Genetic diversity of captive binturongs (Arctictis binturong, Viverridae, Carnivora)

Implications for conservation

L. Cosson, L. L. Grassman, Zubaid Akbar Mukhtar Ahmad, S. Vellayan, A. Tillier, Géraldine Veron

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Abstract

The binturong Arctictis binturong is a threatened carnivore (Mammalia) that ranges throughout the forests of South-east Asia. This study evaluates the genetic diversity of captive binturong populations in European zoos and attempts to assess their geographic origin. We sequenced the hypervariable region 1 of the mitochondrial control region of 56 binturongs, among which 20 had a known geographic origin. We showed that at least two distinct geographic clades exist and were able to assess the geographic clade to which captive individuals belong. Moreover, a low genetic diversity was observed among the captive population of European zoos. Although our results are preliminary, zoo managers should consider the evolutionary significant units identified by this study, and which correspond to recognized sub-species, when planning binturong reproduction programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-395
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Zoology
Volume271
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007

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Arctictis binturong
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Keywords

  • Captive management
  • D-loop
  • Phylogeography
  • South-east Asia

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  • Animal Science and Zoology

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Genetic diversity of captive binturongs (Arctictis binturong, Viverridae, Carnivora) : Implications for conservation. / Cosson, L.; Grassman, L. L.; Mukhtar Ahmad, Zubaid Akbar; Vellayan, S.; Tillier, A.; Veron, Géraldine.

In: Journal of Zoology, Vol. 271, No. 4, 04.2007, p. 386-395.

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Cosson, L. ; Grassman, L. L. ; Mukhtar Ahmad, Zubaid Akbar ; Vellayan, S. ; Tillier, A. ; Veron, Géraldine. / Genetic diversity of captive binturongs (Arctictis binturong, Viverridae, Carnivora) : Implications for conservation. In: Journal of Zoology. 2007 ; Vol. 271, No. 4. pp. 386-395.
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