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Out of Asia: natricine snakes support the Cenozoic Beringian Dispersal Hypothesis.
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Divergence dating and ancestral area estimation indicate that the natricines originated in tropical Asia during the later Eocene or the Oligocene, consistent with the dispersal of numerous other OW groups into the NW. Expand
Assessing species boundaries and the phylogenetic position of the rare Szechwan ratsnake, Euprepiophis perlaceus (Serpentes: Colubridae), using coalescent-based methods.
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This work determines the validity and phylogenetic position of a rare and long controversial species of Chinese reptile, the Szechwan ratsnake (Euprepiophis perlaceus), using multi-locus data from multiple individuals and coalescent-based approaches. Expand
A taxonomic revision of the Asian keelback snakes, genus Amphiesma (Serpentes: Colubridae: Natricinae), with description of a new species.
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A phylogenetic analysis of the Asian keelback snakes shows that Amphiesma consists of three distinct, monophyletic lineages with strong support, and indicates that further taxonomic revisions are needed in Natricinae, at multiple levels. Expand
A Re-analysis of the phylogeny of the genus Protobothrops (Reptilia: Viperidae), with particular reference to the systematic position of P. xiangchengensis
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The phylogenetic relationships further confirm that P. xiangchengensis is a valid species distinct from P. mucrosquamatus and that it is closely related to P. jerdonii. Expand
Understanding the formation of ancient intertropical disjunct distributions using Asian and Neotropical hinged-teeth snakes (Sibynophis and Scaphiodontophis: Serpentes: Colubridae).
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The results suggest that intercontinental dispersal with extinction in intermediate areas can explain puzzling patterns of ancient intertropical disjunct distributions and suggest that Scaphiodontophis is sister to Sibynophis. Expand
Phylogeny of Oriental Voles (Rodentia: Muridae: Arvicolinae): Molecular and Morphological Evidence
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The molecular phylogeny, based on two mitochondrial genes (COI and cyt b), resolves the Oriental voles as a monophyletic group with strong support, and considers Caryomys and Eothenomys to be valid genera. Expand
COI-based barcoding of Chinese vipers (Reptilia: Squamata: Viperidae)
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This work investigated the utilization of COI to discriminate 34 putative species of vipers in China, and indicated that the average degree of intraspecific variability tends to be one-sixth the average of interspecific divergence, but no barcoding gap was detected between them. Expand
A New Species of the Genus Thermophis (Serpentes: Colubridae) from Shangri-La, Northern Yunnan, China, with a Proposal for an Eclectic Rule for Species Delimitation
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There are differences in morphology, genetics, and geography between the putative new species and T. zhaoermii, but the new species meets the proposed eclectic and feasible "four-differences" rule. Expand
Cryptic diversity of green pitvipers in Yunnan, South-west China (Squamata, Viperidae)
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It was unexpected that the samples allied to V. gumprechtidid not form a monophyletic clade, but rather two well supported, distinct clades, and further morphological comparison suggested that the specimens nested within the clade Popeiould be identified as P. popeiorum, which is a species new to China. Expand
A revised taxonomy of Asian snail-eating snakes Pareas (Squamata, Pareidae): evidence from morphological comparison and molecular phylogeny
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Interspecific phylogenetic relationships of the genus Pareas were reconstructed using two mitochondrial fragments and two nuclear genes and multivariate morphometrics conducted for external morphological data, and cryptic diversity of this genus was uncovered and two new species were described. Expand
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