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Taxonomic relationships among Phenacomys voles as inferred by cytochrome b.Author(s): M. Renee Bellinger; Susan M. Haig; Eric D. Forsmann; Thomas D. Mullins
Source: Journal of Mammalogy. 86(1): 201-210
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
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DescriptionTaxonomic relationships among red tree voles (Phenacomys longicaudus longicaudus, P. I. silvicola), the Sonoma tree vole (P. pomo), the white-footed vole (P. albipes), and the heather vole (P. intermedius) were examined using 664 base pairs of the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene. Results indicate specific differences among red tree voles, Sonoma tree voles, white-footed voles, and heather voles, but no clear difference between the 2 Oregon subspecies of red tree voles (P. I. longicaudus and P. I. silvicola). Our data further indicated a close relationship between tree voles and albipes, validating inclusion of albipes in the subgenus Arborimus. These 3 congeners shared a closer relationship to P. intermedius than to other arvicolids. A moderate association between pomo and albipes was indicated by maximum parsimony and neighbor-joining phylogenetic analyses. Molecular clock estimates suggest a Pleistocene radiation of the Arborimus clade, which is concordant with pulses of diversification observed in other murid rodents. The generic rank of Arborimus is subject to interpretation of data.
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CitationBellinger, M. Renee; Haig, Susan M.; Forsmann, Eric D.; Mullins, Thomas D. 2005. Taxonomic relationships among Phenacomys voles as inferred by cytochrome b. Journal of Mammalogy. 86(1): 201-210
KeywordsArborimus, cyctochrome b, mitochondrial DNA, molecular systematics, Phenacomys, voles, taxonomy
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