DNA fingerprinting reveals polygyny in the subterranean rodent Ctenomys talarum

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  • Roxana R. Zenuto,

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    1. Departamento de Biologia, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, cc 1245, 7600 Mar del Plata, Argentina,
      R. Zenuto. E-mail:rzenuto@mdp.edu.ar
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  • Eileen A. Lacey,

    1. Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
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  • Cristina Busch

    1. Departamento de Biologia, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, cc 1245, 7600 Mar del Plata, Argentina,
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R. Zenuto. E-mail:rzenuto@mdp.edu.ar

Abstract

DNA fingerprinting was used to characterize patterns of paternity in two populations of Ctenomys talarum from Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. The multilocus probe PV47–2 was used to detect variation in genomic DNA extracted from 12 females, their 32 offspring, and 14 putative sires. For 11 out of 12 litters examined, a single male capable of providing all nonmaternal bands was identified. Within each study population, individual males sired more than one litter, suggesting that C. talarum is polygynous. No evidence of multiple paternity of litters was found. High band-sharing values among females suggest that further research is needed to assess the population genetic structure of this species.

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