The consequences of demographic reduction and genetic depletion in the endangered Florida panther.

  • Roelke M
  • Martenson J
  • O'Brien S
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Abstract

The Florida panther has recently suffered severe range and demographic contraction, leaving a remarkably low level of genetic diversity. This exerts a severe fitness cost, manifested by spermatozoal defects, cryptorchidism, cardiac abnormalities and infectious diseases that threaten the survival of the subspecies.

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Authors

  • M E Roelke

  • J S Martenson

  • S J O'Brien

  • D. Jablonski

  • S.M. Stanley

  • N. Myers

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