Portal to the Lesser White-fronted Goose

- by the Fennoscandian Lesser White-fronted Goose project

Literature type: General

Language: Swedish (In Swedish)

Full reference: Strid, T. & Wærn, M. 2010. Fågelrapport 2010. [Bird report 2010.], Pp. 45-149 in: SOF 2010. Fågelåret 2009. Halmstad.

Keywords: Occurrence, Sweden, hybrids, Barnacle Goose, Rarity report

Literature type: Scientific

Journal: Zoologischer Anzeiger

Volume: 248 , Pages: 265-271.

DOI: 10.1016/j.jcz.2009.10.003

Language: English

Comments: A review of this publication will soon appear here.

Full reference: Nijman, V., Alibadian, M. & Roselaar, C.S. 2009. Wild hybrids of Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus) x Greater White-fronted Goose (A. albifrons) (Aves: Anseriformes) form the European migratory flyway. Zoologischer Anzeiger 248: 265-271. https://www.dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcz.2009.10.003

Keywords: reintroduction


A review of this publication will soon appear here.

Literature type: Scientific

Journal: Ornis Svecica

Volume: 17 , Pages: 154-186.

Language: English


Full reference: Kampe-Persson, H. & Lerner, H. 2007. Occurrence of hybrid geese in Sweden – a conservation problem? Ornis Svecica 17: 154-186.

Keywords: occurence, hybrids

Literature type: Scientific

Journal: Conservation Genetics

Volume: 1 , Pages: 277-283.

DOI: 10.1023/A:1011509922762

Language: English

Full reference: Ruokonen, M., Kvist, L., Tegelström, H., Lumme, J. 2000. Goose hybrids, captive breeding and restocking of the Fennoscandian populations of the Lesser White-fronted goose (Anser erythropus). Conservation Genetics 1: 277-283. https://www.dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1011509922762

Keywords: captive stock, hybrids, mitochondrial DNA, reintroduction


The lesser white-fronted goose (Anser erythropus) is the most threatened of the Palearctic goose species with a declining population trend throughout its distributional range. The current estimate of the Fennoscandian subpopulation size is 30–50 breeding pairs, whereas it still numbered more than 10 000 individuals at the beginning of the last century. Reintroduction and restocking have been carried out in Sweden and Finland using captive lesser white-fronted goose stock with unknown origins. We have carried out a study of the genetic composition of captive-bred stock by sequencing a 221 bp hypervariable fragment of the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) control region from 15 individuals from the Hailuoto farm, Finland. Two out of the three maternal lineages detected in the captive stock are also present in wild populations. The third maternal lineage among the captive lesser white-fronted geese originates from the closely related greater white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons). None of the investigated wild lesser white-fronted goose individuals carried themtDNA of the greater white-fronted goose. The presence of greater white-fronted goose mtDNA in the lesser white-fronted goose captive stock suggests that hybridization has occurred during captive propagation.

Literature type: Book Chpt

Language: German (In German)

Full reference: Nagy, E. 1950. Über Gänsebastarde. [About geese bastards.] , Syllegomena Biologica, Festschrift Kleinschmidt. Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft Geest & Portig K.-G., Leipzig. 472 pp.

Keywords: hybrid, hybrids

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