Phylogeny of Philippine slender skinks (Scincidae: Brachymeles) reveals underestimated species diversity, complex biogeographical relationships, and cryptic patterns of lineage diversification.

@article{Siler2011PhylogenyOP,
  title={Phylogeny of Philippine slender skinks (Scincidae: Brachymeles) reveals underestimated species diversity, complex biogeographical relationships, and cryptic patterns of lineage diversification.},
  author={Cameron D Siler and Arvin C. Diesmos and Angel C. Alcala and Rafe M Brown},
  journal={Molecular phylogenetics and evolution},
  year={2011},
  volume={59 1},
  pages={53-65}
}
The spectacular, virtually endemic radiation of Philippine semi-fossorial skinks of the genus Brachymeles represent one of the few radiations of scincid lizards to possess both fully limbed and limbless species. And yet, nothing is known of the phylogenetic relationships of this exceptional group. Morphologically similar body plans have made it difficult to assess species-level diversity, and the genus has long been recognized as one of the more modest radiations of southeast Asian lizards… CONTINUE READING
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