Baowei ZHANG,Xin HUANG,Tao PAN,et al.Systematics and Species Validity of the Dabieshan Pit Viper Protobothrops dabieshanensis Huang et al. 2012: Evidence from a Mitochondrial Gene Sequence Analysis[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2013,4(4):282-287.[doi:10.3724/SP.J.1245.2013.000282]
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Systematics and Species Validity of the Dabieshan Pit Viper Protobothrops dabieshanensis Huang et al. 2012: Evidence from a Mitochondrial Gene Sequence Analysis
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Systematics and Species Validity of the Dabieshan Pit Viper Protobothrops dabieshanensis Huang et al. 2012: Evidence from a Mitochondrial Gene Sequence Analysis
Baowei ZHANG1*** Xin HUANG1* Tao PAN1 Liang ZHANG2 Wenliang ZHOU1 Tao SONG1 and Demin HAN1
1 School of Life Sciences, Anhui University, Hefei 230039, Anhui, China
2 Guangdong Entomological Institute and South China Institute of Endangered Animals, Guangzhou 510260, Guangdong, China
phylogeny Crotalinae systematics venomous snakes
Aimed to evaluate the phylogenetic position of the recently described Protobothrops dabieshanensis Huang et al. (2012), phylogenic relationships of 12 species within Protobothrops based on four mtDNA gene fragments (12S RNA, 16S RNA, ND4 and Cyt b) were reconstructed in our study. The result indicates a clade composed of P. dabieshanensis, P. jerdonii and P. xiangchengsis with strong support. The genetic distance among P. dabieshanensis, P. jerdonii and P. xiangchengsis was much lower than other congeners. Based on the data from the phylogenetic analysis and pre-viously described morphological differences, we conclude that P. dabieshanensis is a valid species with close affinities to P. jerdonii and P. xiangchengsis.


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