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Lacking conservation genomics in the giant Galápagos tortoise

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Conservation policy in the giant Galpagos tortoise, an iconic endangered animal, has been assisted by genetic markers for 15 years: a dozen loci have been used to delineate thirteen (sub)species, between which hybridization is prevented. Here, comparative reanalysis of a previously published NGS data set reveals a conflict with traditional markers. Genetic diversity and population substructure in the giant Galpagos tortoise are found to be particularly low, questioning the genetic relevance of current conservation practices. Further examination of giant Galapagos tortoise population genomics is critically needed.

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Loire, Etienne 1; Galtier, Nicolas 2

1 Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), UMR CMAEE and C2B, Montpellier, France
2 ISEM - Univ Montpellier - CNRS - IRD, Montpellier, France
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Loire, Etienne; Galtier, Nicolas. Lacking conservation genomics in the giant Galápagos tortoise. Peer Community Journal, Volume 1 (2021), article  no. e18. doi : 10.24072/pcjournal.24. https://peercommunityjournal.org/articles/10.24072/pcjournal.24/

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