Genetic diversity and taxonomy: a reassessment of species designation in tuatara (Sphenodon: Reptilia)

  title={Genetic diversity and taxonomy: a reassessment of species designation in tuatara (Sphenodon: Reptilia)},
  author={J. M. Hay and S. Sarre and D. Lambert and F. Allendorf and C. Daugherty},
  journal={Conservation Genetics},
  • J. M. Hay, S. Sarre, +2 authors C. Daugherty
  • Published 2009
  • Biology
  • Conservation Genetics
  • The identification of species boundaries for allopatric populations is important for setting conservation priorities and can affect conservation management decisions. Tuatara (Sphenodon) are the only living members of the reptile order Sphenodontia and are restricted to islands around New Zealand that are free of introduced mammals. We present new data of microsatellite DNA diversity and substantially increased mtDNA sequence for all 26 sampled tuatara populations. We also re-evaluate existing… CONTINUE READING
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