Marc D. Green,Nikolai L. Orlov and Robert W. Murphy.Toward a Phylogeny of the Kukri Snakes, Genus Oligodon[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2010,1(1):1-21.[doi:10.3724/SP.J.1245.2010.00001]
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Toward a Phylogeny of the Kukri Snakes, Genus Oligodon
Marc D. Green1 Nikolai L. Orlov2 and Robert W. Murphy13*
1 Department of Natural History, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6 Canada
2 Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya nab 1, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia
3 State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650223, China
Oligodon genealogy Colubridae hemipenis mitochondrial DNA Southeast Asia South Asia
The South and Southeast Asian snake genus Oligodon, known for its egg-eating feeding behavior, has been a taxonomically and systematically challenging group. This work provides the first phylogenetic hypothesis for the genus. We use approximately 1900 base pairs of mitochondrial DNA sequence data to infer the relationships of these snakes, and we examine congruence between the phylogeny and hemipenial characters. A hypothesis for the position of Oligodon within the Colubridae is also proposed. We discuss the implications of the phylogeny for previous taxonomic groupings, and consider the usefulness of the trees in analysis of behavior and biogeography of this genus.


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