PHYLOGEOGRAPHY AND GENETIC VARIATION OF THE ENDANGERED SAWFISH (FAMILY <i>PRISTIDAE</i>)
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The iconic sawfish (Family <i>Pristidae</i>) is endangered due to over harvesting within the last century. This study aims to compare the genetic variation of all five species of sawfish and their populations throughout their current and historic ranges as well as their evolutionary history. Genetic information derived from historic sawfish specimens from museum collections will supplement limited contemporary samples. The study will take advantage of DNA hybridization gene capture and next generation sequencing techniques in order to sequence whole mitochondrial genomes. Findings may be used to gain insight into the levels of gene flow and movement patterns of sawfish populations globally and help identify evolutionary significant units important for consideration in conservation strategies in the future. Therefore, this study may be useful to those involved in conservation, policy and management of elasmobranch fishes.