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pdf 08. A molecular phylogenetic study of the Old World treefrog family Rhacophoridae

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pp.41-46 

Authors: Christina M. Richards And William S. Moore

Abstract: A phylogenetic tree is presented for the Old World treefrog family Rhacophoridae and other ranoid frogs that that have an Africa-Madagascar-Asia distribution. The tree was inferred from parts of the mitochondrial ribosomal 12S and 16S genes and the tRNAval gene sequences with the Microhylidae as outgroup. The tree indicates that the rhacophorids are a monophyletic group composed of a Madagascar clade and an Asian-African clade. When endemic Madagascar mantellids were added to the tree, they also were part of the Madagascar rhacophorid clade, but the support for this assignment is weak. Tomopterna labrosa, a ranid endemic to Madagascar, appears more closely related to the Madagascar rhacophorids than it does to the ran ids included in the analysis. Support for this relationship is strong enough to merit reinvestigation of the morphology and extension of the molecular data set.

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