Funk, S. M., et al. (2007). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 45, 427-436.

The pygmy hog is a uniquegenus: 19th century taxonomists got it right first time round

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Stephan M. Funka, Sunil Kumar Vermab, Greger Larsonc, 1, Kasturi Prasadb, Lalji Singhb, Goutam Narayana, John E. Faa,

a Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Les Augrès Manor, Jersey JE3 5BP, Channel Islands, UK
b Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad 500 007, India
c Henry Wellcome Ancient Biomolecules Centre, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, OX1 3PS, UK

Abstract

The pygmy hog, Sus salvanius, the smallest and rarest extant suid was first described as the only member of the genus Porcula. It is currently regarded as member of the genus Sus and a sister taxon of the domestic pig/Eurasian wild boar (Sus scrofa). Phylogenetic analyses of 2316 bp from three mtDNA loci (control-region, cytochrome b, 16S) by Bayesian inference and statistical testing of alternative phylogenetic hypotheses all support the original classification of the pygmy hog as a unique genus. Thus, we propose that the species name Porcula salvania should be resurrected. The reclassification will heighten awareness of the need for the future protection and survival of this unique species.


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Pygmy hog; Porcula salvania; Sus; alternative phylogenetic hypotheses; Cytochrome b; Control region; 16S

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Funk, S. M., Verma, S. K., Larson, G., Prasad, K., Singh, L., Narayan, G. and Fa, J. E. (2007). The pygmy hog is a uniquegenus: 19th century taxonomists got it right first time round. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 45, 427-436.

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