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The phylogeography of Crocidura suaveolens from southern Italy reveals the absence of an endemic lineage and supports a Trans-Adriatic connection with the Balkanic refugium
 
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Department of Biology and Biotechnology “Charles Darwin”, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Via Borelli 50, 00161 Rome, Italy
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National Research Council, Institute of Ecosystem Study, Largo Tonolli 50, 28922 Verbania Pallanza, Italy
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Museo di Storia Naturale della Calabria e Orto Botanico, University of Calabria, Via Savinio s.n., 87036 Rende, Italy
Online publish date: 2016-02-22
Publish date: 2017-06-01
 
Hystrix It. J. Mamm. 2017;28(1):104–106
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A molecular phylogeographic study using a fragment of the mitochondrial gene for cytochrome b (cytb) was performed on the lesser white-toothed shrew, Crocidura suaveolens, from seven localities in central and southern Italy. Comparison with cytb European haplotypes revealed the absence of endemic lineages in the region, in contrast to what has been observed for many other Italian terrestrial vertebrates. Indeed all the Italian specimens results nested with Balkanic conspecific within an Italo-Balkan clade. Historical demography of this clade showed a scenario of expansion which preceded the LGM. This evidence of glacial persistence indicates a certain flexibility of the classic models of Pleistocene biogeography.
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Riccardo Castiglia   
Department of Biology and Biotechnology “Charles Darwin”, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Via Borelli 50, 00161 Rome, Italy
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