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1 March 2012 Morphological and molecular differentiation of Aerobryopsis eravikulamensis Manju & Rajesh sp. nov. (Meteoriaceae) and closely related taxa of the Western Ghats of India
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The genetic relationships and species boundaries of three species of Aerobryopsis, including a new one and a closely related taxon, Aerobrydium filamentosum within the Meteoriaceae of the Western Ghats of India were estimated based random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers and morphological characters. Using 12 decamer primers 72 RAPD markers were identified, of which 69 (96%) were polymorphic. Amplicons of the primers OPF-01 and OPD-08 served as distinct markers to discriminate the species of Aerobryopsis and Aerobryidium filamentosum. The multivariate analyses of morphological and molecular data indicate that all the samples belong to four distinct species. RAPD proved to be a useful tool to detect genetic relationships of these closely related taxa and Aerobryopsis eravikulamensis Manju & Rajesh, a new taxon, is illustrated and described.
Chandrasekharan Nair Manju, Kottakkal Poulose Martin, Vadakkethil Balakrishnan Sreekumar and Kunhi Purayil Rajesh "Morphological and molecular differentiation of Aerobryopsis eravikulamensis Manju & Rajesh sp. nov. (Meteoriaceae) and closely related taxa of the Western Ghats of India," The Bryologist 115(1), (1 March 2012). https://doi.org/10.1639/0007-2745-115.1.42
Received: 22 March 2010; Accepted: 1 January 2012; Published: 1 March 2012
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