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Life sciences : Zoology
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/77884
On the origin and systematics of the northern African wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) populations: a comparative study of mtDNA restriction patterns
English
Libois, Roland mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences et gestion de l'environnement > Zoogéographie - Département des sciences et gestion de l'environnement >]
Michaux, Johan mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences de la vie > Génétique >]
Ramalhinho, M. G. [> > > >]
Maurois, Céline mailto [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > > Centre d'oncologie >]
Sara, M. [> > > >]
2001
Canadian Journal of Zoology
NRC Research Press
79
8
1503-1511
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
0008-4301
1480-3283
Ottawa
Canada
[en] Conflicting hypotheses have been formulated regarding the origin of wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) populations in northern Africa. In this study, the mtDNA restriction patterns of mice (n = 28) collected in Tunisia and Morocco are compared with those of representatives from southern Europe (n = 102). The neighbour-joining tree confirms the existence of the three lineages previously found in the Mediterranean area: western, Tyrrhenian-Balkan, and Sicilian. The western group is isolated from the two others, with bootstrap values of 89 and 95%. Northern African patterns are included in the western group. Their variability is low, the same pattern being shared by five Tunisian and all Moroccan animals (n = 18), caught either in the north of the country (Cap Spartel) or in the south (Marrakech). This implies that northern African wood mouse populations have a southwestern European origin and that their presence in the region is probably recent, which corresponds to both paleontological data and the hypothesis of anthropogenic introduction.
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/77884
10.1139/cjz-79-8-1503

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