|SREL Reprint #1996|
GENETIC STRUCTURE OF REINTRODUCED RIO GRANDE WILD TURKEYS IN KANSAS
OLIN E. RHODES, JR., Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Drawer E, Aiken, SC 29801,
Abstract: We investigated genetic structure within and among wintering flocks of
Rio Grande wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo intermedia) to assess the
importance of local individual flocks to managing and conserving genetic diversity
of the wild turkey. We documented genetic differences among 4 local flocks of
female turkeys reintroduced in south-central Kansas. We estimated that >2% (P
< 0.001) of the total genetic variation observed is partitioned among the 4
wintering flocks sampled. Analysis of a wintering flock sampled in 1991 and 1992
indicated no change in gene frequencies between years (P = 0.65). Spatial genetic
differentiation of Rio Grande turkeys may be the result of breeding tactics and
occurrence of family groups on wintering areas. In this study genetic variation
appeared to be conserved within flocks of Rio Grande wild turkeys.
SREL Reprint #1996
Rhodes, O.E., Jr., D.J. Buford, M.S. Miller, and R.S. Lutz. 1995. Genetic structure of reintroduced Rio Grande wild turkeys in Kansas. Journal of Wildlife Management 59:771-775.