Genetic Variation among Subspecies of Least Tern(Sterna antillarum): Implications for Conservation

Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) Science Article 2

abstract

DNA sequence variation from two nuclear introns and part of the mitochondrial cytochromebgenewere used to evaluate population structure among three subspecies of Least Tern that nest in the United States (California[Sterna antillarum browni], Interior [S. a. athalassos], Eastern [S. a. antillarum]). Sequence variation was highestfor nuclear intron XI (Gadp) within the glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase gene.

JOANNA B. WHITTIER et al., Waterbirds 29(2): 176-184, 2006

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