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Microsatellite and Skull Morphology Analysis of Tupaia belangeri chinensis in Yunnan Province

Microsatellite and Skull Morphology Analysis of Tupaia belangeri chinensis in Yunnan Province

Yue Ren1, Ting Jia2, Hao Zhang1, Zhengkun Wang1 and Wanlong Zhu1*

1Key Laboratory of Ecological Adaptive Evolution and Conservation on Animals Plants in Southwest Mountain Ecosystem of Yunnan Province Higher Institutes College, School of Life Sciences, Yunnan Normal University, Kunming, 650500, China
2Yunnan College of Business Management, Kunming, 650106, China
 
*      Corresponding author: zwl_8307@163.com

ABSTRACT

Chinese tree shrew (Tupaia belangeri chinensis) is an experimental animal with a close affinity to primates. A lot of genetic marker selections and physiological adaptation studies of T. belangeri chinensis have been reported in detail. But genetic diversity and skull adaptation within T. belangeri chinensis populations from different habitats remain largely unknown or are controversial. In the present study focuing on T. belangeri chinensis that from Mengla, Puer, Jingdong, Kunmimng, Chuxiong, Dali, Pianma and Lijiang. Using microsatellite approaches, we observed considerable genetic variation and high heterozygosity in T. belangeri chinensis populations in different Yunnan province, and Chuxiong population and Lijiang population had relative low genetic diversity. Moreover, skull morphology changed for adapting to changing environment in T. belangeri chinensis. Finally, MengLa population had remarkable differences with the other populations both in genetic diversity and skull morphology. Our study provides genetic diversity and skull morphology knowledge of T. belangeri chinensis, their adaptation of genetic level and skull offers new insight into their classification and adaptation.

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

December

Vol. 54, Iss. 6, Pages 2501-3000

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