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Genetic divergence in the ascidian Pyura praeputialis (= Pyura stoloniftra) (Heller, 1878) from mainland Australia and Tasmania

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posted on 2023-11-02, 04:26 authored by JC Castilla, R Guinez, MP Astorga
In Australia, the sea squirt is found off the mainland and off the island of Tasmania. The extent of genetic divergence between insular and mainland continental samples was determined by performing a DNA anaysis using PCR--RFLP on the internal transcribed spacer region of ribosomal DNA. The two mainland populations were polymorphic and showed similar type frequencies, but both were significantly different from the Tasmanian population. This was also monomorphic, showing a unique type, absent from the two continental populations. The genetic differentiation could be explained by the lack flow observed between both mainland and Tasmanian populations.

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Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania

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143

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101-104

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0080-4703

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