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Genetic Contributions to Caribbean Iguana Conservation

Catherine L. Malone and Scott K. Davis

in Iguanas

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238541
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930117 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520238541.003.0004
Genetic Contributions to Caribbean Iguana Conservation

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This chapter focuses on the Caribbean iguana genetics and conservation. It suggests that nucleotide sequencing of nuclear and mtDNA genes and nuclear DNA microsatellites are ideal tools for genetic analyses of populations and for species conservation. Microsatellite markers aid in addressing some of the conservation issues facing Caribbean iguanas: genetic distinctiveness and taxonomic status of species, subspecies, and populations; and retention of genetic variation during long-term management of small populations.

Keywords: Caribbean iguana; nucleotide sequencing; microsatellite markers; conservation; genetic variation

Chapter.  5644 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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