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RESEARCH ARTICLE Conservation genetics of Boelen's python (Morelia boeleni)

Conservation genetics of Boelen's python (Morelia boeleni)
from New Guinea: reduced genetic diversity and divergence
of captive and wild animals
Christopher C. Austin Marc Spataro
Stacy Peterson Joshua Jordan John D. McVay
Received: 1 August 2008 / Accepted: 15 April 2009 / Published online: 26 May 2009
Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009
Abstract Boelen's python (Morelia boeleni) is a mon-
tane New Guinea endemic found in highlands above
1000 m and below the tree line. The ecology, natural his-
tory, distribution, population size, and conservation status
of this species are largely unknown. It has a protected
status in Papua New Guinea but not in Indonesian Papua
and several US and European zoos have active captive
breeding programs that have been largely unsuccessful. To
understand the degree of genetic diversity in wild and
captive animals we undertook a genetic analysis of 90 M.
boeleni for which we sequenced two mtDNA loci and one
nuclear locus for a total of 1,418 bp of sequence data per


Source: Austin, Christopher C. - Museum of Natural Science, Louisiana State University


Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology