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Determine Relatedness of Certain Mexican Races of Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)


January 2011 - December 2018


Goal: Use contemporary and museum samples and a high-throughput targeted capture approach to examine taxonomic differences among relevant subspecies of Mexican bobwhite. We propose a phylogenomic analysis of individuals from each subspecies with a goal of at least 40 individuals from C. v. ridgewayi, C. v. graysoni, C. v. nigripectus, C. v. coyolcos, C. v. insignis, C. v. salvini, and C. v. godmani. DNA was extracted from a total of 85 contemporary feathers and tissue samples as well as museum specimens in a dedicated ancient DNA laboratory. In this study, we will use ultra-conserved regions (UCEs) to interrogate genetic relationships among bobwhite subspecies in the southwestern US and Mexico. We will use any newly gained taxonomic information to aid the recovery efforts for the endangered masked bobwhite, particularly with respect to potential translocations into masked bobwhite areas from Mexico.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



Funding Agencies

  • Arizona Game & Fish Dept.


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey