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Conservation Genetics

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 39–47 | Cite as

Phylogenetics and the conservation of rare taxa in the Eucalyptus angustissima complex in Western Australia

  • C.P. Elliott
  • M. Byrne
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Abstract

Effective conservation that preservesevolutionary entities and processes requiresconservation action that is targeted atappropriate taxonomic units. Molecularphylogenetics can contribute to the resolutionof taxonomic uncertainties by defining therelationships between populations and species,and allowing the recognition of taxonomicentities that reflect evolutionary history.Some uncertainty surrounds the status of taxain the Eucalyptus angustissima complex,which includes threatened taxa with restricteddistributions. The phylogenetic relationshipsbetween populations and taxa in the E.angustissima complex were investigated usingnuclear and chloroplast RFLP analysis.Phylogenetic relationships confirmed thegenetic differentiation of two taxa, identifiedspecies level divergence between two taxacurrently recognised at subspecies level, andestablished the identity of a previouslyundetermined population. Phylogeneticrelationships between the taxa were notcongruent with presumed relationships based onmorphological characters alone.

conservation Eucalyptus phylogenetics RFLP 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Conservation and Land ManagementScience DivisionBentley Delivery CentreAustralia

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