fecal dna analysis for identifying species and sex of sympatric carnivores: a noninvasive method for conservation on the tsushima islands, japan.fecal analysis is a useful tool for the investigation of food habits and species identity in mammals. however, it is generally difficult to identify the species based on the morphological features and contents of feces deposited by mammals of similar body size. therefore we developed noninvasive dna analysis methods using fecal samples for identification of the species and sex of four small sympatric carnivores living on the tsushima islands of japan: the leopard cat (felis bengalensis), japanes ...200516267168
genetic diversity of the japanese marten (martes melampus) and its implications for the conservation unit.molecular phylogenetic analyses of combined mitochondrial dna sequences (2814 bp; cytochrome b gene, displacement loop region, and nadh dehydrogenase subunit 2 gene) identified nine groups among 49 individual japanese martens, martes melampus, collected from several areas in japan. the grouping was not correlated with winter coat color, but was consistent with geography. in particular, the monophyly of 29 tsushima martens, m. m. tsuensis, was supported by strong clade support and topological tes ...200919663640
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