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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24575

Title: Molecular Phylogeny of the Snake Genus Oligodon (Serpentes: Colubridae), with an Annotated Checklist and Key
Authors: Green, Marc
Advisor: Murphy, Robert W.
Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Keywords: Evolutionary Biology
Phylogeny
Oligodon
Issue Date: 26-Jul-2010
Abstract: The snake genus Oligodon, known for its egg-eating feeding behaviour, is a taxonomically and systematically challenging group from South and Southeast Asia. This work provides the first phylogenetic hypothesis for the genus, and includes a checklist and key to the species. I use approximately 1900 base pairs of mitochondrial DNA sequence data to infer the relationships of these snakes, and I examine congruence between the molecular phylogeny and hemipenial characters. A hypothesis for the position of Oligodon within the Colubridae is also proposed. I discuss the implications of the phylogeny for previous taxonomic groupings, and consider the usefulness of the trees in analysis of behaviour and biogeography.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24575
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