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Alpha1-antitrypsin polymorphism and systematics of eastern North American wolves

Canadian Journal of Zoology

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DOI:10.1139/z02-066

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Abstract

We used data on the polymorphic status of α1-antitrypsin (α1AT) to study the relationship of Minnesota wolves to the gray wolf (Canis lupus), which was thought to have evolved in Eurasia, and to red wolves (Canis rufus) and coyotes (Canis latrans), which putatively evolved in North America. Recent evidence had indicated that Minnesota wolves might be more closely related to red wolves and coyotes. Samples from wild-caught Minnesota wolves and from captive wolves, at least some of which originated in Alaska and western Canada, were similarly polymorphic for α1AT, whereas coyote and red wolf samples were all monomorphic. Our findings, in conjunction with earlier results, are consistent with the Minnesota wolf being a gray wolf of Eurasian origin or possibly a hybrid between the gray wolf of Eurasian origin and the proposed North American wolf.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Alpha1-antitrypsin polymorphism and systematics of eastern North American wolves
Series title:
Canadian Journal of Zoology
DOI:
10.1139/z02-066
Volume:
80
Issue:
5
Year Published:
2002
Language:
English
Publisher:
NRC Research Press
Contributing office(s):
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description:
3 p.
First page:
961
Last page:
963