Range-wide conservation genetics of Buff-breasted Sandpipers (Tryngites subruficollis)

Zachary Lounsberry, Juliana B. Almeida, Tony Grace, Richard B. Lanctot, Joe Liebezeit, Brett K. Sandercock, Khara M. Strum, Steve Zack, Samantha M. Wisely

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Range-wide monitoring of shorebirds (Aves: Charadriiformes) suggests that many species are declining. For most species, it is unknown whether distinct population units exist, which makes management and conservation difficult. One shorebird of conservation concern, the Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis), is a New World migrant that breeds at Arctic latitudes in North America and Russia and winters in southeastern South America. We conducted a molecular survey of samples representing each of three migratory regions (breeding, migration, and wintering) using nine polymorphic microsatellite loci and 1.5 kb of highly variable mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from the cytochrome b gene and mtDNA control region. We analyzed contemporary population structure, demographic trends, and phylogeographic patterns. Overall, microsatellite and mtDNA analyses revealed that Buff-breasted Sandpipers are panmictic both regionally and at a global scale, with no signal of a recent genetic bottleneck. The mtDNA analyses revealed a pattern of haplotype diversity consistent with an expansion from a single refugium (Tajima's D: -2.27, P < 0.01; Fu's F S: -30.6, P < 0.0001), after the height of the Wisconsinan glaciation (8,400-45,000 years before present). Overall, our molecular analyses suggest that Buff-breasted Sandpipers should be treated as a single conservation unit, and management efforts for this species should focus on limiting future declines to ensure that genetic viability is maintained. Received 30 October 2012, accepted 22 February 2013.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-439
Number of pages11
JournalAuk
Volume130
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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Scolopacidae
conservation genetics
germplasm conservation
mitochondrial DNA
wader
microsatellite repeats
Charadriiformes
demographic trend
population bottleneck
Aves
glaciation
refugium
refuge habitats
cytochrome b
Russia
cytochrome
population structure
Arctic region
haplotypes
viability

Keywords

  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper
  • Microsatellites
  • MtDNA
  • Phylogeography
  • Population bottleneck
  • Shorebird
  • Tryngites subruficollis
  • Wader

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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Lounsberry, Z., Almeida, J. B., Grace, T., Lanctot, R. B., Liebezeit, J., Sandercock, B. K., ... Wisely, S. M. (2013). Range-wide conservation genetics of Buff-breasted Sandpipers (Tryngites subruficollis). Auk, 130(3), 429-439. https://doi.org/10.1525/auk.2013.12206

Range-wide conservation genetics of Buff-breasted Sandpipers (Tryngites subruficollis). / Lounsberry, Zachary; Almeida, Juliana B.; Grace, Tony; Lanctot, Richard B.; Liebezeit, Joe; Sandercock, Brett K.; Strum, Khara M.; Zack, Steve; Wisely, Samantha M.

In: Auk, Vol. 130, No. 3, 01.01.2013, p. 429-439.

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Lounsberry, Z, Almeida, JB, Grace, T, Lanctot, RB, Liebezeit, J, Sandercock, BK, Strum, KM, Zack, S & Wisely, SM 2013, 'Range-wide conservation genetics of Buff-breasted Sandpipers (Tryngites subruficollis)', Auk, vol. 130, no. 3, pp. 429-439. https://doi.org/10.1525/auk.2013.12206
Lounsberry Z, Almeida JB, Grace T, Lanctot RB, Liebezeit J, Sandercock BK et al. Range-wide conservation genetics of Buff-breasted Sandpipers (Tryngites subruficollis). Auk. 2013 Jan 1;130(3):429-439. https://doi.org/10.1525/auk.2013.12206
Lounsberry, Zachary ; Almeida, Juliana B. ; Grace, Tony ; Lanctot, Richard B. ; Liebezeit, Joe ; Sandercock, Brett K. ; Strum, Khara M. ; Zack, Steve ; Wisely, Samantha M. / Range-wide conservation genetics of Buff-breasted Sandpipers (Tryngites subruficollis). In: Auk. 2013 ; Vol. 130, No. 3. pp. 429-439.
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