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Curr Biol. 1993 Jun 1;3(6):340-50.

The consequences of demographic reduction and genetic depletion in the endangered Florida panther.

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Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission, Wildlife Research Laboratory, Gainesville, Florida 32601, USA.

Abstract

The Florida panther has recently suffered severe range and demographic contraction, leaving a remarkably low level of genetic diversity. This exerts a severe fitness cost, manifested by spermatozoal defects, cryptorchidism, cardiac abnormalities and infectious diseases that threaten the survival of the subspecies.

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