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Within-river genetic connectivity patterns reflect contrasting geomorphology
To test the hypothesis that geomorphological features, shaped by underlying geology, can influence within-river connectivity patterns in freshwater-limited fishes.
Rivers draining the eastern flanks of the Southern Alps in South Island, New Zealand.
We analyse up to 1624 bp of mtDNA from 499 ‘flathead’ Galaxias specimens from 145 localities across 14 different river systems. Variation among sampling sites within systems is characterized using ϕ statistics.
Although similar levels of DNA sequence variation were detected in all rivers sampled, spatial partitioning of this variation was significantly greater within schist (n = 5; mean ϕST = 0.696) than within greywacke (n = 10; mean ϕST = 0.268) rivers.
Population connectivity can be strongly influenced by underlying geology, leading to profound differences in the connectivity, phylogeography and diversity of riverine species.
Publication titleJournal of Biogeography
Department/SchoolSchool of Natural Sciences
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of publication9600 Garsington Rd, Oxford, England, Oxon, Ox4 2Dg
Rights statementCopyright 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.