Historical demography of freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionidae): genetic evidence for population expansion and contraction during the late Pleistocene and Holocene

@article{Jones2015HistoricalDO,
  title={Historical demography of freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionidae): genetic evidence for population expansion and contraction during the late Pleistocene and Holocene},
  author={J. Jones and R. Neves and E. Hallerman},
  journal={Biological Journal of The Linnean Society},
  year={2015},
  volume={114},
  pages={376-397}
}
Genetic variation was examined in two endangered mussel species, Epioblasma brevidens and Epioblasma capsaeformis, and in a non-listed species, Lampsilis fasciola, in the Clinch River, Tennessee, USA, by screening mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequences and nuclear DNA microsatellites. Patterns of mtDNA polymorphism exhibited different trends in long-term population sizes for each species during the late Pleistocene and Holocene (∼20 000 ya to present); namely, E. brevidens has declined over time… Expand
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