Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Arizona
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Arizona Project

Conservation genetics and population structure of Chiricahua leopard frogs in NM, AZ and Mexico

April 2007 - June 2010


Participating Agencies

  • Science Support Partnership

Molecular genetic analyses will be conducted using microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA markers to quantify genetic relationships among populations, metapopulations, and RUs. This information will help determine whether northern and southern populations are distinct species, and direct the appropriateness of moving frogs among populations, metapopulations, and RUs. This work will estimate genetic diversity within and among populations and metapopulations, and the need for augmentation of individuals into declining populations. Results will also be used for future population viability analysis.