How accurate are coat traits for discriminating wild and hybrid forms of Felis silvestris?

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dc.contributor.author Ballesteros-Duperón, E.
dc.contributor.author Virgós, E.
dc.contributor.author Moleón, M.
dc.contributor.author Barea-Azcón, J.M.
dc.contributor.author Gil-Sánchez, J.M.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-02T15:10:49Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-02T15:10:49Z
dc.date.issued 2015-02
dc.identifier.citation Ballesteros-Duperón, E. 2015. How accurate are coat traits for discriminating wild and hybrid forms of Felis silvestris? Mammalia 79 (1), pp. 101-110. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0025-1461 (Print)
dc.identifier.issn 1864-1547 (Online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/20413
dc.description.abstract Hybridisation between domestic cats, Felis catus, and wildcats, Felis silvestris, could lead to the genetic extinction of the latter; therefore, checking hybridisation rates in wild populations is of vital conservation importance. However, detecting hybridisation in the field is particularly challenging. Here, we aim to test the success of morphological-based procedures for discriminating wildcats from their hybrids and domestic cats, against genetic methods. We checked 17 putative Spanish wildcats by using two different classification systems based on coat patterns. None of the putative wildcats analysed in this study seemed to have an admixed genotype. Concordance between genetic and pelage approaches was almost total: only one coat classification produced mixed results with detection of one potential hybrid. Assignment was worse when performed in the field after a rapid examination of coat characters. We conclude that classification systems using coat traits could serve as surrogates of genetic approaches, but only after careful examination of those characters with more discriminatory power. Thus, the control of hybrid populations in the field as a management tool to preserve the genetic identity of wild forms is problematic if based on crude approaches or incomplete classification systems. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Walter de Gruyter GmbH en_ZA
dc.subject genetic introgression en_ZA
dc.subject morphological discrimination en_ZA
dc.subject pelage characters en_ZA
dc.subject Spain en_ZA
dc.subject wildcat en_ZA
dc.subject accuracy assessment en_ZA
dc.subject classification en_ZA
dc.subject detection method en_ZA
dc.subject extinction en_ZA
dc.subject felid en_ZA
dc.subject genetic analysis en_ZA
dc.subject hybridization en_ZA
dc.subject introgression en_ZA
dc.subject morphology en_ZA
dc.subject pelage en_ZA
dc.subject phenotype en_ZA
dc.subject wild population en_ZA
dc.subject Felis catus en_ZA
dc.subject Felis silvestris en_ZA
dc.title How accurate are coat traits for discriminating wild and hybrid forms of Felis silvestris? en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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