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SHORT COMMUNICATION The possible origin of Zostera noltii in the Canary Islands
 

Summary: SHORT COMMUNICATION
The possible origin of Zostera noltii in the Canary Islands
and guidelines for restoration
O. E. Diekmann L. Gouveia J. A. Perez
C. Gil-Rodriguez E. A. Serra~o
Received: 16 November 2009 / Accepted: 26 April 2010
Springer-Verlag 2010
Abstract Seagrasses and their habitat are declining
worldwide. Zostera noltii in the Canary Islands has been
drastically reduced, mainly by anthropogenic disturbance,
to three small surviving patches in a single harbor in
Lanzarote. A previous genetic study, using neutral micro-
satellite markers, revealed that these patches consist of a
single clonal individual. Here, an assignment test, using
microsatellite data, was used to locate the most likely
population of origin from a set of possible donor popula-
tions. Our results show that the Moulay Bousselham pop-
ulation in northern Morocco is assigned as the most likely
population of origin (88%), although the probability of
being at one generation time distance is low (2.7%).

  

Source: Alberto, Filipe - Centro de Ciencias do Mar, Universidade do Algarve

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology; Biology and Medicine