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Genetic Diversity Analysis of the Only White-Red Deer Population in China

Genetic Diversity Analysis of the Only White-Red Deer Population in China

Ruobing Han, Shanshan Gui, Xunwu Zhao and Heping Li*

College of Wildlife and Protected Area, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040, China.

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The white-red deer population in China is composed of 28 individuals introduced from New Zealand. However, the genetic relationships between these individuals is unknown. The aim of the present study was to determine the genetic diversity and genetic relationship in the white-red deer population. We used ten microsatellite loci to genotype all 28 white-red deer individuals in China, and constructed a Neighbor-joining (NJ) tree based on genetic distances. In addition, genetic structure analysis was carried out. The results showed that a total of 67 alleles were detected, and the average number of alleles at each locus was 6.7. There was high genetic diversity but severe inbreeding in the white-red deer population, and there is no father-mother-offspring relationship or father-offspring relationship in white-red deer population. Our study provides the essential data support and reference for the conservation and sustainable development of the domestic white-red deer population in China.

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology


Pakistan J. Zool., Vol. 55, Iss. 5, pp. 2001-2500


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