Unrestricted gene flow between two subspecies of translocated brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) in Aotearoa New Zealand

@article{Pattabiraman2021UnrestrictedGF,
  title={Unrestricted gene flow between two subspecies of translocated brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) in Aotearoa New Zealand},
  author={Nimeshika Pattabiraman and Mary Morgan‐Richards and Ralph G. Powlesland and Steven A. Trewick},
  journal={Biological Invasions},
  year={2021},
  volume={24},
  pages={247-260}
}
Two lineages of brushtail possums ( Trichosurus vulpecula ) were historically introduced to Aotearoa New Zealand, and these two subspecies have different phenotypic forms. Despite over 100 years of potential interbreeding, they appear to retain morphological differences, which may indicate reproductive isolation. We examined this using population samples from a confined landscape and scored each specimen for phenotype using a number of fur colour traits. This resulted in a bimodal trait… 

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