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Hawaiian hoary bat population genetics 1988 to 2020

January 17, 2023

Genetic diversity levels, effective population size estimates, and population structure of the endangered Hawaiian hoary bat (Lasiurus semotus, also known as Aeorestes semotus) were examined across the islands of Hawai‘i, Maui, O‘ahu, and Kaua‘i using eighteen nuclear microsatellite loci and one mitochondrial gene from 339 individuals collected between 1988 and 2020. The study extracted DNA for population genetic analyses from tissue samples, collected from live bats captured as part of ongoing field studies or under rehabilitation care, from bat carcasses collected by local federal and state wildlife agencies and wind energy facilities, and from dried skin specimens at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. A region of the mitochondrial CO1 gene was sequenced in 321 individuals and eighteen nuclear microsatellite loci were amplified from 298 individuals. This data release contains three data files: (1) microsatellite allele fragment size data, (2) mitochondrial DNA CO1 sequences, and (3) sample collection site data and groupings used for population genetic testing.

Publication Year 2023
Title Hawaiian hoary bat population genetics 1988 to 2020
DOI 10.5066/P9COQ3ZK
Authors Corinna Pinzari, Mona Renee Bellinger, Donald K. Price, Frank J. Bonaccorso
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center