Genetic diversity of the European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis) in the South-West region of Hungary - First results

Tamás Molnár, István Lehoczky, Marcell Molnár, Ildikó Benedek, István Magyary, Zsigmond Jeney, Attila Zsolnai

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A set of five polymorphic microsatellite markers developed in Emydoidea blandingii was characterized for crossspecies amplification in the European pond turtle, Emys orbicularis. The markers were tested for polymorphism in a total of 155 turtles sampled in four natural habitats in the Danube-Drava National Park, South-West Hungary in order to determine the genetic diversity of European pond turtle populations and to check the functionality of existing ecological corridors in the region. The number of alleles varied from 5 to 24. Observed heterozygosity was moderate (0.43-0.55), while the level for expected heterozygosity ranged from 0.76 to 0.80. Significant heterozygote deficit was found in the populations accompanied by a low degree of genetic differentiation (F ST ranges from 0.0166 to 0.0652). Wahlund effect was demonstrated in two populations. The ecological corridor between two water catchment areas (Lake Balaton and Drava River) fulfils its role only partially.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-526
Number of pages8
JournalAmphibia Reptilia
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - dec. 1 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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