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Genetic evaluation of the Iberian lynx ex situ conservation programme

Ex situ programmes have become critical for improving the conservation of many threatened species, as they establish backup populations and provide individuals for reintroduction and reinforcement of wild populations. The Iberian lynx was considered the most threatened felid species in the world in the wake of a dramatic decline during the second half of the 20th century. An ex situ conservation programme was established in 2003 with individuals from the two well-differentiated, remnant...

Landscape change promotes the emergence of a rare predator-prey interaction

Diet studies provide basic natural history information to understand food web dynamics. However, measuring the dietary breadth of rare, elusive species is extremely challenging due to their scarcity and/or cryptic behavior. Here, for the first time, an uncommon predatory interaction –nest predation– between two of the most elusive and rare species in Europe, the Iberian lynx and the red-necked nightjar is documented.

Spatiotemporal dynamics of genetic variation in the Iberian lynx along its path to extinction reconstructed with ancient DNA

There is the tendency to assume that endangered species have been both genetically and demographically healthier in the past. The Iberian lynx suffered a dramatic and continuous decline during the 20th century. Ancient, historical, and contemporary samples with microsatellite and mitogenome data were analyzed to reconstruct the species' demography and investigate patterns of genetic variation across space and time.

Extreme genomic erosion in the highly endangered Iberian lynx

Genomic studies of endangered species provide insights into their evolution and demographic history, reveal patterns of genomic erosion that might limit their viability, and offer tools for their effective conservation. The Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) is the most endangered felid and a unique example of a species on the brink of extinction. The first annotated draft of the Iberian lynx genome has been generated and genome-based analyses of lynx demography, evolution, and population genetics...

Iberian lynx down-listed in the IUCN Red List

After six decades of decline and pronounced range contraction, between 2002 and 2012 population size of the Iberian Lynx has continuously increased from 52 to 156 mature individuals in the two remaining wild populations.