen, Astrid V;Černá Bolfíková, Barbora;Czarnomska, Sylwia D;Diserens, Tom A;Fenchuk, Viktar;Figura, Michał;De Groot, Arjen;Haidt, Andżelika;Hansen, Michael M;Jansman, Hugh;Kluth, Gesa;Kwiatkowska, Iga;Lubińska, Karolina;Michaux, Johan R;Niedźwiecka, Natalia;Nowak, Sabina;Olsen, Kent;Reinhardt, Ilka;Romański, Maciej;Schley, Laurent;Smith, Steve;Špinkytė-Bačkaitienė, Renata;Stachyra, Przemysław;Stępniak, Kinga M;Sunde, Peter;Thomsen, Philip F;Zwijacz-Kozica, Tomasz;Mysłajek, Robert W
Title: Genetic support for the current discrete conservation unit of the Central European wolf population
Is part of: Wildlife Biology. Ronde : Nordic Board for Wildlife Research, 2021, vol. 2021, iss. 2
Extent: p. 1-8
Date: 2021
Note: Article number: wlb.00809
Keywords: Gray wolf;Canis lupus;Population managament units;Genetic structure;Recolonisation
Abstract: The gray wolf Canis lupus range in central Europe is dynamically expanding, reconnecting previously isolated populations. Thus, a recent paper has proposed to merge the current Baltic and Central European (CE) wolf management units, which are no longer isolated by distance. However, recent genetic findings indicate that these two populations are not genetically homogenous. Here we review the most recent data on wolf genetic structure in central Europe and show that even though the CE and Baltic wolves represent the same phylogeographic lineage, their demographic history has resulted in significant genetic structure between these two populations. While the groups are interconnected by moderate gene flow, it is not high enough to reduce the strong founder signal observed in the CE population, suggesting that population dynamics within the CE wolf range are largely independent from those of its source (Baltic) population. Consequently, a management unit combining the CE and Baltic wolves would not form a demographically coherent entity. Thus, we recommend that conservation management units maintain their separate status
Affiliation(s): Miškų ir ekologijos fakultetas
University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:1. Straipsniai / Articles
Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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