Journal article

DETECTION BY ALLOZYME ELECTROPHORESIS OF CRYPTIC SPECIES OF HYPODONTUS-MACROPI (NEMATODA, STRONGYLOIDEA) FROM MACROPODID MARSUPIALS

NB CHILTON, I BEVERIDGE, RH ANDREWS

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR PARASITOLOGY | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 1992

Abstract

Allozyme electrophoresis of 98 Hypodontus macropi from eight different species of hosts using 24 enzymes revealed a complex of at least six sibling species, with 15-50% fixed genetic differences between taxa. Except for the taxon parasitizing Macropus rufus/M. robustus, pairs of parasite taxa were, in each case, sympatric at each locality examined, thus supporting the conclusion that they represent valid species. The existence of a series of host-specific nematode taxa explains many of the inconsistencies noted previously in the host distribution of H. macropi. Comparison of parasite allozyme phenograms with host phylogeny suggests that four of the speciation events could be attributable to ..

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