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Systematics of a Rare Species of Pocket Gopher, Pappogeomys alcorni
Journal of Mammalogy (2003)
  • James W. Demastes, University of Northern Iowa
  • Andrea L. Butt, University of Northern Iowa
  • Mark S. Hafner, Louisiana State University
  • Jessica E. Light, Louisiana State University
Pappogeomys alcorni is a peripherally isolated species that currently is designated as a rare species in Mexico. There are only 4 known museum specimens, all collected between the years 1950 and 1966, and recent attempts have failed to locate individuals in the wild. Although only 1 new specimen (skin only) has been collected since the original systematic work on P. alcorni, new analytical methods permit reexamination of existing specimens. DNA was isolated from a 48-year-old museum skin to investigate the phylogenetic relationship of this rare taxon to other species of Pappogeomys and Cratogeomys. Phylogenetic analysis based on 424 base pairs of the mitochondrial cytochrome-b gene and morphometric analysis of 101 individuals of Pappogeomys indicate that P. alcorni is a geographically disjunct subspecies of P. bulleri rather than a monotypic species.
  • ancient DNA,
  • morphometrics,
  • mtDNA,
  • Pappogeomys,
  • pocket gopher
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James W. Demastes, Andrea L. Butt, Mark S. Hafner and Jessica E. Light. "Systematics of a Rare Species of Pocket Gopher, Pappogeomys alcorni" Journal of Mammalogy Vol. 84 Iss. 2 (2003) p. 753 - 761
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