Habitat dynamics and its influence on the genetic diversity of Tarim red deer (< i> Cervus elaphus yarkandensis</i>) Xayar population of Xinjiang, China A Tumur, D Abliz, M Halik - Quaternary International, 2013

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Habitat dynamics and its influence on the genetic diversity of Tarim red deer (< i> Cervus elaphus yarkandensis</i>) Xayar population of Xinjiang, China  A Tumur, D Abliz, M Halik - Quaternary International, 2013
The Tarim red deer (Cervus elaphus yarkandensis) is an endangered and endemic animal, with three populations isolated in the regions around Xayar, Lopnur, and Qarqan counties of Xinjiang, China. .... Our results show that the land covers of Tarim red deer habitat have changed significantly during the 34-year period (1972–2006). Specifically, the areal extents of farmland, middle-cover vegetation and low-cover vegetation increased greatly, while the areal extents of high-cover vegetation and water area decreased dramatically. The detected decrease in the habitat areal extents suitable for of Tarim red deer and the associated habitat fragmentation are interpreted to be contributing factors to the observed decrease in the genetic diversity.