A genetic mechanism of species replacement in European waterfrogs?

  title={A genetic mechanism of species replacement in European waterfrogs?},
  author={C. Vorburger and H. Reyer},
  journal={Conservation Genetics},
  • C. Vorburger, H. Reyer
  • Published 2004
  • Biology
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Introduced Rana ridibunda currentlyreplace the native waterfrogs R. lessonaeand R. esculenta in several areas ofcentral Europe. The unusual reproductive systemin waterfrogs of the Rana esculentacomplex suggests that this replacement may bedriven by a genetic mechanism: Ranaesculenta, a hybrid between R. ridibundaand R. lessonae, eliminates the lessonae genome from the germline and clonallytransmits the ridibunda genome(hybridogenesis). Hybrids form mixedpopulations with R. lessonae (L-E-system… CONTINUE READING

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