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Barred Owl and Spotted Owl Hybridization - Genetic Data


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These data are in the form of ASCII text files containing mitochondrial control region sequences and amplified fragment length polymorphism analysis (AFLP) band frequencies for spotted owls, barred owls, and spotted-barred owl hybrids. Sampling areas were in the northwestern United States.


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Population expansion of barred owls into the western United States represents a harmful impact on the threatened Northern spotted owl. Since these species hybridize, there is a legal need under the Endangered Species Act to determine the forensic distinction among these species and their hybrids. Thus, we used molecular markers to address this need.

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