Robins, Judith; McLenachan, Patricia A.; Phillips, Matthew; Craig, Lauren; Ross, Howard A; Matisoo-Smith, Elizabeth
The timing and order of divergences within the genus Rattus have, to date, been quite speculative. In order to address these important issues we sequenced six new whole mitochondrial genomes from wild-caught specimens from four species, Rattus exulans, Rattus praetor, Rattus rattus and Rattus tanezumi. The only rat whole mitochondrial genomes available previously were all from Rattus norvegicus specimens. Our phylogenetic and dating analyses place the deepest divergence within Rattus at ∼3.5...[Show more]
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