Landscape features influence genetic structure of black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus)

  title={Landscape features influence genetic structure of black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus)},
  author={Michael F. Antolin and Lisa T Savage and Rebecca J. Eisen},
  journal={Landscape Ecology},
Black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) currently live in metapopulations in the parts of their range where plague, caused by the bacterium Yesinia pestis, has invaded. Prairie dogs are highly susceptible to the pathogen, with most animals within towns dying during Y. pestis outbreaks. A review of population genetic studies of prairie dogs demonstrates considerable differentiation between prairie dog towns. Despite declines and fluctuations in size of prairie dog populations, they… CONTINUE READING


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