Genetic evidence for human-mediated introduction of Anatolian water frogs (Pelophylax cf. bedriagae) to Cyprus (Amphibia: Ranidae)

Plötner, Jörg
Akın Pekşen, Çiğdem
Baier, Felix
Uzzell, Thomas
Bilgin, Cemal Can
e found in two water frogs captured in Cyprus, the distribution area of P. cypriensis, nuclear alleles and mitochondrial haplotypes that are characteristic of An-atolian water frogs, Pelophylax cf. bedriagae. Mitochondrial and nuclear DNA data strongly indicate that the ancestors of these two frogs did not arrive on Cyprus via a land bridge or overseas dispersal but were unintentionally introduced by humans, most probably together with carp fingerlings. Both individuals exhibited recombined nuclear genomes characteristic of backcross hybrids. Further investigations are need-ed to estimate the amount of introgression of allochthonous alleles into the gene pool of P. cypriensis.
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J. Plötner, Ç. Akın Pekşen, F. Baier, T. Uzzell, and C. C. Bilgin, “Genetic evidence for human-mediated introduction of Anatolian water frogs (Pelophylax cf. bedriagae) to Cyprus (Amphibia: Ranidae),” Zoology In The Middle East, pp. 125–132, 2015, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: