In this study, we re-evaluated historical demography of the Eurasian green woodpecker (Picus viridis) on the basis of previously published multi-locus mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) data and ecological niche modelling.
In this study, we picked a widespread, genetically well-sampled, and well-studied woodpecker species in Europe, the Eurasian green woodpecker (Picus viridis).
Because of the published phylogeographic results and the taxonomic conclusions for this species, the Eurasian green woodpecker deserves a detailed demographic study to test glacial refugia hypothesis during climatic oscillations of the late Quaternary.
Samples and gene regions - this study aims to provide more detailed demographic analysis of the Eurasian green woodpecker based on previously published multi-locus data.
On the basis of the results of haplotype network of mtDNA loci, we concluded that there was no phylogeographic structure among the Eurasian green woodpecker populations.
Historical demography--to infer the demographic history of the Eurasian green woodpecker, we used the extended Bayesian skyline plot analysis (Heled & Drummond 2008) implemented in BEAST version 1.
2008) was used to infer most likely coalescent scenarios on the demographic history of the Eurasian green woodpecker.