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The conservation status of the world's reptiles
New Chinese turtles: endangered or invalid? A reassessment of two species using mitochondrial DNA, allozyme electrophoresis and known‐locality specimens
The phylogenetic and taxonomic validity of two new species of geoemydid turtles from China are tested and the available evidence is consistent with the hypothesis that the specimens represent polyphyletic, intergeneric hybrids.
A genetic survey of heavily exploited, endangered turtles: caveats on the conservation value of trade animals
Survey of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA variation of the heavily exploited Mauremys mutica complex, a clade of Asian turtles that contains the endangered M. mutica, discovered extensive mtDNA and nuDNA variation among samples that did not correspond to the currently recognized taxonomy.
The chelonian trade in the largest pet market in China: scale, scope and impact on turtle conservation
Abstract China is the largest consumer of turtles in the world and international trade has been cited as the greatest threat to Asian turtles. Two main types of trade in live turtles occur in China:…
Systematics and molecular phylogenetics of Asian snail-eating snakes (Pareatidae)
The molecular phylogeny further suggests a distant relationship between P. chinensis and P. formosensis and supports the validity of the former species and suggests that P. nuchalis are distinct from congeners, and future morphological and molecular studies might assess whether a distinct genus should be recognized.
Diversification and Demography of the Oriental Garden Lizard (Calotes versicolor) on Hainan Island and the Adjacent Mainland
The phylogeographical patterns of C. versicolor are the combined product of Pleistocene sea-level oscillations and nonphysical barriers to gene flow, which provides evidence of a relatively stable population size through time for Group I, and moderate population expansions and contractions during the end of the Pleistsocene for Group II.
Sex in the Half-Shell: A Review of the Functions and Evolution of Courtship Behavior in Freshwater Turtles
The evolution of courtship behavior in freshwater turtles might accompany the evolution of sexual dimorphism, which is directly subject to natural selection.
Turtles and Tortoises Are in Trouble
A report on the hybridization between two species of threatened Asian box turtles (Testudines: Cuora) in the wild on Hainan Island (China) with comments on the origin of 'serrata'-like turtles
Ten new turtle taxa were described from pet trade specimens from China since the 1980s and were shown to be hybrids of male Cuora mouhotii and females of Cuora galbinifrons Bourret or Cuora bourreti Obst and Reimann.
Molecular Evidence for Species Status of the Endangered Hainan Peacock Pheasant
Abstract The Hainan peacock pheasant is an endangered taxon found only on Hainan Island of China. Due to lack of detailed taxonomic studies, whether it is a subspecies of the grey peacock pheasant…