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Phylogenetic relationships among Agamid lizards of the Laudakia caucasia species group: testing hypotheses of biogeographic fragmentation and an area cladogram for the Iranian Plateau.
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Phylogenetic relationships within the Laudakia caucasia species group on the Iranian Plateau were investigated using 1708 aligned bases of mitochondrial DNA sequence from the genes encoding ND1 (subunit one of NADH dehydrogenase) and COI, and every branch of the phylogenetic tree is well supported.
Two novel gene orders and the role of light-strand replication in rearrangement of the vertebrate mitochondrial genome.
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Two novel mitochondrial gene arrangements are identified in an agamid lizard and a ranid frog and a mechanism involving errors in light-strand replication and tandem duplication of genes is proposed for rearrangement of vertebrate mitochondrial genes, implicate gene order as a reliable phylogenetic character.
The Impact of Conservation on the Status of the World’s Vertebrates
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Though the threat of extinction is increasing, overall declines would have been worse in the absence of conservation, and current conservation efforts remain insufficient to offset the main drivers of biodiversity loss in these groups.
The conservation status of the world's reptiles
Vicariant patterns of fragmentation among gekkonid lizards of the genus Teratoscincus produced by the Indian collision: A molecular phylogenetic perspective and an area cladogram for Central Asia.
TLDR
A well-supported phylogenetic hypothesis is presented for gekkonid lizards of the genus Teratoscincus, showing vicariant separation from taxa in former Soviet Central Asia and northern Afghanistan and well dated to 10 million years before present.
Evaluating trans-tethys migration: an example using acrodont lizard phylogenetics.
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Three historical events may be responsible for the sharp faunal barrier between Southeast Asia and Australia-New Guinea, known as Wallace's line: primary vicariance caused by plate separations, secondary contact of Southeast Asian plates with Eurasia, leading to dispersal from Eurasia into Southeast Asia, and introduction of different biotic elements to Asia by way of separate Gondwanan plates.
Evolutionary Shifts in Three Major Structural Features of the Mitochondrial Genome Among Iguanian Lizards
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It is proposed that changes to the secondary structure of tRNACys may destroy function of the origin for light-strand replication which, in turn, may facilitate shifts in gene order.
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