Molecular systematics of the genus Neotoma based on DNA sequences from intron 2 of the alcohol dehydrogenase gene

Lisa K. Longhofer, Robert D. Bradley

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Phylogenetic relationships were evaluated among 13 species of Neotoma based on DNA sequences from intron 2 of the nuclear alcohol dehydrogenase gene 1 (Adh 1-I2). Sequences were analyzed using parsimony, likelihood, and Bayesian methods. Three major clades (I-III) consistently were recovered and relationships among taxa within 2 of the clades remained unchanged between analyses; however, relationships within clade III were largely unresolved. Average genetic divergence values were 2.12% among species, 4% between subgenera (Teonoma and Neotoma), and 5.1% between genera (Hodomys and Neotoma). Adh 1-12 sequences were concatenated with mitochondrial cytochrome-b sequences generated from the same individuals. Examination of the combined data resulted in a phylogeny whose topology was similar to that based only on cytochrome-b sequences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)961-970
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Mammalogy
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006



  • Alcohol dehydrogenase
  • Mitochondrial cytochrome b
  • Molecular systematics
  • Neotoma
  • Nuclear DNA sequences

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