The use of molecular genetic methods for identification of mustelid species by analyzing feces

The use of molecular genetic methods for identification of mustelid species by analyzing feces ISSN 1067-4136, Russian Journal of Ecology, 2008, Vol. 39, No. 1, pp. 70–72. © Pleiades Publishing, Ltd., 2008. Original Russian Text © V.V. Rozhnov, A.L. Morgulis, M.V. Kholodova, I.G. Meshcherskii, 2008, published in Ekologiya, 2008, No. 1, pp. 73–76. SHORT COMMUNICATIONS The Use of Molecular Genetic Methods for Identification of Mustelid Species by Analyzing Feces V. V. Rozhnov, A. L. Morgulis, M. V. Kholodova, and I. G. Meshcherskii Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences Leninskii pr. 33, Moscow, 119071 Russia e-mail: Received March 20, 2007 DOI: 10.1134/S1067413608010128 Key words: mitochondrial DNA, identification of species, feces, mustelids. Advanced molecular genetic methods have substan- Collection and preservation of feces. DNA can be tially extended the possibilities of both faunistic analy- isolated from fresh, dried, or chemically preserved sis and ecological behavioral studies. For example, specimens (Frantzen et al., 1998). We preserved feces DNA isolated from feces of an animal can be used for in 96% ethanol preventing DNA degradation, which identifying its species and sex, genetic relationships, allowed us to store them for a long time at room tem- and the population to which it belongs, as well as, in perature. Before isolation of DNA, the Russian Journal of Ecology Springer Journals

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