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CaliPopGen: A genetic and life history database for the fauna and flora of California


CaliPopGen is a database of population genetic data for native and naturalized eukaryotic species in California, USA. It summarizes the published literature (1985-2020) for 5,453 unique populations with genetic data from more than 187,394 individuals and 448 species (513 species plus subspecies) across molecular markers including allozymes, RFLPs, mtDNA, microsatellites, nDNA, and SNPs. Terrestrial habitats accounted for the majority (46.4%) of the genetic data. Taxonomic groups with the greatest representation were Magnoliophyta (20.31%), Insecta (13.4%), and Actinopterygii (12.85%). CaliPopGen also reports life-history data for most included species to enable analyses of the drivers of genetic diversity across the state. The large number of populations and wide taxonomic breadth will facilitate explorations of ecological patterns and processes across the varied geography of California. CaliPopGen covers all terrestrial and marine ecoregions of California and has a greater density of species and georeferenced populations than any previously published population genetic database. It is thus uniquely suited to inform conservation management at the regional and state levels across taxonomic groups.

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