A mitochondrial DNA control region phylogeny of the Cervinae: speciation in Cervus and implications for conservation

  title={A mitochondrial DNA control region phylogeny of the Cervinae: speciation in Cervus and implications for conservation},
  author={Ettore Randi and Nadia Mucci and Françoise Claro-Hergueta and Am{\'e}lie Bonnet and Emmanuel J. P. Douzery},
  journal={Animal Conservation},
Sequences from complete mitochondrial control regions (mtDNA CR) were used to infer phylogenetic relationships in 25 Cervinae taxa. Cervus splits into clades that are partially discordant with current species delimitations. Nominate Cervus elaphus includes two divergent clades that must be referred to as species elaphus (European elaphoid deer) and canadensis (Eurasian and North American wapitoid deer). Cervus nippon splits into Japanese and continental plus Taiwan sika. Père David's deer is… 

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