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The pygmy hog is a unique genus: 19th century taxonomists got it right first time round
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology.
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2007 (English)In: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, ISSN 1055-7903, E-ISSN 1095-9513, Vol. 45, no 2, 427-436 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The pygmy hog, Sus salvanius, the smallest and rarest extant suid was first described as the only member of the genus Porcula. It is currently regarded as member of the genus Sus and a sister taxon of the domestic pig/Eurasian wild boar (Sus scrofa). Phylogenctic analyses of 2316 bp from three mtDNA loci (control-region, cytochrome b, 16S) by Bayesian inference and statistical testing of alternative phylogenetic hypotheses all support the original classification of the pygmy hog as a unique genus. Thus, we propose that the species name Porcula salvania should be resurrected. The reclassification will heighten awareness of the need for the future protection and survival of this unique species.

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2007. Vol. 45, no 2, 427-436 p.
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pygmy hog, Porcula salvania, Sus, alternative phylogenetic hypotheses, cytochrome b, control region, 16S
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-142933DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2007.08.007ISI: 000250853400001PubMedID: 17905601OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-142933DiVA: diva2:388572
Available from: 2011-01-18 Created: 2011-01-18 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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