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    Author(s): Robert G. Trujillo; John C. Patton; Duane A. Schlitter; John W. Bickham
    Date: 2009
    Source: Journal
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    The genus Scotophilusis composed of 15 recognized species with 7 species distributed throughout sub-Saharan Africa, 4 distributed across southern and southeastern Asia, 3 endemic to Madagascar, and 1 endemic to Reunion Island. Scotophilusis plagued with problems in species definition, and systematic relationships among members of the genus are poorly understood. We used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome sequence data from 11 of the 15 recognized species, which represent the most comprehensive taxonomic coverage to date, to examine phylogehetic patterns within Scotophilus. All trees have <i>S. kuhlii</i> from Asia as the most basal species followed by S. nuxfrom Africa. However, S. heathiifrom Asia is embedded within the other African Scotophilus, indicating a complex biogeography with multiple continental exchanges. Furthermore, the Malagasy taxa are most closely related to 2 different African species, suggesting independent colonizations of Madagascar from the continental mainland.

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    Trujillo, Robert G.; Patton, John C.; Schlitter, Duane A.;Bickham, John W. 2009. Molecular phylogenetics of the bat genus Scotophilus (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae): Perspectives from paternally and maternally iInherited genomes. Journal of Mammalogy. 90(3): 548-560.


    Chiroptera, cytochrome b, Scotophilus, Vespertilionidae, zinc finger Y (zfy)

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