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Axial patterning in snakes and caecilians: evidence for an alternative interpretation of the Hox code.
A molecular phylogeny of ichthyophiid caecilians (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Ichthyophiidae): out of India or out of South East Asia?
Tree topology and branch lengths indicate that the Indian lineages are more basal and older, and thus are more consistent with the hypothesis that ichthyophiids dispersed from the Indian subcontinent into South East Asia, while mitochondrial DNA sequences provide evidence that should assist current problematic areas of caecilian taxonomy.
Skeletal development in the Chinese soft‐shelled turtle Pelodiscus sinensis (Testudines: Trionychidae)
- M. Sánchez-Villagra, H. Müller, C. Sheil, T. Scheyer, H. Nagashima, S. Kuratani
- BiologyJournal of morphology
- 1 November 2009
Investigation of the development of the whole skeleton of the soft‐shelled turtle Pelodiscus sinensis and an analysis of the sequence of skeletal ossification in cryptodirans reveals heterochronies, some of which reflect the hypothesized phylogeny considered taxa.
Persistence and stability of Eastern Afromontane forests: evidence from brevicipitid frogs
The degree of persistence of forest habitats appears to be a contributing factor to the varying levels of diversity across the EABR in brevicipitids (and other organisms).
Parental investment by skin feeding in a caecilian amphibian
A remarkable form of parental care and mechanism of parent–offspring nutrient transfer in a caecilian amphibian is reported and provides a plausible intermediate stage in the evolution of viviparity in caecilians.
Life-history evolution and mitogenomic phylogeny of caecilian amphibians.
Skeletal development of the direct-developing caecilian Gegeneophis ramaswamii (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Caeciliidae)
The evidence from developmental morphology is at present consistent with a monophyletic Lissamphibia of temnospondyl origin, and the homology of the bones constituting the caecilian skull is assessed.
Ontogeny of the skull, lower jaw, and hyobranchial skeleton of Hypogeophis rostratus (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Caeciliidae) revisited
- H. Müller
- Environmental ScienceJournal of morphology
- 1 August 2006
Based on new observations on an ontogenetic series of 32 sectioned and cleared and stained specimens, the development of the skull, lower jaw, and hyobranchial skeleton of H. rostratus are described and it is argued that most of Marcus et al.'s reports of nonexistent ossifications are based on false phylogenetic preconception, misinterpretation of the observed morphology, and technical error.
Morphology and function of the head in foetal and juvenile Scolecomorphus kirkii (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Scolecomorphidae)
It is suggested that the derived head morphology of Scolecomorphus foetuses and juveniles is an adaptation to specialized postparitive feeding.
A new species of Boulengerula tornier (Amphibia : Gymnophiona : Caeciliidae) from an isolated mountain block of the Taita Hills, Kenya
A new species of East African caeciliid caecilian, Boulengerula niedeni spec. nov. (Amphibia: Gymnophiona) is described based on a series of 11 specimens from Sagalla Hill, an isolated mountain block…