Data from: Spatial patterns of immunogenetic and neutral variation underscore the conservation value of small, isolated American badger populations

Yessica Rico, Danielle M. Ethier, Christina Davy, Josh Sayers, Rich D. Weir, Bradley J. Swanson, Joseph J. Nocera, Christopher J. Kyle, Christina M. Davy & Richard D. Weir
Small and isolated populations often exhibit low genetic diversity due to drift and inbreeding, but may simultaneously harbour adaptive variation. We investigate spatial distributions of immunogenetic variation in American badger subspecies (Taxidea taxus), as a proxy for evaluating their evolutionary potential across the northern extent of the species’ range. We compared genetic structure of 20 microsatellites and the Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) to evaluate if small isolated populations show low adaptive polymorphism relative to large...
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