Diversité génétique de Talpa europaea et de L'hantavirus Nova (Nvav) en France

Par Jean Pierre Hugot, Se Hun Gu, Carlos Feliu, Jacint Ventura, Alexis Ribas, Jérôme Dormion, Richard Yanagihara, Violaine Nicolas

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Nova hantavirus (NVAV) was first identified in a captured European mole (Talpa europaea) in Hungary. Analysis of lung tissues from 94 moles captured in France revealed NVAV in 50% of the animals. Based on the genetic diversity of the cytochrome b mtDNA, moles collected in Poitiers and Bordeaux were more closely related to the Iberian mole (T. occidentalis), a species previously assumed to be restricted to the Iberian Peninsula. Several hypotheses are discussed to explain these observations: 1) the presence of hitherto unnoticed T. occidentalis in southwestern France; 2) the existence of an ancient mitochondrial introgression phenomenon between the two Talpa species, producing a particular phenotype in some hybrids; 3) the existence of a hybrid zone between the two species; and 4) the existence of a new Talpa species. NVAV was not detected in the southwestern moles, which raises the question of the possible presence of a particular Hantavirus species in this population and/or in the Iberian moles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-284
JournalBulletin de l'Academie Veterinaire de France
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Hantavirus
  • NVAV
  • Phylogenetics
  • Phylogeography
  • Talpa europaea
  • Talpa occidentalis


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