Population Ecology

, Volume 46, Issue 3, pp 281–285

Demographic versus genetic dispersal measures

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DOI: 10.1007/s10144-004-0197-5

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Vandewoestijne, S. & Baguette, M. Popul Ecol (2004) 46: 281. doi:10.1007/s10144-004-0197-5


Quantifying dispersal, a fundamental biological process, is far from simple. Here, both direct and indirect methods were employed to estimate dispersal in an endangered butterfly species. A high and significant correlation between the dispersal patterns, generated by an inverse power function fitted to capture-mark-recapture (CMR) data on the one hand, and population genetic analyses on the other hand, was observed. Stepping-stone type movements were detected by both methods, evidence for the importance of connectivity in the studied metapopulation. These results are particularly relevant to those population and conservation biology studies where quantifying dispersal is essential for the elaboration of successful management actions.


CaptureMarkRecaptureGene flowMetapopulationRAPD

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Biodiversity Research CentreUniversité catholique de LouvainLouvain-la-NeuveBelgium