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Type: Journal article
Title: Extensive population decline in the Tasmanian devil predates European settlement and devil facial tumour disease
Author: Brüniche-Olsen, A.
Jones, M.
Austin, J.
Burridge, C.
Holland, B.
Citation: Biology Letters, 2014; 10(11):20140619-1-20140619-5
Publisher: The Royal Society
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1744-9561
1744-957X
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Anna Brüniche-Olsen, Menna E. Jones, Jeremy J. Austin, Christopher P. Burridge and Barbara R. Holland
Abstract: The Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) was widespread in Australia during the Late Pleistocene but is now endemic to the island of Tasmania. Low genetic diversity combined with the spread of devil facial tumour disease have raised concerns for the species' long-term survival. Here, we investigate the origin of low genetic diversity by inferring the species' demographic history using temporal sampling with summary statistics, full-likelihood and approximate Bayesian computation methods. Our results show extensive population declines across Tasmania correlating with environmental changes around the last glacial maximum and following unstable climate related to increased 'El Niño-Southern Oscillation' activity.
Keywords: Tasmanian devil; demographic history; Bayesian likelihood; approximate Bayesian computation; microsatellite
Rights: © 2014 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0030015069
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0619
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