Taxonomic status and origin of the Egyptian weasel (Mustela subpalmata) inferred from mitochondrial DNA

  title={Taxonomic status and origin of the Egyptian weasel (Mustela subpalmata) inferred from mitochondrial DNA},
  author={M{\'o}nica Rodrigues and Arthur R. Bos and Richard Hoath and P. J. Schembri and Petros Lymberakis and Michele Cento and Wissem Ghawar and Sakir O. Ozkurt and Margarida Santos‐Reis and Juha Meril{\"a} and Carlos Fernandes},
Abstract The Egyptian weasel (Mustela subpalmata) is a small mustelid with a distribution restricted to the lower Nile Valley and the Nile Delta. Traditionally considered a subspecies of the least weasel (M. nivalis), it is currently recognized as a separate species based on morphology. Here we present the first genetic assessment of the taxonomic status of the Egyptian weasel by comparing mitochondrial DNA (Cytochrome b gene and control region) sequences to those of least weasels from the… 
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