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Abstract

The Owston's palm civet (Chrotogale owstoni) is one of the least known viverrids. In order to assess the degree of intraspecific variation, we sequenced a fragment of mitochondrial cytochrome b in 26 individuals. We identified 23 haplotypes, indicating a fairly high level of genetic diversity. The phylogenetic analysis yielded two clades supported by eight synapomorphies, suggestive of a north/south geographical divide. Recommendations for captive management cannot be made on the basis of the study results, but the high level of genetic diversity is very encouraging for both field conservation and captive breeding efforts.