Mitochondrial DNA variation of the common hippopotamus: evidence for a recent population expansion

  title={Mitochondrial DNA variation of the common hippopotamus: evidence for a recent population expansion},
  author={John B A Okello and Sylvester Nyakaana and Charles Masembe and Hans Redlef Siegismund and Peter Arctander},
Mitochondrial DNA control region sequence variation was obtained and the population history of the common hippopotamus was inferred from 109 individuals from 13 localities covering six populations in sub-Saharan Africa. In all, 100 haplotypes were defined, of which 98 were locality specific. A relatively low overall nucleotide diversity was observed (π=1.9%), as compared to other large mammals so far studied from the same region. Within populations, nucleotide diversity varied from 1.52% in… CONTINUE READING


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