Molecular insights into the biology of Greater Sage-Grouse

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Recent research on Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) genetics has revealed some important findings. First, multiple paternity in broods is more prevalent than previously thought, and leks do not comprise kin groups. Second, the Greater Sage-Grouse is genetically distinct from the congeneric Gunnison sage-grouse (C. minimus). Third, the Lyon-Mono population in the Mono Basin, spanning the border between Nevada and California, has unique genetic characteristics. Fourth, the previous delineation of western (C. u. phaios) and eastern Greater Sage-Grouse (C. u. urophasianus) is not supported genetically. Fifth, two isolated populations in Washington show indications that genetic diversity has been lost due to population declines and isolation. This chapter examines the use of molecular genetics to understand the biology of Greater Sage-Grouse for the conservation and management of this species and put it into the context of avian ecology based on selected molecular studies.

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Molecular insights into the biology of Greater Sage-Grouse
DOI 10.1525/california/9780520267114.001.0001
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher University of California Press
Contributing office(s) Forest and Rangeland Ecosys Science Center, Fort Collins Science Center
Description 10 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Greater Sage-Grouse: Ecology and conservation of a landscape species and its habitats
First page 85
Last page 94
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