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Phylogenetic Relationships of the Endemic Sri Lankan Shrew Genera: Solisorex and Feroculus

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Suyama Meegaskumbura ,

Boston University, Department of Biology, US
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and Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
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Madhava Meegaskumbura,

Boston University, Department of Biology, US
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and Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
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Christopher J Schneider

Boston University, US
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Abstract

Sri Lanka has a rich diversity of shrews: ten species in four genera, with two genera and five species endemic to the island. In the current study we use complete cytochrome-b mitochondrial gene sequences to infer the relationships of two Sri Lankan monotypic genera Solisorex and Feroculus. Maximum likelihood and maximum parsimony phylogenetic analyses revealed that Solisorex is an old lineage that forms the sister group to all other crocidurines. In contrast, Feroculus is nested within Suncus.

Ceylon Journal of Science (Bio. Sci.) 43 (2): 65-71, 2014

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjsbs.v43i2.7325
How to Cite: Meegaskumbura, S., Meegaskumbura, M. & Schneider, C.J., (2015). Phylogenetic Relationships of the Endemic Sri Lankan Shrew Genera: Solisorex and Feroculus. Ceylon Journal of Science (Biological Sciences). 43(2), pp.65–71. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjsbs.v43i2.7325
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Published on 26 Apr 2015.
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