GENETIC DIFFERENTIATION OF GREY WOLF POPULATION (CANIS LUPUS L.) FROM BALKAN AND CARPATHIANS

Jana Bakan, Lavadinović Vukan, Zoran Popović, Ladislav Paule

Abstract


 Genetic differentiation of grey wolf (Canis lupus) populations from the Balkans (Serbia and Bulgaria) and the Western Carpathians was studied by means of using tissue and bone samples from legally hunted wolves. In total, 339 samples of tissues and bones and small number of feaces, blood and urine samples were used. Genotyping was based on 15 microsatellites of nuclear DNA. Genetic differentiation was studied using Bayesian approach (structure software). Obtained results showed the differenetiation between the Balkan and the Carpathian populations as well as between the Bulgarian population and both populations from Serbia and Slovakia. There are indications of migration towards west. Although these results are based on the nuclear markers, it would be advised to reanalyze the samples using mtDNA markers.


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Carpathians, Balkan, genetic differentiation, Canis lupus

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