Global phylogeography of the leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)




Analyses of mitochondrial (mt) DNA control region sequences from 175 leatherback turtles Dermochelys coriacea from 10 nesting colonies revealed shallow phylogenetic structuring of maternal lineages on a global scale. Eleven haplotypes were observed, and mean estimated sequence divergence, p = 0.00581, is much lower than the deepest nodes reported in global mtDNA surveys of the green turtle Chelonia mydas, loggerhead Caretta caretta, and ridley turtles Lepidochelys spp. The leatherback turtle is the product of an evolutionary trajectory originating at least 100 million years ago, yet the intraspecific phylogeny recorded in mitochondrial lineages may trace back less than 900 000 years.


Journal of Zoology


DOI: 10.1017/S0952836999007116




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- Inglês


- Não aplicável


- Biodiversidade Marinha


- Artigo com revisão pelos pares e teses universitárias


- Diversidade biológica e cultural;
- Gênero e Biodiversidade


- Nenhuma / Não aplicável



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