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Animal Conservation (2005) 8, 123133 C 2005 The Zoological Society of London. Printed in the United Kingdom doi:10.1017/S1367943004001830 Conservation genetics of endangered flying squirrels
 

Summary: Animal Conservation (2005) 8, 123133 C 2005 The Zoological Society of London. Printed in the United Kingdom doi:10.1017/S1367943004001830
Conservation genetics of endangered flying squirrels
(Glaucomys) from the Appalachian mountains of eastern
North America
Brian S. Arbogast1
*, Robert A. Browne2
, Peter D. Weigl2
and G. J. Kenagy3
1 Department of Biological Sciences, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA 95521, USA
2 Department of Biology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109, USA
3 Burke Museum and Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
(Received 28 January 2004; accepted 25 August 2004)
Abstract
We assessed the genetic status of two endangered subspecies of the northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys
sabrinus) that are restricted to isolated stands of high elevation spruce-fir and adjacent spruce-fir-hardwood
ecotonal habitat in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern North America. We used mitochondrial DNA
(mtDNA) and allozyme data to estimate levels of genetic variability in the two subspecies of interest and
then evaluated this information in the context of large-scale phylogeographical structure and overall genetic
variability for the entire species and for the closely related and partially sympatric southern flying squirrel
(Glaucomys volans). This broader analysis involves much of North America's northern coniferous forest biome,

  

Source: Arbogast, Brian - Department of Biological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology