Speciation in the Rana chensinensis species complex and its relationship to the uplift of the Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau

  title={Speciation in the Rana chensinensis species complex and its relationship to the uplift of the Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau},
  author={Wei-wei Zhou and Yang Wen and Jinzhong Fu and Yong Xu and Jie-qiong Jin and Li Ding and Mi-Sook Min and Jing Che and Ya-ping Zhang},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
Speciation remains a fundamental issue in biology. Herein, we report an investigation into speciation in the Rana chensinensis species complex using DNA sequence data from one mitochondrial and five nuclear genes. A phylogenetic analysis of the data revealed four major clades in the complex, and each of them was found to likely represent a species, including one cryptic species. Ecological niche models were generated from 19 climatic variables for three of the four major clades, which were… 

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