Past sightings of red-tailed (Cercopithecus ascanius) x blue (Cercopithecus mitis) hybrid monkeys in Uganda indicates the potential for hybridization between C. ascanius and C. mitis individuals. Apart from Gombe Stream National Park, there is no of evidence suggestive of C. ascanius × C. mitis monkey hybridization at investigated East African locations. Phylogenetic analysis was examined using Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequence data of twelve C. mitis stuhlmanni samples (from two populations) in Kibale National Park (KNP), Uganda to test for any evidence of hybridization.
Strict mono-phylogeny among two new C. mitis haplotypes were detected. Genetic diversity measurements support neither interspecific or intraspecific hybridization among C. mitis individuals from populations within Kibale National Park. To intensify the implications of this study further examination should include an increase in sample size(s), mtDNA comparison of C. mitis subspecies from additional populations at East African locations, and assessment of nuclear and genomic DNA.
|Advisor:||Baldwin, John D., Detwiler, Kate M.|
|Commitee:||Baldwin, John D., Detwiler, Kate M., Hughes, Colin|
|School:||Florida Atlantic University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||MAI 58/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||African Studies, Biology, Molecular biology|
|Keywords:||C. ascanius x C. mitis hybridization?, C. m. stuhlmanni, Cercopithecus, East african national parks, Kibale National Park, Population genetics, Uganda|
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