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Data from: Recent colonization of the Galapagos by the tree Geoffroea spinosa Jacq. (Leguminosae)

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Caetano, Sofia et al. (2012). Data from: Recent colonization of the Galapagos by the tree Geoffroea spinosa Jacq. (Leguminosae) [Dataset]. Dryad.


This study puts together genetic data and an Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC) approach to infer the time at which the tree Geoffroea spinosa colonized the Galápagos Islands. The genetic diversity and differentiation between Peru and Galápagos population samples, estimated using three chloroplast spacers and six microsatellite loci, reveal significant differences between two mainland regions separated by the Andes mountains (Inter Andean versus Pacific Coast) as well as a significant genetic differentiation of island populations. Microsatellites identify two distinct geographic clusters, the Galápagos and the mainland, and chloroplast markers show a private haplotype in the Galápagos. The nuclear distinctiveness of the InterAndean populations suggests current restricted pollen flow, but chloroplast points to cross-Andean dispersals via seeds, indicating that the Andes might not be an effective biogeographical barrier. The ABC analyses clearly point to the colonization of the Galápagos within the last 160,000 years and possibly as recently as 4,750 YA (475 generations). Founder events associated with colonization of the two islands where the species occurs are detected, with Española having been colonized after Floreana. We discuss two non-mutually exclusive possibilities for the colonization of the Galápagos, recent natural dispersal vs. human introduction.

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The Galápagos Archipelago and Peru