High levels of genetic variability in an isolated colony of rock-wallabies (Petrogale assimilis): Evidence from three classes of molecular markers
Spencer, P.B.S., Adams, M., Marsh, H., Miller, D.J. and Eldridge, M.D.B. (1997) High levels of genetic variability in an isolated colony of rock-wallabies (Petrogale assimilis): Evidence from three classes of molecular markers. Australian Journal of Zoology, 45 (2). pp. 199-210.
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Estimates of genetic variation for a small (N(e) = 39) colony of allied rock-wallabies (Petrogale assimilis) were calculated with three different categories of molecular marker. Average heterozygosity was estimated at 3.8% for allozymes, 47.3% for multilocus 'DNA fingerprints' and 85.5% for microsatellite markers. Overall these values indicate that this small isolated colony of rock-wallabies maintains a high level of genetic variation despite its relative isolation and the apparently low levels of migration between colonies. It is likely that mechanisms exist (such as kin avoidance, multiple mating systems, high and variable selective pressure in extreme and fluctuating environmental conditions) that promote the maintenance of high levels of genetic variation in isolated colonies of P. assimilis. These mechanisms are discussed in the context of the results obtained from the molecular markers.
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