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A spatial genetic survey of Odocoileus hemionus and Odocoileus virginianus in North America
by Haas, Jamie L., M.S., University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, 2011, 72; 1497758
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Planz, John V.
Commitee: Clark, Abe, Roby, Rhonda
School: University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth
Department: Forensic Genetics
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Wildlife Management, Genetics
Keywords: DNA, Deer, Forensic, Odocoileus, Wildlife
Publication Number: 1497758
ISBN: 978-1-124-82670-7
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