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Spatiotemporal Diversification of the True Frogs (Genus Rana): A Historical Framework for a Widely Studied Group of Model Organisms.
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A well-resolved, time-calibrated phylogeny from sequences of six nuclear and three mitochondrial loci sampled from most species of Rana is used to clarify the group's diversification and global biogeography, and suggests that previous classifications were misled by morphological homoplasy and plesiomorphic color patterns. Expand
Multilocus species tree analyses resolve the radiation of the widespread Bufo bufo species group (Anura, Bufonidae).
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Coalescent-based estimations of time to most recent common ancestors for each species and selected subclades allowed historical reconstruction of the diversification of the species group in the context of Mediterranean paleogeography and indicated a long evolutionary history in this region. Expand
A novel multilocus phylogenetic estimation reveals unrecognized diversity in Asian horned toads, genus Megophrys sensu lato (Anura: Megophryidae).
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This study suggests that Borneophrys is junior synonym of Megophrys sensu stricto, and provides an estimation of timeframe for the horned toads, and estimates the phylogeny using both mitochondrial and nuclear DNA data. Expand
Diversity of the snail‐eating snakes Pareas (Serpentes, Pareatidae) from Taiwan
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Using mitochondrial sequence phylogeny, nuclear c‐mos haplotype network, as well as multivariate morphometrics, lines of evidence showed congruent results for the coexistence of three Pareas species in Taiwan, with prominent genetic and morphological differentiation and differing level of dentition asymmetry. Expand
Large-scale phylogenetic analyses provide insights into unrecognized diversity and historical biogeography of Asian leaf-litter frogs, genus Leptolalax (Anura: Megophryidae).
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The results reveal that both vicariance and dispersal are responsible for current distribution patterns in the Leptolalax genus, and the genus appears to have originated in Sundaland and then colonized mainland Asia. Expand
A new limestone-dwelling species of Micryletta (Amphibia: Anura: Microhylidae) from northern Vietnam
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In the phylogenetic analyses, the new species is unambiguously positioned as a sister lineage to all remaining species of Micryletta and should be considered as Endangered (B1ab(iii), EN) following the IUCN’s Red List categories. Expand
Cold Code: the global initiative to DNA barcode amphibians and nonavian reptiles
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The formation of Cold Code is announced, the international initiative to DNA barcode all species of these ‘cold‐blooded’ vertebrates, and the Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences will sequence COI for the first 10 specimens of a species at no cost to the steward of the tissues. Expand
Cryptic crested newt diversity at the Eurasian transition: the mitochondrial DNA phylogeography of Near Eastern Triturus newts.
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It is suggested that the uplift of the Armenian Plateau to be responsible for the separation of the eastern clade around 7Ma, and the re-establishment of a marine connection between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean at the end of the Messinian Salinity Crisis to have caused the split between the central and western clades around 5.5Ma. Expand
Red River barrier and Pleistocene climatic fluctuations shaped the genetic structure of Microhyla fissipes complex (Anura: Microhylidae) in southern China and Indochina
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Genogeography, historical demography, and SDM associate patterns in southern China with climate changes of the last glacial maximum (LGM), but not Indochina, where ecological divergence also probably promoted and maintained the diversification. Expand
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