Assessing Diversity of Crocidura monticola sensu lato from Malaysia using Genetic Markers and Morphology

Muhd Amsyari, Morni (2019) Assessing Diversity of Crocidura monticola sensu lato from Malaysia using Genetic Markers and Morphology. Masters thesis, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

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Sunda shrew, (Soricidae: Crocidura monticola) is one of the most highly complex species. It has three synonyms and to date, researchers still have disparities about the species either C. monticola is a Javan endemic, or is it a widely distributed species. Plus, the lack of information on their ecology, behaviour and taxonomic relationship may lead to species misidentification (e.g. with C. neglecta). This is especially true as populations of such species from Malaysia are poorly studied due to lack of voucher specimens. Therefore, the study aimed to generate the data through genetic analyses and morphological characters in attempt to identify unique lineages that are consistent in both of these markers. A total of 22 samples were sequenced using cytochrome b and cytochrome oxidase I gene. Genetic analyses using MEGA7 recovered lineages with high genetic variation that are unique within the samples from Malaysia. None of the samples collected are grouped together with paratype of C. monticola, as shown in the phylogenetic analysis, where the biggest cytochrome b p-distance value is 20.1%. Crocidura neglecta was also included in the analyses, however they were not grouped together except one individual (GB 15244).Thus, this study discovered five plausible new species with two of them may represent two new undescribed genus. To investigate on Crocidura diversification events, Bayesian evolutionary analysis sampling trees (BEAST) and reconstruct ancestral state in phylogenies (RASP) analysis were done. The radiation of Crocidura in Southeast Asia started to occur during late Miocene (~7.58 mya). Major Crocidura diversification event happened during Pliocene (~3.06 mya) and the most recent event was during Pleistocene (~0.63 mya). Morphologically, this study was performed using both conventional and geometric morphometric methods. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) on fourteen cranial measurements of 51 skull samples of C. monticola sensu lato from Malaysia recovered two v major variations according to elevation: highland samples (>1100m a.s.l) vs lowland samples(<300m a.s.l). The highest loading characters were observed in Function 1 with Greatest Length of Skull (GLS) and Function 2 with Rostral breadth (ROB) as the characters with eigenvalue of 9.6 and 1.9 respectively. These two characters are therefore inferred as the best morphological characters to group this species in accordance with their habitat altitude. Geometric morphometric analyses from dorsal, ventral and mandible views of the skulls showed the shape variations were mostly detected at dentition part. Diet was hypothesised as the main factor that influence the variations. In conclusion, both genetic and morphometric analyses from this study suggested that there are hidden diversities within C. monticola complex from Malaysia.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: Thesis (MSc.) - Universiti Malaysia Sarawak , 2019.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Crocidura monticola, BEAST, S-DIVA, genetic, geometric morphometric, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, Postgraduate, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2019 06:58
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2021 07:27

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