Local adaptation in Citril finches: Divergent selection, asymmetric movements, preference for familiars and other stories
Juan Carlos SENAR
Museu de Ciencies Naturals de Barcelona email@example.com
(Seminar in English)
The Citril finch (Serinus citrinella) is a small granivorous non-territorial Cardueline finch breeding at high den-sities in the Pyrenees. In this area, the interaction between a Mediterranean influence and high altitudes creates a significant contrast between north- and south- facing slopes, so that patches of highly differentiat-ed habitats appear at very close proximity. Analyses have shown that birds inhabiting the two slopes have dif-ferentiated in behaviour, diet, breeding ecology, population dynamics, morphology and genetics. Move-ments between the two populations are asymmetric, from south (i.e. bad quality) to north (i.e. good quality) facing slopes, in a dynamics that we coined of "sources and pools". The populations intermix during winter, when pairing takes place, but the mechanism of mating preference for familiar individuals maintains the dif-ferentiation. The system can be maintained by a good adaptation to bad localities.
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