Phylogeny of the Dipus sagitta Species Complex by Nuclear Gene Sequences

A. A. Lisenkova, V. S. Lebedev, E. Undrakhbayar, V. Yu Bogatyreva, M. N. Melnikova, R. A. Nazarov, K. A. Rogovin, A. V. Surov, G. I. Shenbrot, A. A. Bannikova

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The northern three-toed jerboa Dipus sagitta had long been considered to be a single polytypic species. High genetic diversity of D. sagitta was earlier revealed on the basis of several mitochondrial and nuclear genes, and several separate species were hypothesized to occur within the taxon. However, the relationships between phylogenetic lineages have not been established because of the small sample size of nuclear genes. In the present work, a far larger set of nuclear DNA loci was used, and thus, a higher resolution of the phylogenetic tree was achieved for ten D. sagitta forms. The structure revealed for the species mainly confirmed the topology and relationships of the mtDNA lineages. Yet the mitochondrial and nuclear phylogenies were not completely consistent. Some of the D. sagitta genetic lineages were therefore assumed to be a product of reticular evolutionary processes. The taxon was concluded to be the diverse species complex D. sagitta sensu lato, in which long-diverged lineages are not always reproductively isolated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-139
Number of pages5
JournalDoklady Biological Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2023


  • Dipodidae
  • Dipus sagitta species complex
  • jerboas
  • nuclear DNA
  • phylogeny

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Immunology and Microbiology


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