Juan LEI,Xiaoyu SUN,Ke JIANG,et al.Multilocus Phylogeny of Lycodon and the Taxonomic Revision of Oligodon multizonatum[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2014,5(1):26-37.[doi:10.3724/SP.J.1245.2014.00026]
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Multilocus Phylogeny of Lycodon and the Taxonomic Revision of Oligodon multizonatum
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Multilocus Phylogeny of Lycodon and the Taxonomic Revision of Oligodon multizonatum
Juan LEI124 Xiaoyu SUN1 Ke JIANG3 Gernot VOGEL5 David T. BOOTH4 and Li DING1*
1 Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu, Sichuan 610041, China
2 College of Life and Sciences, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610064, China
3 State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650223, Yunnan Province, China
4 School of Biological Science, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, St Lucia, QLD 4072, Australia
5 Society for Southeast Asian Herpetology, Im Sand 3, D-69115 Heidelberg, Germany
Bayesian inference China classification c-mos cyt b Lycodon maximum likelihood ND4 Oligodon
Classification of the Asian snake genera Lycodon and Oligodon has proven challenging. We conducted a molecular phylogenetic analysis to estimate the phylogenetic relationships in the genus of Lycodon and clarify the taxonomic status of Oligodon multizonatum using mitochondrial (cyt b, ND4) and nuclear (c-mos) genes. Phylogenetic trees estimated using Maximum Likelihood and Bayesian Inference indicated that O. multizonatum is actually a species of Lycodon. Comparing morphological data from O. multizonatum and its closest relatives also supported this conclusion. Our results imply that a thorough review of the evolutionary relationships in the genus of Lycodon is strong suggested.


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