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Geographic patterns of endemism and speciation in amphibians and reptiles of the Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan, with special reference to their paleogeographical implications
  • H. Ota
  • Biology
  • Researches on Population Ecology
  • 1 October 1998
This paper analyzes the phylogeographical patterns of amphibian and reptile lineages distributed in the Ryukyu islands south of the Tokara Gap on the basis of relevant distributional data andExpand
The conservation status of the world's reptiles
The results provide the first analysis of the global conservation status and distribution patterns of reptiles and the threats affecting them, highlighting conservation priorities and knowledge gaps which need to be addressed urgently to ensure the continued survival of the world’s reptiles. Expand
Accommodating heterogenous rates of evolution in molecular divergence dating methods: an example using intercontinental dispersal of Plestiodon (Eumeces) lizards.
It is found that extreme saturation has obscured the underlying rate of evolution in the mitochondrial DNA, resulting in severe underestimation of the rate in this locus, indicating an inadequacy of current models to capture the complex nature of mtDNA evolution in over large time scales. Expand
The ZW sex chromosomes of Gekko hokouensis (Gekkonidae, Squamata) represent highly conserved homology with those of avian species
The results suggest that in reptiles the origin of sex chromosomes varies even within such a small clade as the order Squamata, employing a variety of genetic sex determination. Expand
Multiple invasions of the Ryukyu Archipelago by Oriental frogs of the subgenus Odorrana with phylogenetic reassessment of the related subgenera of the genus Rana.
P phylogenetic relationships among 17 species of the section Hylarana including Odorrana and Eburana, and related species from the Ryukyus, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia are estimated to be monophyletic. Expand
Phylogenetic relationships, character evolution, and biogeography of the subfamily Lygosominae (Reptilia: Scincidae) inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences.
The results did not support monophyly of the Mabuya group sensu lato (i.e., an assemblage of the Lygosoma, Egernia, and MabUya groups), for which a number of morphological and karyological studies demonstrated a considerable similarity. Expand
Phylogeny of the lizard subfamily Lygosominae (Reptilia: Scincidae), with special reference to the origin of the new world taxa.
Phylogenetic relationships of the three lygosomine skink genera occurring both in the Old World and the New World (Mabuya, Scincella and Sphenomorphus) were inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequenceExpand
The phylogenetic systematics of blue-tailed skinks (Plestiodon) and the family Scincidae
A comprehensive molecular phylogeny of Plestiodon is constructed using Bayesian phylogenetic analyses of a nine-locus data set comprising 8308 base pairs of DNA, sampled from 38 of the 43 species in the genus and replaces the existing supraspecific taxonomy with one congruent with the phylogenetic results. Expand
Phylogenetic Relationships of the Asian Box Turtles of the Genus Cuora sensu lato (Reptilia: Bataguridae) Inferred from Mitochondrial DNA Sequences
Phylogenetic relationships of the genus Cuora sensu lato and Cistoclemmys and other testudinoid genera were inferred from variations in 882 base positions of mitochondrial 12S and 16S rRNA genes, suggesting the non-monophyly for the Batagurinae and the Geoemydinae, and sister relationships with Testudinidae rather than with the Emydidae. Expand
Taxonomic Relationships within the Pan-Oriental Narrow-mouth Toad Microhyla ornata as Revealed by mtDNA Analysis (Amphibia, Anura, Microhylidae)
Abstract A molecular phylogenetic survey was conducted using mtDNA sequences of 12S and 16S rRNA, and cyt-b genes to examine taxonomic relationships among populations of the Pan-Oriental microhylid,Expand