The genetic signature of recent speciation in manta rays (Manta alfredi and M. birostris).

@article{Kashiwagi2012TheGS,
  title={The genetic signature of recent speciation in manta rays (Manta alfredi and M. birostris).},
  author={Tom Kashiwagi and Andrea D. Marshall and Michael Brian Bennett and Jennifer R. Ovenden},
  journal={Molecular phylogenetics and evolution},
  year={2012},
  volume={64 1},
  pages={212-8}
}
Manta rays have been taxonomically revised as two species, Manta alfredi and M. birostris, on the basis of morphological and meristic data, yet the two species occur in extensive mosaic sympatry. We analysed the genetic signatures of the species boundary using a portion of the nuclear RAG1 (681 base pairs), mitochondrial CO1 (574 bp) and ND5 genes (1188 bp). The assay with CO1 sequences, widely used in DNA barcoding, failed to distinguish the two species. The two species were clearly… CONTINUE READING
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