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Phylogeographic patterns and evolution of the mitochondrial DNA control region in two neotropical cats (Mammalia, felidae).

Authors
  • Eizirik, E
  • Bonatto, S L
  • Johnson, W E
  • Crawshaw, P G Jr
  • Vié, J C
  • Brousset, D M
  • O'Brien, S J
  • Salzano, F M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of molecular evolution
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1998
Volume
47
Issue
5
Pages
613–624
Identifiers
PMID: 9797412
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) and margay (L. wiedii) are sister-species of Neotropical cats which evolved from a lineage that migrated into South America during the formation of the Panamanian land bridge 3-5 million years ago. Patterns of population genetic divergence of each species were studied by phylogenetic analyses of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) control region sequences in individuals sampled across the distribution of these taxa. Abundant genetic diversity and remarkably concordant phylogeographic partitions for both species were observed, identifying parallel geographic regions which likely reflect historical faunal barriers. Inferred aspects of phylogeography, population genetic structure, and demographic history were used to formulate conservation recommendations for these species. In addition, observed patterns of sequence variation provided insight into the molecular evolution of the mtDNA control region in closely related felids.

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