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dc.contributor.authorWaugh, John
dc.description.abstractThe use of DNA barcodes (haplotypic variation in a 648 bp segment of the cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene within the mitochondrial genome, starting from base 58 at the 5’ end of the gene) as part of a species description is an accepted part of modern taxonomy. The evidence COI provides is compelling since a sequence of DNA is biological data obtained from living material. Early in the use of COI, it became apparent that it might highlight potential cryptic species and inform the debate around their status. The little blue penguin (Eudyptula minor) has been the subject of such debate. DNA barcodes from 60 little blue penguins were assessed to determine the specific status of this species across its range. Analysis of these data indicates distinct Australian and New Zealand haplotypes that may be indicative of separation at the species level. The specific status for the two populations is also supported by behavioural evidence and geographic isolation.en_NZ
dc.subjectlittle penguin (Eudyptula minor)en_NZ
dc.subjectDNA barcodesen_NZ
dc.titleEvidence of an Australasian divide : exploring little penguins using DNA barcodesen_NZ
dc.typeConference Contribution - Oral Presentationen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden060301 Animal Systematics and Taxonomyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden060411 Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Geneticsen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationWaugh, J. (2016, December). Evidence of an Australasian divide: Exploring little penguins using DNA barcodes. Paper presented at 19th New Zealand Molecular Ecology Conference, YMCA, Shakespear Regional Park, Auckland, New Zealand.en_NZ
unitec.publication.title19th New Zealand Molecular Ecology Conferenceen_NZ
unitec.conference.title19th New Zealand Molecular Ecology Conference 2016 (NZME 2016)en_NZ
unitec.conference.orgUniversity of Waikatoen_NZ
unitec.conference.locationYMCA, Shakespear Regional Park, Auckland, New Zealanden_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaNatural Sciences

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