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Accommodating heterogenous rates of evolution in molecular divergence dating methods: an example using intercontinental dispersal of Plestiodon (Eumeces) lizards.
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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
Phylogeny and divergence times of some racerunner lizards (Lacertidae: Eremias) inferred from mitochondrial 16S rRNA gene segments.
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A frequently studied region of the mitochondrial 16S rRNA was used to reassess the phylogenetic relationships of some Eremias species, test if the viviparous species form a monophyletic group, and estimate divergence time among lineages using a Bayesian relaxed molecular-clock approach. Expand
A phylogeny of Chinese species in the genus Phrynocephalus (Agamidae) inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences.
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The phylogenies suggest that the monophyly of the viviparous species may have resulted from vicariance, while recent dispersal may have been important in generating the pattern of variation among the oviparrous species. Expand
The phylogenetic systematics of blue-tailed skinks (Plestiodon) and the family Scincidae
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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
Partitioned Bayesian analyses, dispersal-vicariance analysis, and the biogeography of Chinese toad-headed lizards (Agamidae: Phrynocephalus): a re-evaluation.
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This phylogenetic framework inferred the genus' historical biogeography by using weighted ancestral-area analysis and dispersal-vicariance analysis in combination with a Bayesian relaxed molecular-clock approach and paleogeographical data, and partitioned Bayesian analyses support the monophyly of Phrynocephalus and its sister-group relationship with Laudakia. Expand
The global distribution of tetrapods reveals a need for targeted reptile conservation
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It is shown that additional conservation actions are needed to effectively protect reptiles, particularly lizards and turtles, and that adding reptile knowledge to a global complementarity conservation priority scheme identifies many locations that consequently become important. Expand
Phylogeographic analysis of the Bufo gargarizans species complex: a revisit.
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The "vicariance followed by dispersal" hypothesis of the Bufo gargarizans species group was tested and the species status in the general lineages species concept was re-evaluated and it was suggested that dispersal, instead of vicariance, dominated the history of the species group. Expand
Cladogenesis and Vicariance Patterns in the Toad-Headed Lizard Phrynocephalus versicolor Species Complex
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The resulting phylogeny suggests that the species diversity and distribution patterns of P. przewalskii, P. versicolor, and Phrynocephalus sp. Expand
Validity of Pelodiscus parviformis (Testudines: Trionychidae) Inferred from Molecular and Morphological Analyses
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The molecular and morphological data were combined to evaluate the validity of Pelodiscus parviformis and inferred that it is a valid species, and a new record of P. axenaria in Guangxi, China is suggested. Expand
Diversification and Demography of the Oriental Garden Lizard (Calotes versicolor) on Hainan Island and the Adjacent Mainland
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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. Expand
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