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A phylogeny and revised classification of Squamata, including 4161 species of lizards and snakes
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A new large-scale phylogeny of squamate reptiles is presented that includes new, resurrected, and modified subfamilies within gymnophthalmid and scincid lizards, and boid, colubrid, and lamprophiid snakes. Expand
Phylogeny and tempo of diversification in the superradiation of spiny-rayed fishes
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Analysis of clade-specific shifts in diversification rates reveal that the hyperdiversity of living acanthomorphs is highlighted by several rapidly radiating lineages including tunas, gobies, blennies, snailfishes, and Afro-American cichlids, indicating there is no single explanation for the success of acanthomorphics. Expand
Coalescent-based species delimitation in an integrative taxonomy.
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Along with other tools and data types, coalescent-based species delimitation will play an important role in an integrative taxonomy that emphasizes the identification of species limits and the processes that have promoted lineage diversification. Expand
Phylogeny of the Colubroidea (Serpentes): new evidence from mitochondrial and nuclear genes.
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This work inferred the phylogeny of colubroids with special reference to the largest family, the Colubridae, and proposed an updated classification based on the reallocation of species as indicated by the inferred phylogeny. Expand
MITOCHONDRIAL DNA PHYLOGEOGRAPHY OF THE POLYTYPIC NORTH AMERICAN RAT SNAKE (ELAPHE OBSOLETA): A CRITIQUE OF THE SUBSPECIES CONCEPT
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Mitochondrial DNA analysis of the polytypic snake, Elaphe obsoleta, yields well-supported clades that do not conform to any of the currently accepted subspecies, and underscores the potential problems of recognizing subspecies based on one or a few characters. Expand
The phylogeny of advanced snakes (Colubroidea), with discovery of a new subfamily and comparison of support methods for likelihood trees.
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This study provides the most comprehensive phylogeny of Colubroidea to date, and suggests that SHL values may provide a useful complement to bootstrapping for estimating support on likelihood-based trees. Expand
Early origin of viviparity and multiple reversions to oviparity in squamate reptiles.
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This work reconstructs ancestral parity modes accounting for state-dependent diversification in a large-scale phylogenetic analysis and finds strong support for an early origin of viviparity at the base of Squamata, and a complex pattern of subsequent transitions. Expand
MITOCHONDRIAL DNA PHYLOGEOGRAPHY OF THE POLYTYPIC NORTH AMERICAN RAT SNAKE (ELAPHE OBSOLETA): A CRITIQUE OF THE SUBSPECIES CONCEPT
Subspecies have been considered artificial subdivisions of species, pattern classes, or incipient species. However, with more data and modern phylogenetic techniques, some subspecies may be found toExpand
How and when did Old World ratsnakes disperse into the New World?
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These analyses suggest that the ratsnakes originated in tropical Asia in the late Eocene and subsequently dispersed to the Western and Eastern Palearctic by the early Oligocene, and that the monophyletic NW ratsnake (the Lampropeltini) diverged from OW ratnakes and dispersed through Beringia in the early Miocene when this land bridge was mostly composed of deciduous and coniferous forests. Expand
A molecular approach to discerning the phylogenetic placement of the enigmatic snake Xenophidion schaeferi among the Alethinophidia
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Results from ML and BI analyses suggest a possible sister taxon relationship between Xenophidion schaeferi and the Bolyeridae and strong statistical support indicates that Xenophiidae is a member of a clade that contains Pythonidae, Loxocemidae, Uropeltidae, Xenopeltidae and Bolyeriidae. Expand
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