Journal article

Genetic structure and diversity of the endangered growling grass frog in a rapidly urbanizing region

Claire C Keely, Joshua M Hale, Geoffrey W Heard, Kirsten M Parris, Joanna Sumner, Andrew J Hamer, Jane Melville

ROYAL SOCIETY OPEN SCIENCE | ROYAL SOC | Published : 2015

Abstract

Two pervasive and fundamental impacts of urbanization are the loss and fragmentation of natural habitats. From a genetic perspective, these impacts manifest as reduced genetic diversity and ultimately reduced genetic viability. The growling grass frog (Litoria raniformis) is listed as vulnerable to extinction in Australia, and endangered in the state of Victoria. Remaining populations of this species in and around the city of Melbourne are threatened by habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation due to urban expansion. We used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and microsatellites to study the genetic structure and diversity of L. raniformis across Melbourne's urban fringe, and also screened four nu..

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