Research project: A DNA library for the New Caledonian lizard fauna


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Museum investigators

  • Ross Sadlier , Collection Manager, Herpetology

External investigators

  • Aaron Bauer, Villanova University, USA
  • Tod Jackman, Villanova University, USA

Funded by

  • US National Science Foundation (NSF)


DNA sequence data has been fundamental in identifying numerous genetic lineages, mostly regionally discreet, within the New Caledonian scincid and gekkonid lizards.

Sequences for the mitochondrial ND2 gene have been obtained from approximately 500 individual samples of lizards. These will form the library with which samples from other regions will be compared.

Ross Sadlier , Collection Manager, Herpetology
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