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Title: Phylogeography and genetic structure of the Canarian common chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) inferred with mtDNA and microsatellite loci
Authors: Suárez, Nicolás M.
Betancor, Eva 
Klassert, Tilman E.
Almeida, Teresa
Hernández, Mariano
Pestano, Jose J. 
Keywords: Greenfinch Carduelis-Chloris
Mitochondrial-Dna Evolution
Multilocus Genotype Data
Atlantic Islands
Statistical Tests, et al
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: 1055-7903
Journal: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 
Abstract: The widespread common chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) inhabits five of the seven Canary Islands. Sequences of the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene (1002 bp) revealed new insights into the systematics and phylogeography of this taxon. Additionally, a set of microsatellite loci were analyzed to examine the structure of these populations. Our results suggest that a new species of the genus Fringilla is present in the Canary Islands, which comprises at least three subspecies, but with a different distribution to that which has been morphologically accepted. The specimens from Gran Canaria are genetically distinct from those of La Gomera and Tenerife (F.c. canariensis), which suggests the existence of an undescribed taxon. Furthermore, nuclear microsatellite data suggest an ongoing incipient speciation process in this population. This study provides both important conservationist implications and a basis for re-evaluating the taxonomic status of the Canarian Fringilla coelebs populations. (C) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 1055-7903
DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2009.07.018
Source: Molecular Phylogenetics And Evolution[ISSN 1055-7903],v. 53 (2), p. 556-564
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