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Tuesday, December 6 • 8:20am - 8:40am
Distinguishing Louisiana Pinesnake, Pituophis Ruthveni, From Southern Pinesnake, Pituophis Melanoleucus, Using Molecular Analyses

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The Louisiana pinesnake, Pituophis ruthveni, is an indigenous species of western Louisiana and eastern Texas that is morphologically similar to the Southern pinesnake, Pituophis melanoleucus. Although these species vary only slightly in skin color and patterning, geographical range and mtDNA distinguish these two species. Comparison of mtDNA sequences between snake genomes is an established method to elucidate complex phylogenetic relationships for species identification. Two species of Pituophis were collected in North Carolina by the Environmental Studies department at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, mtDNA was extracted, PCR was conducted, and resulting sequences were analyzed and compared.

Tuesday December 6, 2016 8:20am - 8:40am
038 Karpen Hall

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