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Genetic structure of two pseudoscorpion species living in tree hollows in Sweden

Ranius, T.  Douwes, P.  

Abstract

Two saproxylic pseudoscorpions, Larca lata and Allochernes wideri, were compared in an analysis of genetic structure in southern Sweden. Allochernes wideri is a relatively widely distributed species that occurs in single-standing trees and in small tree hollows, while L. lata is on the Swedish red list and confined to larger assemblages of very old trees with hollows containing large amounts of wood mould. In A. wideri, the polymorphism of PGM was used, whereas in L. lata the variation for PGI was studied. The genetic differentiation between trees within a site was low for both species, indicating that the migration between nearby trees is considerable despite the fact that phoretic dispersal has only been occasionally observed in these species. Between sites, situated four to 900 km from each other, the genetic differentiation was small both in A. wideri and L. lata with no difference between the species, when considered on the mainland only. The small differentiation suggests the habitat was fragmented recently (100-170 years ago). The relation between the rate of migration and long-term population survival and the risk of mis-interpretation due to selection for alleles is discussed

Key words

Allochernes wideri, Allozymes, Dispersal, Habitat fragmentation, Larca lata, Phoresy.

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