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First Record of Atelerix albiventris (Family: Erinaceidae) from South-Eastern of Egypt Confirmed by Molecular Analysis

First Record of Atelerix albiventris (Family: Erinaceidae) from South-Eastern of Egypt Confirmed by Molecular Analysis

Lamiaa Elsayed Mokhtar Deef

Department of Zoology,FacultyofScience,DamiettaUniversity,NewDamietta, Damietta, Egypt

* Corresponding author: lamiaadeef@yahoo.com; lamiaadeef@du.edu.eg

 

ABSTRACT

Atelerix albiventris or the four-toed hedgehog is here reported for the first time from the south-eastern of Egypt (Gebel Elba). This species is greatly distributed across central and eastern Africa. The exact identification of species is fundamental for an efficient assessment of changes related to the appearance of non-native species in an environment. The biometrics and molecular markers were used to confirm the identification of A. albiventris at the species level. In the current work 757 bp and 668 bp were identified as regions of the mitochondrial cytochrome b (Cyt b) and mitochondrial 12S rRNA genes, sequences of both genes were placed in the GenBank publication database (Accession numbers are KF783143 and KJ193305) and (Accession numbers are M95109, KF783175, AC175224 and AC160876) of Cyt b and 12S rRNA respectively. Furthermore, DNA barcoding is a widely used molecular-based identification system which aids in identifying species. 
 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

December

Vol. 50, Iss. 6, Pages 1999-2398

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