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Biol Lett. 2008 Feb 23;4(1):134-8.

Rapid loss of genetic variation in an endangered possum.

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  • 1Department of Genetics, CESAR, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010, Australia.

Abstract

The endangered mountain pygmy possum is the only Australian marsupial that hibernates under snow cover. Most of its alpine habitat was burnt by a rare fire in 2003, and habitat loss and disturbance have also occurred owing to ski resort development. Here we show that there has been a rapid loss of genetic variation following habitat loss associated with resort development, but no detectable loss of alleles or decrease in heterozygosity following the fire.

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PMC2413263
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