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Hybridization following population collapse in a critically endangered antelope

Overview of attention for article published in Scientific Reports, January 2016
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Hybridization following population collapse in a critically endangered antelope
Published in
Scientific Reports, January 2016
DOI 10.1038/srep18788
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Pedro Vaz Pinto, Pedro Beja, Nuno Ferrand, Raquel Godinho


Population declines may promote interspecific hybridization due to the shortage of conspecific mates (Hubb's 'desperation' hypothesis), thus greatly increasing the risk of species extinction. Yet, confirming this process in the wild has proved elusive. Here we combine camera-trapping and molecular surveys over seven years to document demographic processes associated with introgressive hybridization between the critically endangered giant sable antelope (Hippotragus niger variani), and the naturally sympatric roan antelope (H. equinus). Hybrids with intermediate phenotypes, including backcrosses with roan, were confirmed in one of the two remnant giant sable populations. Hybridization followed population depletion of both species due to severe wartime poaching. In the absence of mature sable males, a mixed herd of sable females and hybrids formed and grew progressively over time. To prevent further hybridization and recover this small population, all sable females were confined to a large enclosure, to which sables from the other remnant population were translocated. Given the large scale declines in many animal populations, hybridization and introgression associated with the scarcity of conspecific mates may be an increasing cause of biodiversity conservation concern. In these circumstances, the early detection of hybrids should be a priority in the conservation management of small populations.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Portugal 2 2%
Spain 1 1%
United States 1 1%
Germany 1 1%
Unknown 87 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 20 22%
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 16%
Researcher 14 15%
Student > Bachelor 11 12%
Other 5 5%
Other 9 10%
Unknown 18 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 47 51%
Environmental Science 11 12%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 7 8%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 3%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 1 1%
Other 1 1%
Unknown 22 24%
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