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Mitochondrial DNA Analysis Clarifies Taxonomic Status of the Northernmost Snow Sheep (Ovis nivicola) Population

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L.K. Ernst Federal Science Center for Animal Husbandry, 142132 Moscow, Russia
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Population Genomics Group, Department of Veterinary Sciences, LMU Munich, 80539 Munich, Germany
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Institute for Biological Problems of Cryolithozone, 677000 Yakutsk, Russia
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College of Animal Science and Technology, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China
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A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 119071 Moscow, Russia
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Department of Game Management and Bioecology, Irkutsk State University of Agriculture, 664038 Irkutsk, Russia
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Institut für Tierzucht und Genetik, University of Veterinary Medicine (VMU), A-1210 Vienna, Austria
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Academic Editors: Andrea Luchetti and Federico Plazzi
Life 2021, 11(3), 252; https://doi.org/10.3390/life11030252
Received: 19 February 2021 / Revised: 12 March 2021 / Accepted: 16 March 2021 / Published: 18 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Molecular Phylogenetics and Mitochondrial Evolution)
Currently, the intraspecific taxonomy of snow sheep (Ovis nivicola) is controversial and needs to be specified using DNA molecular genetic markers. In our previous work using whole-genome single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis, we found that the population inhabiting Kharaulakh Ridge was genetically different from the other populations of Yakut subspecies to which it was usually referred. Here, our study was aimed at the clarification of taxonomic status of Kharaulakh snow sheep using mitochondrial cytochrome b gene. A total of 87 specimens from five different geographic locations of Yakut snow sheep as well as 20 specimens of other recognized subspecies were included in this study. We identified 19 haplotypes, two of which belonged to the population from Kharaulakh Ridge. Median-joining network and Bayesian tree analyses revealed that Kharaulakh population clustered separately from all the other Yakut snow sheep. The divergence time between Kharaulakh population and Yakut snow sheep was estimated as 0.48 ± 0.19 MYA. Thus, the study of the mtDNA cytb sequences confirmed the results of genome-wide SNP analysis. Taking into account the high degree of divergence of Kharaulakh snow sheep from other groups, identified by both nuclear and mitochondrial DNA markers, we propose to classify the Kharaulakh population as a separate subspecies. View Full-Text
Keywords: wild sheep; bighorn; taxonomy; mtDNA; cytochrome b; Yakut snow sheep; Ovis nivicola lydekkeri wild sheep; bighorn; taxonomy; mtDNA; cytochrome b; Yakut snow sheep; Ovis nivicola lydekkeri
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Dotsev, A.V.; Kunz, E.; Kharzinova, V.R.; Okhlopkov, I.M.; Lv, F.-H.; Li, M.-H.; Rodionov, A.N.; Shakhin, A.V.; Sipko, T.P.; Medvedev, D.G.; Gladyr, E.A.; Bagirov, V.A.; Brem, G.; Medugorac, I.; Zinovieva, N.A. Mitochondrial DNA Analysis Clarifies Taxonomic Status of the Northernmost Snow Sheep (Ovis nivicola) Population. Life 2021, 11, 252. https://doi.org/10.3390/life11030252

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Dotsev AV, Kunz E, Kharzinova VR, Okhlopkov IM, Lv F-H, Li M-H, Rodionov AN, Shakhin AV, Sipko TP, Medvedev DG, Gladyr EA, Bagirov VA, Brem G, Medugorac I, Zinovieva NA. Mitochondrial DNA Analysis Clarifies Taxonomic Status of the Northernmost Snow Sheep (Ovis nivicola) Population. Life. 2021; 11(3):252. https://doi.org/10.3390/life11030252

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Dotsev, Arsen V.; Kunz, Elisabeth; Kharzinova, Veronika R.; Okhlopkov, Innokentiy M.; Lv, Feng-Hua; Li, Meng-Hua; Rodionov, Andrey N.; Shakhin, Alexey V.; Sipko, Taras P.; Medvedev, Dmitry G.; Gladyr, Elena A.; Bagirov, Vugar A.; Brem, Gottfried; Medugorac, Ivica; Zinovieva, Natalia A. 2021. "Mitochondrial DNA Analysis Clarifies Taxonomic Status of the Northernmost Snow Sheep (Ovis nivicola) Population" Life 11, no. 3: 252. https://doi.org/10.3390/life11030252

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