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pdf 01. A genetic assessment of the two remnant populations of the natterjack toad (Bufo calamita) in Luxembourg


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pp. 53-59
Authors: Frantz, A.C.; Proess, R.; Burke, T. & Schley, L.

Abstract: The natterjack toad (Bufo calamita) has experienced a dramatic decline in Luxembourg over the last 100 years. Today, only two remnant populations are known. Here, we examine their genetic constitution at 10 microsatellite loci in order to assess the genetic risk from isolation and inbreeding to the species' long-term survival in the country. Genetic diversity in both populations was relatively high, and we did not find evidence for inbreeding. However, the natterjack toads have experienced a recent reduction in their effective population sizes, and there was no evidence of recent gene flow between the two localities. The main short-term objective of conservation measures should be to increase population sizes by continuous safeguarding and management of the two sites.


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