Rural–urban gradients and the population genetic structure of woodland ground beetles

  title={Rural–urban gradients and the population genetic structure of woodland ground beetles},
  author={Konjev Desender and Emma C. Small and Eva Gaublomme and Peter Verdyck},
  journal={Conservation Genetics},
Genetic diversity and differentiation of two carabid beetle species were examined in woodlands along rural–urban gradients in two cities (Brussels, Belgium, and Birmingham, UK), based on allozymes, studied in more than 1000 beetles. Compared to Abax ater, Pterostichus madidus showed higher levels of genetic diversity but lower genetic differentiation, probably because of its ability to survive in non-forest habitats. Higher genetic diversity in both species was observed in Brussels as compared… CONTINUE READING
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