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Volume 81, Issue 3 (May 2017)


Genetic differentiation of the Korean striped field mouse, Apodemus agrarius (Muridae, Rodentia), based on microsatellite polymorphism

Yeong-Seok JoORCID iD: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0711-3871 / Han-Na Kim
  • Department of Science Education, Ewha Womans University, Seoul 120-750, Korea
/ John T. Baccus
  • Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409, USA
/ Jongwoo Jung
  • Corresponding author
  • Department of Science Education, Ewha Womans University, Seoul 120-750, Korea
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Published Online: 2016-05-03 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2015-0152


The striped field mouse (Apodemus agrarius) is one of the most common mammals in Korea, however, limited research has focused on the population structure and biogeography of this mouse throughout Korea. In addition, the taxonomic status of the species remains unresolved. The objectives of our study were to address the inadequacies in understanding the population structure, biogeography, and taxonomic status of A. agrarius. We collected 160 samples from 13 localities throughout the South Korean Peninsula, two nearby islands and two remote islands. We used five microsatellite loci and estimated genetic diversity measures and populations divergence estimates (i.e. FST and RST) to address the objectives. Except for populations on the two remote islands, Jeju and Heuksan, the populations on the peninsula and nearby islands indicated low FST and RST values. The population structure based on microsatellite loci supported only one subspecies opposing three subspecies reported previously on the Korean Peninsula and nearby islands. However, populations on Jeju Island and Heuksan Island showed subspecific differences from each other and the populations on the Korean Peninsula and nearby islands. The information reported on the population genetics of the striped field mouse in Korea will allow resolving the taxonomy and biogeography of this species.

Keywords: Apodemus agrarius; Korea; microsatellite; population genetics; striped field mouse


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About the article

Received: 2015-09-03

Accepted: 2016-04-06

Published Online: 2016-05-03

Published in Print: 2017-05-01

Funding Source: National Institute of Biological Resources

Award identifier / Grant number: NIBR201403201

Hong Seomum and Oh-Sun Lee assisted with the field work. We appreciate the anonymous reviewers of this manuscript for valuable suggestions and comments. Sampling and funding were supported by the National Institute of Biological Resources (NIBR) of the Ministry of Environment, Korea (The Genetic and Genomic Evaluation of Indigenous Biological Resources: NIBR201403201).

Citation Information: Mammalia, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2015-0152. Export Citation

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