Genetic structure among and within populations of the serpentine endemic Heteropappus hispidus ssp. leptocladus (Compositae)

Takayuki Yokoo, Shiro Kobayashi, Kazuo Oginuma, Kazumi Fujikawa, Yuki Mitsui, Hajime Ikeda, Hiroaki Setoguchi

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Heteropappus hispidus ssp. leptocladus is an edaphic endemic taxon that is confined to serpentine and limestone-derived soils and is allopatrically distributed in three regions of western Japan. In this study, we attempted to detect genomic signatures of seven H. hispidus ssp. leptocladus populations along with eight other subspecies populations using eight nuclear microsatellite loci. The Mantel test supported an isolation by distance model across all H. hispidus populations, thus implying the possibility of parallel evolution for each subspecies. Results from AMOVA recognized relatively larger differentiations in geographic distribution compared to intraspecific taxonomy. Relationships indicated by neighbor-joining phylogenetic tree analysis and population structure generally did not reflect an intraspecific taxonomy. Populations from limestone-derived soil harbored a homogeneous genetic structure with neighboring populations from serpentine-derived soils. These results suggest that the edaphic ecotype may have derived allopatrically while a lack of edaphic constraint existed between serpentine and limestone soils.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-284
Number of pages10
JournalBiochemical Systematics and Ecology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes



  • Adaptation
  • Ecotype
  • Heteropappus
  • Limestone
  • Metal tolerance
  • Microsatellite
  • Serpentine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biochemistry

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