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Evolutionary systematics in African gerbilline rodents of the genus Gerbilliscus: inference from mitochondrial genes.
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The data seem to support the synonymy of the two taxa and suggest that Gerbillurus and Gerbilliscus lineages diverged from a common ancestor appeared in eastern Africa. Expand
Understanding and managing sanitary risks due to rodent zoonoses in an African city: beyond the Boston Model.
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In Durban, a major harbor city of three million people on the east coast of South Africa, the sanitary risks due to rodents in both formal and informal sectors are investigated, and the relative merits of different management interventions suggested by the Boston Model are evaluated. Expand
Genetic monitoring detects an overlooked cryptic species and reveals the diversity and distribution of three invasive Rattus congeners in south Africa
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This study has highlighted the value of genetic typing for detecting cryptic invasive species, providing historical insights into introductions and for directing future sampling, and indicated that R. rattus probably became established following at least two and three independent introductions, respectively. Expand
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. Expand
Echolocation calls of twenty southern African bat species
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Echolocation data and sonograms are reported for twenty southern African bat species from 13 localities, recorded with the Pettersson D980 time-expansion bat detector, and species tended to have recognisable ‘vocal signatures’. Expand
Individual signatures in the frequency‐modulated sweep calls of African large‐eared, free‐tailed bats Otomops martiensseni (Chiroptera: Molossidae)
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The frequency-modulated sweep calls of O. martiensseni seem to serve a communication function, but they may not be used in echolocation unlike similar calls by other molossids. Expand
Phylogeography and predicted distribution of African-Arabian and Malagasy populations of giant mastiff bats, Otomops spp. (Chiroptera: Molossidae)
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Accumulation of suitable habitats supported the inferred high levels of continental gene flow (relatively low genetic distances), and suggested that factors other than habitat suitability have resulted in the observed phylogeographic structure (e.g., seasonal mass migrations of insects that might be tracked by these bats). Expand
Cryptic speciation in the southern African vlei rat Otomys irroratus complex: evidence derived from mitochondrial cyt b and niche modelling
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Niche modelling revealed that the incipient species occupy distinct bioclimatic niches associated with seasonality of precipitation in the vlei rat Otomys irroratus, enabling insightful analysis into the factors that could have led to cladogenesis within this rodent. Expand
PATTERNS OF CHROMOSOMAL VARIATION IN SOUTHERN AFRICAN RODENTS
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Within the actively speciating vlei rat, Otomys irroratus, complex, postzygotic isolation was demonstrated due to fixation of a tandem fusion rearrangement in the high-altitude (>1,400 m) A1 race. Expand
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