Molecular systematics of the Asiatic Viverridae (Carnivora) inferred from mitochondrial cytochrome b sequence analysis

Molecular systematics of the Asiatic Viverridae (Carnivora) inferred from mitochondrial... Cytochrome b sequences of 15 species of Viverridae were used to investigate the systematic relationships of the Asiatic Viverridae and their affinities to African viverrid species. Phylogenetic analyses (maximum parsimony and neighbour‐joining) supported the hypothesis of paraphyly of the subfamily Viverrinae, whereas the data suggests the monophyly of the two Viverridae subfamilies endemic to Asia. The Asiatic viverrids do not appear to have a unique origin. Results indicate that the Asiatic linsang is less closely related to the other Asiatic taxa, whereas the African civet (Civettictis) groups with the Asiatic civets (Viverra, Viverricula). The relationships between the three clades — civets, Paradoxurinae, Hemigalinae — cannot be firmly established, but they appear to be closely related together. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research Wiley

Molecular systematics of the Asiatic Viverridae (Carnivora) inferred from mitochondrial cytochrome b sequence analysis

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Wiley
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Copyright © 2000 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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0947-5745
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1439-0469
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10.1046/j.1439-0469.2000.384132.x
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Abstract

Cytochrome b sequences of 15 species of Viverridae were used to investigate the systematic relationships of the Asiatic Viverridae and their affinities to African viverrid species. Phylogenetic analyses (maximum parsimony and neighbour‐joining) supported the hypothesis of paraphyly of the subfamily Viverrinae, whereas the data suggests the monophyly of the two Viverridae subfamilies endemic to Asia. The Asiatic viverrids do not appear to have a unique origin. Results indicate that the Asiatic linsang is less closely related to the other Asiatic taxa, whereas the African civet (Civettictis) groups with the Asiatic civets (Viverra, Viverricula). The relationships between the three clades — civets, Paradoxurinae, Hemigalinae — cannot be firmly established, but they appear to be closely related together.

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Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary ResearchWiley

Published: Dec 1, 2000

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