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Unformatted text preview: question: What s hould we protect? If the species isn't really a clear entity phylogenetically, does it deserve a conservation/captive breeding effort? Wayne & Jenks argue that their data should not be used to advocate the discontinuation of the conservation effort of the red wolf. These examples illustrate why the recognition of Evolutionarily Significant Units (ESU) is an issue of great concern in conservation genetics. ESUs are defined various ways, but they are recognized as populations with independent evolutionary histories. Fixed allelic differences or strong phylogenetic support such as multiple synapomorphies distinguishing one population from another are good grounds for the recognition of distinct ESUs. Hence, a full understanding of how to do molecular systematics is very important in molecular conservation genetics....
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This note was uploaded on 11/06/2011 for the course BIO BSC1010 taught by Professor Gwenhauner during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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