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Molecular systematics and origin of sociality in mongooses (Herpestidae, Carnivora).
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The results suggested unexpected phylogenetic relationships: the genus Cynictis is included in the solitary mongoose clade, and the genus Herpestes is polyphyletic, showing the potential benefit of using such characters in phylogeny.
A re-appraisal of palaeoenvironmental history in Central Africa: evidence for a major fluvial refuge in the Zaire Basin
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Results of a 5-year study on primate distribution and systematics in the Zaire Basin do not support the previously proposed diversity gra- dients, and show that the so-called East Central major has disappeared.
Multicollinearity in spatial genetics: separating the wheat from the chaff using commonality analyses
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This review illustrates how commonality analysis (CA), a detailed variance‐partitioning procedure that was recently introduced in the field of ecology, can be used to deal with nonindependence among spatial predictors and strongly urges spatial geneticists to systematically investigate commonalities when performing direct gradient analyses.
Biogeographic origin and radiation of the Old World crocidurine shrews (Mammalia: Soricidae) inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear genes.
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An alignment of 3560 base pairs of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA is used to generate a phylogenetic hypothesis for the evolution of Old World shrews of the subfamily Crocidurinae and confirms the monophyly of the speciose African and EurasianCrocidura.
Assessment of Three Mitochondrial Genes (16S, Cytb, CO1) for Identifying Species in the Praomyini Tribe (Rodentia: Muridae)
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Using DNA markers for identifying species in the Praomyini tribe is a largely valid approach, and the CO1 and Cytb genes are better DNA markers than the 16S gene, which confirms the usefulness of statistical methods such as the Random Forest and the 1-NN methods to assign a sequence to a species, even when the number of species is relatively large.
The roles of rivers and Pleistocene refugia in shaping genetic diversity in Praomys misonnei in tropical Africa
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A role for both Pleistocene refugia and rivers in structuring genetic diversity in P. misonnei is suggested, suggesting this forest-dwelling rodent may have been isolated in a number of forest fragments during arid periods and expanded its range during wetter periods.
Identification of Ebola virus sequences present as RNA or DNA in organs of terrestrial small mammals of the Central African Republic.
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Preliminary results provide evidence that common terrestrial small mammals living in peripheral forest areas have been in contact with the EBO virus and demonstrate the persistence of E BO virus RNA and DNA in the organs of the animals.
Discovery of a new duiker species (Bovidae: Cephalophinae) from the Dahomey Gap, West Africa
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A new duiker species occurring in the Dahomey Gap (Togo, Benin) and the Niger delta, Philantomba walteri sp.
Relative efficiency of three types of small mammal traps in an African rainforest
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Three types of traps used in this study have complementary effects onto the capture of small mammals in African rainforest and an assortment of traps should always be employed in studies of small mammal communities in AfricanRainforest in order to obtain a wider range of taxa, and thus a better representation of the community.
Intrageneric relationships within Gerbilliscus (Rodentia, Muridae, Gerbillinae), with characterization of an additional West African species
The systematics of the African rodent genus Gerbilliscus is still a matter of debate. At the genus level it has been said toinclude the related genus Gerbillurus, and at the species level some
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