Kathrin Theissinger

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In recent years, genetic studies have been used to investigate mating systems of marine turtles, but to date no such research has been conducted on the flatback turtle (Natator depressus). This study investigates paternity of flatback turtle clutches at two rookeries in Queensland, Australia; Peak Island (Keppel Bay), and Mon Repos (Bundaberg). In the(More)
Genetic diversity is one of the most important criteria to identify unique populations for conservation purposes. In this study we analyze the genetic population structure of the endangered montane mayfly Ameletus inopinatus in its European range. The species is restricted to unpolluted cold-water streams, and exhibits an insular distribution across(More)
In the context of developing a noninvasive, practicable method for population size estimation in wild boar, we present a stepwise procedure to reduce the number of required microsatellite markers for individual genotyping. Step1: an initial marker set of 12 microsatellite loci was tested for species specificity with nontarget DNA and resulted in an(More)
Several methods have been applied to calculate genotyping error rates (GER) for non-invasive population size estimations. However, there is a lack of comparability between these methods. Here we focused on the comparison of methods for determination of GER within one study using faeces samples of wild boars (Sus scrofa). Error rates were calculated by (1)(More)
We describe the isolation of 11 polymorphic trinucleotide microsatellite loci from the stonefly Arcynopteryx compacta. Loci were highly variable with 3 to 14 alleles (mean = 6.45). Observed heterozygosity ranged from 0 to 0.867. Seven loci showed significant deviation from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium across both populations. There was no evidence for null(More)
Non-invasive DNA sampling is an important tool in amphibian conservation. Buccal swabs are nowadays replacing the wounding toe-clipping method. Skin and cloaca swabbing are even less invasive and easier to handle than buccal swabbing, but could result in contaminations of genetic material. Therefore, we test if external skin and cloaca swabs are as reliable(More)
In population genetic studies, a proper sampling design is crucial for reliable population differentiation estimates. For genetic studies on amphibians, fish or insects, larvae are often sampled instead of adults due to their higher accessibility and abundance. However, population genetic parameters derived from larval (sibling) sampling can be biased if(More)
We describe the isolation of ten polymorphic microsatellite loci from the mayfly Ameletus inopinatus. Loci had di- or trinucleotide repeat motifs and were highly variable with three to 17 alleles (mean = 7.15). Observed heterozygosity ranged from 0.143 to 0.905. One locus (Ami_202) showed significant deviation from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium in one(More)
Amphibian populations have been declining globally over the past decades. The intensification of agriculture, habitat loss, fragmentation of populations and toxic substances in the environment are considered as driving factors for this decline. Today, about 50% of the area of Germany is used for agriculture and is inhabited by a diverse variety of 20(More)
One central goal of conservation biology is to conserve the genetic diversity of species in order to protect their adaptive potential. The main objective of this study was to identify management units (MUs) for the threatened noble crayfish (Astacus astacus) in Western Europe by utilizing sequence and microsatellite analysis to determine populations in need(More)
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