Mitochondrial phylogeography and subspecies of the wide‐ranging sub‐Saharan leopard tortoise Stigmochelys pardalis (Testudines: Testudinidae) – a case study for the pitfalls of pseudogenes and GenBank sequences

@article{Fritz2010MitochondrialPA,
  title={Mitochondrial phylogeography and subspecies of the wide‐ranging sub‐Saharan leopard tortoise Stigmochelys pardalis (Testudines: Testudinidae) – a case study for the pitfalls of pseudogenes and GenBank sequences},
  author={U. Fritz and S. Daniels and M. Hofmeyr and Juan F Gonz{\'a}lez and C. Barrio-Amor{\'o}s and P. {\vS}irok{\'y} and A. Hundsd{\"o}rfer and H. Stuckas},
  journal={Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research},
  year={2010},
  volume={48},
  pages={348-359}
}
The leopard tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis) is the most widely distributed sub-Saharan tortoise species, with a range extending from the Horn of Africa all over eastern Africa to the Republic of South Africa, Namibia and southernmost Angola. Using 1938 bp of mitochondrial DNA (cyt b gene, partial ND4 gene plus adjacent tRNA genes) from a nearly range-wide sampling, we examined its phylogeographic structure and compared our findings with previously published GenBank sequences. We identified… Expand

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