n African Zoology - Evidence of a contact zone between two (Rodentia: Muridae) mitotypes in Gauteng province, South Africa - : short communication

Volume 50, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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Recent studies have described the presence of several mitochondrial lineages within , which was previously considered to be a monotypic genus. The exact distributional limits of the species and subspecies and their contact zones are unclear. In this study we demonstrate that two monophyletic mitochondrial lineages are present at two northern Gauteng province sampling sites in South Africa. Cytochrome b gene sequences, 896 nucleotides in length, generated for 36 samples identified 10 unique haplotypes corresponding to eight haplotypes (from 32 individuals) and two haplotypes (from four individuals). The present study provides the first empirical evidence for a contact zone for two conspecific mitochondrial lineages and contributes to the refinement of distributional maps in southern Africa.

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