In a wildlife forensic setting, species identification is often a necessary step in the progression of casework. The Control Region of the mitochondrial genome has been shown to contain information useful for species identification. Three subspecies of Odocoileus virginianus and two subspecies of Odocoileus hemionus were sampled across the geographic range of these species in North America. An approximately 700 nucleotide area of the Control Region was sequenced. In total, 1560 samples were sequenced (344 Odocoileus hemionus, 1216 Odocoileus virginianus ) for this study across 81 populations (20 Odocoileus hemionus , 61 Odocoileus virginianus). Geographic distribution of the 234 haplotypes is reported for Odocoileus virginianus, as well as haplotype count and frequency. Haplotype diversity for Odocoileus virginianus was calculated to be 0.984. The Control Region sequence database will be used for species identification and population assignment at the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon.
|Advisor:||Planz, John V.|
|Commitee:||Clark, Abe, Roby, Rhonda|
|School:||University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth|
|School Location:||United States -- Texas|
|Source:||MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Wildlife Management, Genetics|
|Keywords:||DNA, Deer, Forensic, Odocoileus, Wildlife|
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