DNA barcoding against poaching of Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra), two confirmed cases from Greece

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1 Molecular Ecology and Conservation Genetics Lab, Department of Biological Applications and Technology, University of Ioannina, 45500, Ioannina, Greece

2 Molecular Ecology and Conservation Genetics Lab, Department of Biological Applications and Technology, University of Ioannina, 45110, Ioannina, Greece


Poaching has been reported as a major threat to the survival of many species including the Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra). We report two recent cases from Greece where COI and Cytb sequences were used for species identification from evidence samples. Not only we confirm the poaching events, but through the description of the laboratory procedures we highlight two limitations of the barcoding method, COI-like sequences and the universality of COI primers.


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