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Multi-locus phylogeny and evolution of reproductive modes in the Pyxicephalidae, an African endemic clade of frogs

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dc.contributor.author Tarrant, Jeanne
dc.contributor.author Van der Meijden, Arie
dc.contributor.author Crottini, Angelica
dc.contributor.author Turner, Andrew
dc.contributor.author Vences, Miguel
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-30T06:11:58Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-30T06:11:58Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Van der Meijden, A. et al. 2011. Multi-locus phylogeny and evolution of reproductive modes in the Pyxicephalidae, an African endemic clade of frogs. African journal of herpetology, 60(1):1-12. [http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ther20/current] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2156-4574
dc.identifier.issn 2153-3660 (Online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/7146
dc.description.abstract The ranoid family Pyxicephalidae is an endemic group of African frogs, with the majority of its diversity concentrated in South Africa. Here we present the first molecular phylogeny that includes as many as nine of the ten pyxicephalid genera, omitting only Nothophryne, based on four nuclear gene fragments and one mitochondrial gene fragment. This study corroborates the basal placement of Pyxicephalus and Aubria, and the sister group placement of Natalobatrachus and Arthroleptella, which were first signalled using smaller datasets. The evolution of endotrophic development has evolved twice within the Pyxicephalidae, once in the ancestor of Anhydrophryne, and independently in the ancestor of Arthroleptella. The implications for the evolution of body size, from the large species in Pyxicephalus and Aubria to the smallest pyxicephalid species in Arthroleptella and Microbatrachella are discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Unisa Press/Taylor & Francis en_US
dc.subject Amphibia en_US
dc.subject Anura en_US
dc.subject Ranoidea en_US
dc.subject Pyxicephalidae en_US
dc.subject Amietia en_US
dc.subject Anhydrophryne en_US
dc.subject Arthroleptella en_US
dc.subject Cacosternum en_US
dc.subject Natalobatrachus en_US
dc.subject Poyntonia en_US
dc.subject Pyxicephalus en_US
dc.subject Strongylopus en_US
dc.subject Tomopterna en_US
dc.subject molecular phylogeny en_US
dc.subject Microbatrachella en_US
dc.title Multi-locus phylogeny and evolution of reproductive modes in the Pyxicephalidae, an African endemic clade of frogs en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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