LU Shunqing,PANG Junfeng,YANG Datong and ZHANG Yaping.Taxonomic Status of the Spot-legged Treefrog in Southern Yunnan, Inferred from Mitochondrial DNA Sequences[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2010,1(2):86-89.[doi:10.3724/SP.J.1245.2010.00086]
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Taxonomic Status of the Spot-legged Treefrog in Southern Yunnan, Inferred from Mitochondrial DNA Sequences
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Taxonomic Status of the Spot-legged Treefrog in Southern Yunnan, Inferred from Mitochondrial DNA Sequences
LU Shunqing12 PANG Junfeng2 YANG Datong2 and ZHANG Yaping2*
1 College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Huangshan University, Huangshan 245041, Anhui, China
2 Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650223, Yunnan, China
spot-legged treefrog Polypedates megacephalus Polypedates leucomystax mitochondrial DNA 12S rRNA
Populations of the spot-legged treefrogs (Polypedates megacephalus) in China show significant morphological variation, but no has yet been conducted to investigate the correlation between morphological variation and genetic/ ecological divergence. In this study, mitochondrial DNA sequences from the 12S rRNA gene (374 bp) were amplified from 25 individual spot-legged treefrogs from southern Yunnan, China. The phylogenetic analysis using Bayesian Inference determined two haplotype clades, different from those detected by Richards and Moore (1998). Our results suggest that the phylogenetic lineages reconstructed in this study are not correlated with morphology, thus indicating that the populations in southern Yunnan may be P. leucomystax rather than P. megacephalus.


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