The colonization history of British water vole (Arvicola amphibius (Linnaeus, 1758)): origins and development of the Celtic fringe.

Brace, S, Ruddy, M., Miller, R., Schreve, D.C., Stewart, J. R. and Barnes, I., 2016. The colonization history of British water vole (Arvicola amphibius (Linnaeus, 1758)): origins and development of the Celtic fringe. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 283 (1829).

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DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.0130

Abstract

The terminal Pleistocene and Early Holocene, a period from 15 000 to 18 000 Before Present (BP), was critical in establishing the current Holarctic fauna, with temperate-climate species largely replacing cold-adapted ones at mid-latitudes. However, the timing and nature of this process remain unclear for many taxa, a point that impacts on current and future management strategies. Here, we use an ancient DNA dataset to test more directly postglacial histories of the water vole (Arvicola amphibius, formerly A terrestris), a species that is both a conservation priority and a pest in different parts of its range. We specifically examine colonization of Britain, where a complex genetic structure can be observed today. Although we focus on population history at the limits of the species' range, the inclusion of additional European samples allows insights into European postglacial colonization events and provides a molecular perspective on water vole taxonomy.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0962-8452
Uncontrolled Keywords:Holocene ; Pleistocene ; ancient DNA ; phylogeography ; rodent ; temperate
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:24761
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:23 Sep 2016 13:58
Last Modified:23 Sep 2016 13:58

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