Russian Journal of Genetics: Applied Research

, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp 378–381 | Cite as

The genetic diversity and differentiation in the mountain hare (Lepus timidus) population of Karelia

  • L. V. Topchieva
  • V. V. Belkin
  • N. L. Rendakov
  • I. E. Malysheva
  • S. N. Kolomeichuk
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Abstract

The genetic diversity of the mountain hare Lepus timidus has been assessed in Karelia. The mean observed (H o ) and expected (H e ) heterozygosity indices are 0.43 ± 0.2 and 0.71 ± 0.15, respectively. These values are indicative of predominant selection of homozygotes over heterozygotes and of inbreeding in the groups under study. The mean allelic diversity is 6.25 ± 3.46. The F-statistic has been calculated for animals from various regions. The resulting value, F st = 0.133, points to their genetic differentiation; hence, subpopulations can be recognized in the mountain hare population.

Keywords

population genetics genetic variation simple sequence repeats loss of heterozygosity population parameters biodiversity mountain hare 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. V. Topchieva
    • 1
  • V. V. Belkin
    • 1
  • N. L. Rendakov
    • 1
  • I. E. Malysheva
    • 1
  • S. N. Kolomeichuk
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Biology, Karelian Research CenterRussian Academy of SciencesPetrozavodskRussia

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