Genetic structure and environmental niche modeling confirm two evolutionary and conservation units within the western spadefoot (Spea hammondii)

@article{Neal2018GeneticSA,
  title={Genetic structure and environmental niche modeling confirm two evolutionary and conservation units within the western spadefoot (Spea hammondii)},
  author={Kevin M. Neal and Benjamin B. Johnson and Howard Bradley Shaffer},
  journal={Conservation Genetics},
  year={2018},
  volume={19},
  pages={937-946}
}
The western spadefoot (Spea hammondii) is a Species of Special Concern in California and is now under review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for listing under the Endangered Species Act. We delineated potential conservation units within S. hammondii by analyzing spatial genetic structure across the species’ range using five nuclear and one mitochondrial loci. For both nuclear and mitochondrial markers we found that S. hammondii consists of two genetically distinct, allopatric clusters… CONTINUE READING