Journal article

Latitude-wide genetic patterns reveal historical effects and contrasting patterns of turnover and nestedness at the range peripheries of a tropical marine fish

Libby Liggins, David J Booth, Will F Figueira, Eric A Treml, Linda Tonk, Tyrone Ridgway, David A Harris, Cynthia Riginos

ECOGRAPHY | WILEY | Published : 2015


Few studies have examined core-periphery genetic patterns in tropical marine taxa. The core-periphery hypothesis (CPH) predicts that core populations will have higher genetic diversity and lower genetic differentiation than peripheral populations as a consequence of greater population sizes and population connectivity in the core. However, the applicability of the CPH to many tropical marine taxa may be confounded by their complex population histories and/or high (asymmetric) population connectivity. In this study we investigated genetic patterns (based on mtDNA) across the latitudinal range of the neon damselfish Pomacentrus coelestis (36°N, Japan - 37°S, east Australia). We suggest a novel..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) NSF

Awarded by Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation

Funding Acknowledgements

We are grateful for the logistic, permitting, and research support provided by several individuals, research institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations. Full acknowledgment of these groups and permit information is provided in the Supplementary material Appendix 4. Funding for this work was provided by the Australian Research Council (DP0878306, to CR) and an Explorer's Club Exploration Fund (to LL). LT was supported by funding from the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. LL was supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award from the Australian Government, a Queensland Government Smart Futures PhD Scholarship, and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) NSF #EF-0905606. Many of the ideas discussed here grew out of work funded by the Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation (SWR/1/2012, to CR and LL), a Paddy Pallin Foundation and The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife Science Grant, an Ecological Society of Australia Student Research Grant, the Lerner Gray Memorial Fund of the American Museum of Natural History, and a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Science for Management Award (to LL). We are grateful for comments from A. Baselga that improved the manuscript.