Russian Journal of Genetics

, Volume 49, Issue 6, pp 638–644 | Cite as

Intraspecific genetic differentiation of the Siberian Rubythroat (Luscinia calliope): Data of sequencing the mtDNA cytochrome b gene

  • L. N. Spiridonova
  • O. P. Val’chuk
  • P. S. Belov
  • K. S. Maslovsky
Animal Genetics

Abstract

For the first time, genetic diversity and intraspecific structure of Luscinia calliope was studied according to the data of the mtDNA cytochrome b gene sequencing. The strong differentiation of haplotypes of the Siberian Rubythroat into western and eastern groups, which include subspecies according to their geographical attachment, was revealed. A high-haplotypic (Hd = 0.986) and nucleotide (π= 0.00875) variety was shown for the species as a whole. We revealed considerable genetic distances (D = 0.016) between the western and eastern haplotypes that were four times higher than the intraspecific distances in terms of cytochrome b for passerines (D = 0.004). For three birds from Transbaikal, significant genetic divergence was detected, which could indirectly indicate the existence of the hybrid zone of several subspecies in this part of the area.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. N. Spiridonova
    • 1
  • O. P. Val’chuk
    • 1
  • P. S. Belov
    • 2
  • K. S. Maslovsky
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Biology and Soil Science, Far Eastern BranchRussian Academy of SciencesVladivostokRussia
  2. 2.Far Eastern Federal UniversityVladivostokRussia

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