Abstract # 61:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 2012 07:00 PM-09:00 PM: Session 9 (Gardenia) Poster Presentation


EVALUATION OF THE GENETIC VARIABILITY OF ALOUATTA PALLIATA FOR ITS CONSERVATION IN VERACRUZ, MEXICO

L. E. Arguello-Sanchez, L. M. García-Feria and J. C. Serio-Silva
Biologia y Conservacion de Vertebrados, INECOL, Xalapa, Veracruz 91070, USA
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     Three monkey species are native to Mexico and the one with greater reduction of habitat, primarily in the State of Veracruz, is Alouatta palliata mexicana. The reduction of its territory has led not only to habitat fragmentation but also to the fragmentation of populations. There are few genetic studies of A.p.mexicana in Mexico and none specifically for the state of Veracruz. The aim of the present study is to know the structure and genetic diversity of populations of A.p. mexicana in this state and determine whether habitat fragmentation has implications for their genetic viability. Hair samples were collected from 45 individuals of different troops living in either fragmented or conserved areas of Veracruz, using a noninvasive technique which involves sampling through sticky darts thrown with blowtubes or air rifle. We are amplifying fragments of the mitochondrial genes encoding Cytocrome B and Control Region. Preliminary results revealed higher haplotype diversity in conserved areas. This evaluation of the structure and genetic diversity of A.p.mexicana populations will help to design conservation strategies for mantled howlers in Veracruz and make recommendations for the species in all its distribution.