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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 31, No. 4, 2010, pp. 353-360
Bioline Code: zr10047
Full paper language: Chinese
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 31, No. 4, 2010, pp. 353-360

 en Validity and Systematic Position of Rana altaica check for this species in other resources (Rana: Ranidae): Results of a Phylogenetic Analysis
Yang, Jun-Xiao; Zhou, Wei-Wei; Rao, Ding-Qi; Poyarkov, A. Nikolay; Kuzmin, Sergius L. & Che, Jing


In order to evaluate the phylogenetic position and validity of Rana altaica check for this species in other resources , we investigated the phylogeny of brown frogs in Eurasia by Bayesian Inference and Maximum Parsimony analyses of a fragment from the mitochondrial DNA gene Cytochrome b. Both analyses resolved R. altaica as nesting deeply within R. arvalis. Most samples of the nominal R. altaica from the Altai region and specimens from Central Siberia shared a haplotype with R. arvalis. The matrilineal relationships suggested that R. altaica should be considered as a junior synonym of R. arvalis. Furthermore, our study suggested that the species group division of Chinese brown frogs should be re-evaluated within a phylogenetic context.

Rana altaica; Rana arvalis; Rana arvalis altaica; Cytochrome b; Demographic expansion

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