Cytonuclear discordance among Southeast Asian black rats (Rattus rattus complex)

Pagès Marie, Bazin Eric, Galan Maxime, Chaval Yannick, Claude Julien, Herbreteau Vincent, Michaux Johan, Piry Sylvain, Morand Serge, Cosson Jean François. 2013. Cytonuclear discordance among Southeast Asian black rats (Rattus rattus complex). Molecular Ecology, 22 (4) : pp. 1019-1034.

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Quartile : Q1, Sujet : ECOLOGY / Quartile : Q1, Sujet : EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY / Quartile : Q1, Sujet : BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

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Abstract : Black rats are major invasive vertebrate pests with severe ecological, economic and health impacts. Remarkably, their evolutionary history has received little attention, and there is no firm agreement on how many species should be recognized within the black rat complex. This species complex is native to India and Southeast Asia. According to current taxonomic classification, there are three taxa living in sympatry in several parts of Thailand, Cambodia and Lao People's Democratic Republic, where this study was conducted: two accepted species (Rattus tanezumi, Rattus sakeratensis) and an additional mitochondrial lineage of unclear taxonomic status referred to here as 'Rattus R3'. We used extensive sampling, morphological data and diverse genetic markers differing in rates of evolution and parental inheritance (two mitochondrial DNA genes, one nuclear gene and eight microsatellite loci) to assess the reproductive isolation of these three taxa. Two close Asian relatives, Rattus argentiventer and Rattus exulans, were also included in the genetic analyses. Genetic analyses revealed discordance between the mitochondrial and nuclear data. Mitochondrial phylogeny studies identified three reciprocally monophyletic clades in the black rat complex. However, studies of the phylogeny of the nuclear exon interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein gene and clustering and assignation analyses with eight microsatellites failed to separate R. tanezumi and R3. Morphometric analyses were consistent with nuclear data. The incongruence between mitochondrial and nuclear (and morphological) data rendered R. tanezumi/R3 paraphyletic for mitochondrial lineages with respect to R. sakeratensis. Various evolutionary processes, such as shared ancestral polymorphism and incomplete lineage sorting or hybridization with massive mitochondrial introgression between species, may account for this unusual genetic pattern in mammals. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Rat, Phylogénie, Taxon, Taxonomie, génétique animale, Cytogénétique, Microsatellite

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Thaïlande, Cambodge, République démocratique populaire lao, Asie du Sud-Est

Mots-clés complémentaires : Rattus rattus, Rattus tanezumi, Rattus argentiventer, Rattus sakeratensis

Classification Agris : L72 - Pests of animals
L60 - Animal taxonomy and geography
L10 - Animal genetics and breeding

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 4 (2005-2013) - Santé animale et maladies émergentes

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Pagès Marie, Université de Liège (BEL)
  • Bazin Eric, CNRS (FRA)
  • Galan Maxime, INRA (FRA)
  • Chaval Yannick, INRA (FRA)
  • Claude Julien, ISEM (FRA)
  • Herbreteau Vincent, IRD (FRA)
  • Michaux Johan, Université de Liège (BEL)
  • Piry Sylvain, INRA (FRA)
  • Morand Serge, CIRAD-ES-UPR AGIRs (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0003-3986-7659
  • Cosson Jean François, INRA (FRA)

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