Data from: A voyage to Terra Australis: human-mediated dispersal of cats

Katrin Koch, Dave Algar, Jeremy B. Searle, Markus Pfenninger & Klaus Schwenk
Background. Cats have been transported as human commensals worldwide giving rise to many feral populations. In Australia, feral cats have caused decline and extinction of native mammals, but their time of introduction and origin is unclear. Here, we investigate hypotheses of cat arrival pre- or post-European settlement, and the potential for admixture between cats of different invasion events. We analyse the genetic structure and diversity of feral cats from six locations on mainland Australia, seven...
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