Genetic structure of the Black Bog Ant (Formica picea Nylander) in the United Kingdom

Rees, Simon D., Orledge, Glenda M., Bruford, Michael W. and Bourke, Andrew F. G. ORCID: (2010) Genetic structure of the Black Bog Ant (Formica picea Nylander) in the United Kingdom. Conservation Genetics, 11 (3). pp. 823-834.

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Social Hymenoptera have been relatively little studied in terms of conservation genetics even though their sociality and omplementary sex determination potentially influence the interaction of genetics with extinction risk. Using microsatellite markers, we investigated the social and genetic structure of nests and populations of the Black Bog Ant Formica picea at four sites in the UK, where this habitat specialist has a localized and fragmented range. Nests were weakly polygynous (effective queen number, 4–27 per nest) with low orker relatedness. Isolation by distance tended to be present within sites, indicating limited dispersal, but inbreeding was rare. The four study sites fell into three main populations (two in South Wales, one in southern England). We conclude that, although UK F. picea populations are not at immediate risk from genetic factors, their limited dispersal abilities at both within- and between-site scales should inform conservation management decisions.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Organisms and the Environment
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2010 13:36
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2024 00:02
DOI: 10.1007/s10592-009-9915-z

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