A widespread problem : cryptic diversity in the Libyan jird

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dc.contributor.author Bray, Timothy C.
dc.contributor.author Alagaili, Abdulaziz N.
dc.contributor.author Bennett, Nigel C., 1961-
dc.date.accessioned 2015-06-11T07:59:16Z
dc.date.available 2015-06-11T07:59:16Z
dc.date.issued 2014-07
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND : The Libyan jird, Meriones libycus, is described as occurring from Morocco to the Mongolian plateau. Three subspecies are known from morphological determinations but not genetic data. We used museum collection locations to create a niche model of the most likely suitable habitat for this species within its potential extent. Using samples collected from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we examined genetic diversity including available samples from China and Tunisia, providing the first genetic overview of this species. RESULTS : Mitochondrial cytochrome b data showed that genetic differentiation between Arabian and other sampling locations of M. libycus is less than the lineage separation seen in Meriones meridianus and greater than that in Meriones tamariscinus. The Arabian lineage investigated here is clearly distinct from the Chinese Meriones libycus erythrourus and Tunisian Meriones libycus syrius, the latter subspecies being previously suggested to occur in the sampling area. CONCLUSIONS : We suggest further investigation to ascertain whether the lineage represented here is Arabian Meriones libycus arimalius or a different lineage entirely. We further question the reliability of previous morphological descriptions for producing specific determinations in Meriones and related taxa. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.zoologicalstudies.com/content/53/1/33 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Bray, TC, Alagaili, AN & Bennett, NC 2014, 'A widespread problem cryptic diversity in the Libyan jird', Zoological Studies, vol. 53, no. 33, pp. 1-8. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1021-5506 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1810-522X (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1186/s40555-014-0033-3
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/45462
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher SpringerOpen Journal en_ZA
dc.rights © 2014 Bray et al.; licensee Springer. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. en_ZA
dc.subject Arabia en_ZA
dc.subject Meriones libycus en_ZA
dc.subject Phylogenetics en_ZA
dc.subject Rodent en_ZA
dc.title A widespread problem : cryptic diversity in the Libyan jird en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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