n African Zoology - A molecular phylogeny of the sand frog genus (Amphibia : Anura : Ranidae) based on mitochondrial 12S and 16S rRNA sequences

Volume 39, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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The frog genus &lt;I&gt;Tomopterna&lt;/I&gt; (Anura : Ranidae) comprises eight described species distributed in Africa. Parsimony analyses of mitochondrial 12S and 16S rRNA gene sequence data were performed and a molecular phylogeny inferred. The phylogenetic relationships of the recently described <I>T. damarensis&lt;/I&gt; are discussed. A North African population previously reported as <I>T. cryptotis&lt;/I&gt; was found to be genetically closest to <I>T. delalandii</I>. Its species status remained unresolved. Phylogenetic relationships proposed are (<I>T. natalensis (T. tuberculosa (T</I>. sp. Ayoun el-Atrouss (<I>T. delalandii ((T. cryptotis, T. tandyi)(T</I>. sp. Beira, <I>T</I>. sp. Shankara))((<I>T. marmorata, T. krugerensis) T. damarensis</I>))))).

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