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dc.contributor.advisorAmmerman, Loren K.
dc.contributor.authorStrickland, Jason L.
dc.contributor.otherAngelo State University. Department of Biology.
dc.creatorStrickland, Jason
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-25T14:32:04Z
dc.date.available2011-05-25T14:32:04Z
dc.date.createdApril 2011
dc.date.issued2011-05-25T14:32:04Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2346.1/17
dc.description.abstractThe objective of this study was to examine population structure in cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus) using Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP) and compare genetic and venom protein profiles in Texas. AFLP profiles using 622 fragments were generated for 105 individuals to understand the level of variation within Agkistrodon. In Texas, there was a significant lack of gene flow detected and support for the isolation of Concho Valley individuals. Cottonmouths showed the greatest genetic variation when compared to other Agkistrodon species but there was not complete support for two species of cottonmouths as currently proposed. RP-HPLC was used to examine venom protein profiles in 86 Texas cottonmouths. Relative peak heights were analyzed using PCA and the MANOVA demonstrated separation of populations based on profiles (p<0.001). Genetic and venom variation did not follow the same pattern indicating that there may be other selection pressures acting on the venom proteins.
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dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectCottonmouth
dc.subjectAgkistrodon Piscivorus
dc.subjectVenom Protein
dc.subjectAmplified Fragment Length Polymorphism
dc.subjectAFLP
dc.subjectGenetics
dc.subject.lcshAgkistrodon piscivorus
dc.subject.lcshGenetics
dc.subject.lcshClassification
dc.subject.lcshVenom
dc.subject.lcshResearch
dc.titlePhylogeography of the cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus, using AFLP and venom protein profiles.
dc.typeThesis
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thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science
thesis.degree.levelMaster
thesis.degree.disciplineBiology
thesis.degree.grantorAngelo State University
thesis.degree.departmentBiology
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRoss, Linda
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMaxwell, Terry C.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberParkinson, Christopher L.


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