SNP genotyping of Lord Howe woodhen (Hypotaenidia sylvestris) from museum skins and contemporary blood samples

Richard Major, Kyle Ewart, Dean Portelli, Andrew King, Leah Tsang, Terry O’Dwyer, Nicholas Carlile, Christo Haselden, Hank Bower, David Alquezar-Planas, Rebecca Johnson & Mark Eldridge
These data are from a conservation genetics project investigating population structure, dispersal and genetic bottlenecks in the Lord Howe woodhen Hypotaenidia sylvestris. This species recovered from near extinction in the 1970s to approximately 250 individuals in 2017. We used single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) to genotype samples of both the contemporary population and 100-year-old museum specimens. We discovered strong population structuring between mountain and lowland "subpopulations" in both the contemporary and historic populations. This is indicative...

Registration Year

  • 2020

Resource Types

  • Dataset


  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Australian Museum