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S Rocha, MA Carretero and DJ Harris (2005)

Mitochondrial DNA sequence data suggests two independent colonizations of the Comoros archipelago-by Chameleons of the genus Furcifer

BELGIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 135(1):39-42.

We used ND4 mtDNA sequences (815bp) to examine the relationships between Furcifer chameleons (Chamaeleonidae; Reptilia) from the Comoro Islands. High genetic divergence between F. cephalolepis from Grand Comoro and F. polleni from Mayotte is hardly compatible with the hypothesis of them being sister-taxa given the young geological age of both islands. Thus, each island was independently colonized, presumably from Madagascar. Genetic diversity within both islands is similar, despite their very different geological ages. The degree of divergence found within a recent island like Grand Comoro may indicate that the molecular clock calibration typically applied to reptiles is not appropriate for this species.

Comoros; Furcifer polleni; Furcifer cephalolepis; Chamaeleonidae; colonization; ND4; molecular clock
BJZ

ISSN 2295-0451 (online version)
ISSN 0777-6279 (printed version)
impact factor 2015: 0,87.

Editor-in-Chief:
Prof. Dr. Isa Schön
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussels, Belgium

 



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