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Genetic variations of Turkish bank vole, Myodes glareolus (Mammalia: Rodentia) inferred from mtDNA
Colak, Ercument [> >]
Karacan, GO [> >]
Kandemir, I. [> >]
Colak, E. [> >]
Kankilic, T. [> >]
Yigit, N [> >]
Michaux, Johan mailto [Université de Liège > Département des sciences de la vie > Génétique et physiologie des microalgues >]
Mitochondrial DNA: the Journal of DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
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[en] The bank vole, Myodes glareolus, lives in deciduous forests throughout the Palearctic region.
In Turkey, this species is distributed only in northern Anatolia (the Black Sea region) where
these forests exist. This study reveals genetic differentiation among bank vole populations
based on two regions of mitochondrial DNA (cytochrome b and D-loop). Populations in northern
Anatolia are divided into two genetic lineages (the ‘‘eastern’’ and ‘‘western Black Sea’’ lineages)
by the Kızılırmak Valley. While the western Black Sea lineage is close to the Balkan lineage,
in accordance with their geographical proximities, surprisingly, the Uludag lineage, also
situated in Western Turkey appears related to the eastern Black Sea population. The divergence
time analyses suggest a separation between the Balkan and Turkish groups around 0.26 Mya,
whereas the split between the eastern and western Black sea lineages appeared a little bit later
(0.20 Mya). Our results suggest that regional refuges existed for this species in Turkey and that
small-scale habitat fragmentations led to genetic differentiations between Myodes populations.

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