The molecular systematics and conservation of an endangered carnivore, the Owston's palm civet Chrotogale owstoni (Thomas, 1912) (Carnivora, Viverridae, Hemigalinae)

The molecular systematics and conservation of an endangered carnivore, the Owston's palm civet... The Owston's palm civet (Chrotogale owstoni) is one of the least known viverrids. In order to assess the degree of intraspecific variation, we sequenced a fragment of mitochondrial cytochrome b in 26 individuals. We identified 23 haplotypes, indicating a fairly high level of genetic diversity. The phylogenetic analysis yielded two clades supported by eight synapomorphies, suggestive of a north/south geographical divide. Recommendations for captive management cannot be made on the basis of the study results, but the high level of genetic diversity is very encouraging for both field conservation and captive breeding efforts. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Animal Conservation Wiley

The molecular systematics and conservation of an endangered carnivore, the Owston's palm civet Chrotogale owstoni (Thomas, 1912) (Carnivora, Viverridae, Hemigalinae)

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Wiley
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"Copyright © 2004 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company"
ISSN
1367-9430
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1469-1795
DOI
10.1017/S1367943003001136
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Abstract

The Owston's palm civet (Chrotogale owstoni) is one of the least known viverrids. In order to assess the degree of intraspecific variation, we sequenced a fragment of mitochondrial cytochrome b in 26 individuals. We identified 23 haplotypes, indicating a fairly high level of genetic diversity. The phylogenetic analysis yielded two clades supported by eight synapomorphies, suggestive of a north/south geographical divide. Recommendations for captive management cannot be made on the basis of the study results, but the high level of genetic diversity is very encouraging for both field conservation and captive breeding efforts.

Journal

Animal ConservationWiley

Published: Feb 1, 2004

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    Kurose, N.; Masuda, R.; Siriaroonrat, B.; Yoshida, M. C.
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  • Owston's Palm Civet Conservation Program
    Roberton, S.
  • New distributional information on Owston's palm civet
    Rozhnov, V.; Kuznetzov, V.; Pham Trong, Anh

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