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Provedor de dados:  Neotropical Ichthyology
País:  Brazil
Título:  Using ancient DNA to unravel taxonomic puzzles: the identity of Deuterodon pedri (Ostariophysi: Characidae)
Autores:  Silva,Priscilla C.
Malabarba,Maria C.
Malabarba,Luiz R.
Data:  2017-01-01
Ano:  2017
Palavras-chave:  Lectogenetype
Rio Doce
Thayer Expedition
Resumo:  ABSTRACT Accurate identification is essential for any study exploring biodiversity. Unfortunately, museum type specimens preserved for more than a hundred years are often not informative enough for precise identification of the species represented by the name-bearing type. The use of ancient DNA can help solve taxonomic problems when name-bearing types no longer have diagnostic morphological features that allow for an accurate identification of the species involved. That is the case for Deuterodon pedri, an endemic species from a small drainage in the rio Doce basin in Minas Gerais, Brazil, for which the type material is in poor condition. Specimens of D. pedri were collected in 1865 by the Thayer Expedition to Brazil and fixed in spirits, enabling them to yield viable DNA. As the morphology alone of the type material does not allow for an accurate identification, we used both morphological and ancient DNA (aDNA) methods to decisively establish the identity of D. pedri. This identification allowed us to recognize the species among recently collected specimens and then, based on them, redescribe the species. A genetype for the lectotype of D. pedri is presented.
Tipo:  Info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Idioma:  Inglês
Editor:  Sociedade Brasileira de Ictiologia
Relação:  10.1590/1982-0224-20160141
Formato:  text/html
Fonte:  Neotropical Ichthyology v.15 n.1 2017
Direitos:  info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

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