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Title: Unexpected Phylogenetic Position of Parapelophryne among Southeast Asian Bufonids as Revealed by Mitochondrial DNA Sequence (Amphibia, Anura, Bufonidae)
Authors: Matsui, Masafumi
Eto, Koshiro
Lau, Michael W. N.
Liu, Wanzhao
Nishikawa, Kanto
Author's alias: 松井, 正文
Keywords: Bufo
Issue Date: Aug-2015
Publisher: Herpetological Society of Japan
Journal title: Current Herpetology
Volume: 34
Issue: 2
Start page: 182
End page: 187
Abstract: We estimated the phylogenetic relationships of an enigmatic small toad Parapelophryne scalpta from Hainan Island, China to nine other bufonid genera from Southeast and East Asia using ca. 2000 bp sequences of the mitochondrial DNA genes 12S rRNA, tRNAval, and 16S rRNA using maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference methods. The East and Southeast Asian bufonid genera formed a clade in which seven lineages with unresolved relationships to each other were recognized. Monophyly was supported only for (A) Parapelophryne and Bufo, (B) Phrynoidis and Pedostibes, and (C) Leptophryne and Ansonia. All genera were genetically divergent from each other and Parapelophryne, erected purely based on morphology, could be recognized as a distinct genus. On the other hand, it was found to be the sister genus of East Asian Bufo, an unexpected result given their great morphological difference and discontinuous distribution.
Rights: © 2015 by The Herpetological Society of Japan
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DOI(Published Version): 10.5358/hsj.34.182
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