Partial Mitogenome Sequence of the Indian Crested Porcupine (Hystrix indica) in Turkey, with the Phylogeny of the Subgenus Hystrix


BIOLOGY BULLETIN, vol.47, no.4, pp.399-406, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1134/s106235902004007x
  • Title of Journal : BIOLOGY BULLETIN
  • Page Numbers: pp.399-406


Mitogenomic data can provide valuable information that can be used to elucidate and reveal the evolutionary history and phylogenetic relationships. Recently, mitogenomes generated using high-throughput sequencing technologies have become more applicable in association with advanced analytical tools. In this study, to provide mitogenomic data for the Indian crested porcupine and to disclose the intraspecific and interspecific relationships within the subgenusHystrix, partial mitogenome (7.525 bp) of one sample from Turkey that included coding and noncoding regions was initially sequenced using the Illumina MiSeq platform. The structure of the obtained partial mitogenome was similar to those of the other mammals. The partial mitogenome sequence of the Turkish sample was used for phylogenetic analyses together with published mitochondrial sequences of the species within the subgenusHystrixregistered in GenBank. Two mitochondrial regions (CytBand D-loop available in GenBank) were analyzed using the Bayesian, Maximum Likelihood, and Neighbor-Joining methods. Phylogenetic analyses revealed three major phylogroups (Hystrix cristata,H. indica, andH. africaeaustralis) within the subgenusHystrix. This partial mitogenome sequence was the first data for the Turkish porcupine belonging to the speciesH. indica. As genetic data forH. indicaare already limited, the present study would contribute to further phylogenetic studies that would be performed using mitogenomic data of the Indian crested porcupine and other porcupines.