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Molecular phylogeny of snub-nosed monkeys genus rhinopithecus inferred from mitochondrial DNA cytochrome B and 12SrRNA sequences in China.

Li, M. and Huang, C. and Pan, R. and De Ruiter, J. R. (2004) 'Molecular phylogeny of snub-nosed monkeys genus rhinopithecus inferred from mitochondrial DNA cytochrome B and 12SrRNA sequences in China.', International journal of primatology., 25 (4). pp. 861-873.

Abstract

Snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus spp.) are confined to isolated mountainous regions in China and North Vietnam. Their systematic classification and phylogenetic relationship has been controversial. The structures of mitochondrial DNA cytochrome b and 12S rRNA show that the 4 species of Rhinopithecus are quite different from other colobines. It is reasonable to regard them as an independent genus, as determined by external features, morphometric characters and behavior. However, whether or not there should be a subdivision between the Vietnamese and Chinese species at the subgeneric level remains to be clarified; more evidence from a large range of Asian colobine species is needed. The Guizhou species, Rhinopithecus brelichi, is a valid species, which is more closely related to Pygathrix than the other species ( R. roxellana, R. bieti and R. avunculus) are. Results also indicate that 3 species—Rhinopithecus roxellana, R. bieti and R. avunculus—might have diverged from R. brelichi, but the phylogenetic relationship of R. avunculus is not clear.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:
Keywords:Snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus), Mitochondrial DNA, Cytochrome b gene, 12S rRNA gene, Molecular phylogeny.
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Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/B:IJOP.0000029126.27618.88
Record Created:26 Mar 2008
Last Modified:08 Apr 2009 16:32

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