Genetic variations in space and time in Parnassius mnemosyne (L.) (Lepidoptera) populations in north-east Hungary

Implications for conservation

Emese Meglécz, Gabriel Nève, Katalin Pecsenye, Z. Varga

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Abstract

The population structure of the clouded Apollo butterfly Parnassius mnemosyne was investigated by mark-release-recapture studies and by allozyme polymorphism in north-east Hungary. Large differences were observed in the estimated sizes of different populations. The results of the genetic analysis suggest that even large populations may have small effective population sizes, due to uneven sex ratio, recent bottlenecks and founder effect. The results of both the genetic and MRR studies indicated that the Bukk populations exist as a metapopulation. However, populations from different geographical regions were highly differentiated, indicating restricted gene flow between them. Loss of genetic variability was observed in a small, isolated population. Practical advice is given on how to manage woodland to maintain genetic diversity; it is concluded that many small clearings made close to existing habitat patches is superior to making fewer, larger clearings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-259
Number of pages9
JournalBiological Conservation
Volume89
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1999

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space and time
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Lepidoptera
founder effect
effective population size
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genetic analysis
metapopulation
allozyme
butterfly
sex ratio
gene flow
population structure
woodland
polymorphism
population size
mark-recapture studies

Keywords

  • Mark-release-recapture
  • Metapopulation
  • Parnassius mnemosyne
  • Population size
  • Population structure

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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Genetic variations in space and time in Parnassius mnemosyne (L.) (Lepidoptera) populations in north-east Hungary : Implications for conservation. / Meglécz, Emese; Nève, Gabriel; Pecsenye, Katalin; Varga, Z.

In: Biological Conservation, Vol. 89, No. 3, 08.1999, p. 251-259.

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