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Multi-locus phylogeographic and population genetic analysis of Anolis carolinensis: historical demography of a genomic model species.

Tollis M, Ausubel G, Ghimire D, Boissinot S - PLoS ONE (2012)

Bottom Line: Using Bayesian Skyline Plots, we inferred the timing of population size expansions, which differ across lineages, and found evidence for a relatively recent and rapid westward expansion of green anoles across the Gulf Coastal Plain during the mid-Pleistocene.One surprising result is that the distribution of genetic diversity is not consistent with a latitudinal shift caused by climatic oscillations as is observed for many co-distributed taxa.This suggests that the most recent Pleistocene glacial cycles had a limited impact on the geographic distribution of the green anole at the northern limits of its range.

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Affiliation: Biology Department, Queens College, City University of New York, Flushing, New York, United States of America.

ABSTRACT
The green anole (Anolis carolinensis) has been widely used as an animal model in physiology and neurobiology but has recently emerged as an important genomic model. The recent sequencing of its genome has shed new light on the evolution of vertebrate genomes and on the process that govern species diversification. Surprisingly, the patterns of genetic diversity within natural populations of this widespread and abundant North American lizard remain relatively unknown. In the present study, we use 10 novel nuclear DNA sequence loci (N = 62 to 152) and one mitochondrial locus (N = 226) to delimit green anole populations and infer their historical demography. We uncovered four evolutionarily distinct and geographically restricted lineages of green anoles using phylogenetics, bayesian clustering, and genetic distance methods. Molecular dating indicates that these lineages last shared a common ancestor ∼2 million years ago. Summary statistics and analysis of the frequency distributions of DNA polymorphisms strongly suggest range-wide expansions in population size. Using Bayesian Skyline Plots, we inferred the timing of population size expansions, which differ across lineages, and found evidence for a relatively recent and rapid westward expansion of green anoles across the Gulf Coastal Plain during the mid-Pleistocene. One surprising result is that the distribution of genetic diversity is not consistent with a latitudinal shift caused by climatic oscillations as is observed for many co-distributed taxa. This suggests that the most recent Pleistocene glacial cycles had a limited impact on the geographic distribution of the green anole at the northern limits of its range.

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Mentions: We collected 159 anoles in NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, TN, LA and AR during 2009 through 2011 and obtained their tail or liver tissues. We also obtained the tissues of nine Texan anoles from Andre Pires da Silva of the University of Texas at Arlington, and 31 blood samples from individuals collected at additional sites in SC, GA and FL given to us by Bryan Falk of the American Museum of Natural History. A map in Figure 1 shows the geographic distribution of all samples. The GPS coordinates of each collecting locality are included in Table S1. DNA was extracted from tissues via proteinase K digestion followed by purification with the Promega Wizard Genomic DNA Purification standard protocol, except for the blood samples for which we slightly modified the protocol with a smaller final elution volume to compensate for slightly lower yield.


Multi-locus phylogeographic and population genetic analysis of Anolis carolinensis: historical demography of a genomic model species.

Tollis M, Ausubel G, Ghimire D, Boissinot S - PLoS ONE (2012)

Sampling localities.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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pone-0038474-g001: Sampling localities.
Mentions: We collected 159 anoles in NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, TN, LA and AR during 2009 through 2011 and obtained their tail or liver tissues. We also obtained the tissues of nine Texan anoles from Andre Pires da Silva of the University of Texas at Arlington, and 31 blood samples from individuals collected at additional sites in SC, GA and FL given to us by Bryan Falk of the American Museum of Natural History. A map in Figure 1 shows the geographic distribution of all samples. The GPS coordinates of each collecting locality are included in Table S1. DNA was extracted from tissues via proteinase K digestion followed by purification with the Promega Wizard Genomic DNA Purification standard protocol, except for the blood samples for which we slightly modified the protocol with a smaller final elution volume to compensate for slightly lower yield.

Bottom Line: Using Bayesian Skyline Plots, we inferred the timing of population size expansions, which differ across lineages, and found evidence for a relatively recent and rapid westward expansion of green anoles across the Gulf Coastal Plain during the mid-Pleistocene.One surprising result is that the distribution of genetic diversity is not consistent with a latitudinal shift caused by climatic oscillations as is observed for many co-distributed taxa.This suggests that the most recent Pleistocene glacial cycles had a limited impact on the geographic distribution of the green anole at the northern limits of its range.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Biology Department, Queens College, City University of New York, Flushing, New York, United States of America.

ABSTRACT
The green anole (Anolis carolinensis) has been widely used as an animal model in physiology and neurobiology but has recently emerged as an important genomic model. The recent sequencing of its genome has shed new light on the evolution of vertebrate genomes and on the process that govern species diversification. Surprisingly, the patterns of genetic diversity within natural populations of this widespread and abundant North American lizard remain relatively unknown. In the present study, we use 10 novel nuclear DNA sequence loci (N = 62 to 152) and one mitochondrial locus (N = 226) to delimit green anole populations and infer their historical demography. We uncovered four evolutionarily distinct and geographically restricted lineages of green anoles using phylogenetics, bayesian clustering, and genetic distance methods. Molecular dating indicates that these lineages last shared a common ancestor ∼2 million years ago. Summary statistics and analysis of the frequency distributions of DNA polymorphisms strongly suggest range-wide expansions in population size. Using Bayesian Skyline Plots, we inferred the timing of population size expansions, which differ across lineages, and found evidence for a relatively recent and rapid westward expansion of green anoles across the Gulf Coastal Plain during the mid-Pleistocene. One surprising result is that the distribution of genetic diversity is not consistent with a latitudinal shift caused by climatic oscillations as is observed for many co-distributed taxa. This suggests that the most recent Pleistocene glacial cycles had a limited impact on the geographic distribution of the green anole at the northern limits of its range.

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