Armadillos exhibit less genetic polymorphism in North America than in South America: nuclear and mitochondrial data confirm a founder effect in Dasypus novemcinctus (Xenarthra) Journal Articles uri icon

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  • AbstractHeterozygosity at eight nuclear enzymatic loci and mitochondrial DNA control region (D‐loop) sequence polymorphism was compared between North and South American nine‐banded armadillos (Dasypus novemcinctus: Xenarthra, Dasypodidae). All markers revealed a striking genetic homogeneity amongst Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi individuals, vs. the usual level of polymorphism for the French Guiana population. This may reflect a founder effect during colonization of North America. Occurrence of polymorphism in the D‐loop microsatellite motif of North American armadillos suggests a recent recovery of mitochondrial variability. Phylogeographic analyses using Dasypus kappleri as outgroup provides evidence for a clear separation between North and South American control region haplotypes.


  • Poinar, Hendrik
  • Huchon, Dorothée
  • Delsuc, Frédéric
  • Catzeflis, François M
  • Douzery, Emmanuel JP

publication date

  • October 1999