Evolution and diversification of dasyurid marsupials of the Australian arid zone

Linette Umbrello

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Abstract

The evolution and diversification of many taxa is poorly understood in the arid regions of Australia. In this thesis, I explore the evolutionary responses of arid-occurring dasyurids to Quaternary climate change. I first review the morphology and subspecific status of the endangered northern quoll. I then generate comprehensive molecular sequences to investigate the phylogeography of six small dasyurid species (subfamily Sminthopsinae) occurring in the western arid regions of Australia. Finally, I explore contemporary gene flow in four of these species using a ddRADseq next-generation sequencing approach. The findings will have important implications for the management of arid-occurring dasyurids.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Didham, Raphael, Supervisor
  • Huey, Joel, Supervisor
  • How, Ric, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date18 Mar 2019
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

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