Comparative phylogeography reveals consistently shallow genetic diversity in a mitochondrial marker in Antarctic bdelloid rotifers

Cakil Z. V. , Garlasche G., Iakovenko N., Di Cesare A., Eckert E. M. , Guidetti R., ...More

JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, vol.48, no.7, pp.1797-1809, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 48 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/jbi.14116
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY
  • Page Numbers: pp.1797-1809


Aim The long history of isolation of the Antarctic continent, coupled with the harsh ecological conditions of freezing temperatures, could affect the patterns of genetic diversity in the organisms living there. We aim (a) to test whether such pattern can be seen in a mitochondrial marker of bdelloid rotifers, a group of microscopic aquatic and limno-terrestrial animals and (b) to speculate on the potential mechanisms driving the pattern.