Molecular systematic position of the sarawak Malay badger, Mydaus javanensis

Badrul Munir Md. Zain, Nor Rahman Aifat, Muhammad Abu Bakar Abdul-Latiff, Nur Syafika Mohd-Yusof, Ahmad Ampeng

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The presence of the Malay badger, Mydaus javanensis, has been recorded for nearly 100 years in Sarawak, Malaysia, but it has rarely been seen. In addition, this animal is among the least studied carnivores in Borneo. The Malay badger is not protected under the Sarawak Wildlife Protection Ordinance. To initiate conservation efforts, we conducted a phylogenetic analysis to characterize the Malay badger’s genetic attributes. In August 2013, a Malay badger was trapped at Mentung Berawan, Serian, and sent to the Matang Wildlife Centre. We managed to collect its genetic materials and sequenced 356 bp of 12S rRNA and 405 bp of cytochrome b (Cyt b) genes. We portrayed its phylogenetic relationships with other Mephitidae family members and calculated its molecular divergence. Our results indicated that the Malay badger could be distinguished from its sister taxon, M. marchei. The teledu clade diverged 2.71 million years ago, after the divergences of Mephitis mephitis and Spilogale putorius.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-132
Number of pages8
JournalMalaysian Applied Biology
Volume48
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

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Mustelidae
badgers
molecular systematics
Malaysia
Borneo
Mephitidae
wildlife
Mephitis mephitis
Cytochromes b
phylogeny
cytochrome b
carnivores
Genes
ribosomal RNA
animals
genes

Keywords

  • Malay Badger
  • Malayan Stink Badger
  • Mephitidae
  • Mydaus javanensis
  • Teledu

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Md. Zain, B. M., Aifat, N. R., Abdul-Latiff, M. A. B., Mohd-Yusof, N. S., & Ampeng, A. (2019). Molecular systematic position of the sarawak Malay badger, Mydaus javanensis. Malaysian Applied Biology, 48(3), 125-132.

Molecular systematic position of the sarawak Malay badger, Mydaus javanensis. / Md. Zain, Badrul Munir; Aifat, Nor Rahman; Abdul-Latiff, Muhammad Abu Bakar; Mohd-Yusof, Nur Syafika; Ampeng, Ahmad.

In: Malaysian Applied Biology, Vol. 48, No. 3, 01.06.2019, p. 125-132.

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Md. Zain, BM, Aifat, NR, Abdul-Latiff, MAB, Mohd-Yusof, NS & Ampeng, A 2019, 'Molecular systematic position of the sarawak Malay badger, Mydaus javanensis', Malaysian Applied Biology, vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 125-132.
Md. Zain BM, Aifat NR, Abdul-Latiff MAB, Mohd-Yusof NS, Ampeng A. Molecular systematic position of the sarawak Malay badger, Mydaus javanensis. Malaysian Applied Biology. 2019 Jun 1;48(3):125-132.
Md. Zain, Badrul Munir ; Aifat, Nor Rahman ; Abdul-Latiff, Muhammad Abu Bakar ; Mohd-Yusof, Nur Syafika ; Ampeng, Ahmad. / Molecular systematic position of the sarawak Malay badger, Mydaus javanensis. In: Malaysian Applied Biology. 2019 ; Vol. 48, No. 3. pp. 125-132.
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