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Article << Previous     |     Next >>   Contents Vol 35(3)

The genetics of mammalian invasions: a review

Jeremy B. Searle

A Department of Biology, University of York, PO Box 373, York YO10 5YW, England, UK.
B Email: jbs3@york.ac.uk
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This review takes a broad perspective on mammalian invasions and considers genetic aspects of both natural colonisation and conservation-related translocations as a backdrop to the genetics of introductions of wildlife-management concern. Genetics can help characterise invading populations in useful ways and can reveal, with greater or lesser precision, the geographical sources of invasions, their timing and how many individuals were involved. Invading mammals may affect the genetics of natives indirectly or directly, and it is important to be able to document this. There is a need to consider both ‘organism invasion’ and ‘gene invasion’. Genetics often provides an unexpected perspective on invasion biology. Examples illustrating all these points are provided through the article.

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