Developing a species identification system in a forensic context for Diprotodontia

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Wildlife crime is a deliberate and purposeful illegal activity involving animals and plants, alive or dead (including their parts, products and derivatives) for which purposeful gain is the principle motive. The Australian marsupial order Diprotodontia which includes the kangaroos, possums and gliders are purportedly targets of wildlife crime, being illegally exported overseas as part of the pet trade or for collections, as well as illegally hunted for sport, meat or skins. Fundamental to the regulation of trade and harvesting of these species is an appropriate identification method. This poster outlines a study combining mitochondrial and nuclear marker information to create a more robust phylogeny to underpin a species identification method.


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