Birds of Indian Subcontinent

Phylogenetic Relationships of the Canary Islands Endemic Lizard GenusGallotia(Sauria: Lacertidae), Inferred from Mitochondrial DNA Sequences

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1996
Authors:González, P, Pinto, F, Nogales, M, Jiménez-asensio, J, Hernández, M, CABRERA, VICENTEM
Journal:Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Date Published:1996
ISBN Number:1055-7903
Keywords:Fringillidae, Serinus, Serinus canaria
Abstract:Phylogenetic relationships among species and subspecies of the Canary Island endemic lizard genusGallotiaare inferred based on nucleotide sequences of fragments of 12S ribosomal RNA and cytochromebmitochondrial genes. The four morphologically established species have also been recognized at the molecular level. Relative affinities among species follow an eastern–western geographic transect. The nearly extinct speciesGallotia simonyifrom the most western island of El Hierro is closely related to the common western speciesGallotia galloti,the nearest branch to this pair isGallotia stehlinifrom the central island of Gran Canaria, and finally,Gallotia atlanticafrom the two eastern and geologically oldest islands appears as the most distantly related species of the group. At the statistical level, four subspecies can be recognized inG. galloti,but only two inG. atlantica.
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