n African Zoology - Relationships of the group of geckos (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae)

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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We examined phylogenetic relationships of the complex using DNA sequence data from segments of the mitochondrial genes cytochrome b and 16S ribosomal RNA. These molecular data support the contention that members of the complex, as defined by McLachlan (1979), form a monophyletic group. Further, high levels of sequence divergence observed between currently recognized subspecies (19.1-26.8 % for cytb), even across short geographic distances, support elevation of each member to full specific rank. The pattern of relationship within the complex species is (, ). Sequence data provide no evidence to support a close relationship between these taxa and , to which previous workers had assigned both and .

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