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={W. Zhou and Yang Wen and J. Fu and Y. Xu and Jie-qiong Jin and L. Ding and M. Min and Jing Che and Y. Zhang},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
  • W. Zhou, Yang Wen, +6 authors Y. Zhang
  • Published 2012
  • Biology, Medicine
  • 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… CONTINUE READING
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