ABSTRACT: Guizhou snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus brelichi) is a unique, endangered primate in China, mainly distributed in Fanjing Mountain National Natural Reserve, Guizhou Province,
in an area of 275 km2. Recently, habitat loss and fragmentation have caused population isolation. To assess genetic diversity within this species
and its population structure, we sequenced 400 bp of the hypervariable I segment from the mitochondrial DNA control region
for 128 individuals. Only one haplotype was identified from these individuals. Compared with other primate species, R. brelichi can be regarded as a species with very low genetic diversity, which further adds to the conservation concern.
–mitochondrial DNA–genetic diversity–conservation
Chinese Science Bulletin 04/2012; 56(24):2541-2544. · 1.32 Impact Factor