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High genetic diversity despite the potential for stepping-stone colonizations in an invasive species of gecko on Moorea, French Polynesia

Tonione, Maria A.; Reeder, Natalie; Moritz, Craig C.


Invasive species often have reduced genetic diversity, but the opposite can be true if there have been multiple introductions and genetic admixture. Reduced diversity is most likely soon after establishment, in remote locations, when there is lower propagule pressure and with stepping-stone colonizations. The common house gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) was introduced to Moorea, French Polynesia in the remote eastern Pacific within the last two decades and accordingly is expected to exhibit low...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011-11-02
Type: Journal article
Source: PLoS ONE
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0026874


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