Assessing grey squirrel dispersal patterns within the landscape using sequence variation

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Stevenson, Claire D., Ramsey, Andrew, Nevin, Owen T. and Sinclair, William 2012. Assessing grey squirrel dispersal patterns within the landscape using sequence variation. Landscape Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/01426397.2012.668179
AuthorsStevenson, Claire D., Ramsey, Andrew, Nevin, Owen T. and Sinclair, William
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The grey squirrel Sciurus carolinensis is thought to have contributed to the decline of red squirrel S. vulgaris populations in the UK through resource competition and disease spread. This study used mtDNA sequencing to assess patterns of grey squirrel dispersal in the UK. Patterns of genetic variation within the dloop sequence were characterised for seven grey squirrel populations. Infiltration directions and potential barriers to dispersal are identified and discussed, with a focus on Cumbria, a county at the forefront of grey squirrel expansion. Understanding the dynamics of grey squirrel dispersal will aid their management at a landscape scale and enhance the conservation of red squirrels.

KeywordsmtDNA; Grey squirrel; Sciurus; Dispersal
Year2012
JournalLandscape Research
ISSN0142-6397
1469-9710
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/01426397.2012.668179
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/305084
hdl:10545/305084
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