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YANG Jun-Xiao, ZHOU Wei-Wei, RAO Ding-Qi, POYARKOV A Nikolay, KUZMIN Sergius L. Validity and Systematic Position of Rana altaica (Rana: Ranidae): Results of a Phylogenetic Analysis. Zoological Research, 2010, 31(4): 353-360. doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1141.2010.04353
Citation: YANG Jun-Xiao, ZHOU Wei-Wei, RAO Ding-Qi, POYARKOV A Nikolay, KUZMIN Sergius L. Validity and Systematic Position of Rana altaica (Rana: Ranidae): Results of a Phylogenetic Analysis. Zoological Research, 2010, 31(4): 353-360. doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1141.2010.04353

Validity and Systematic Position of Rana altaica (Rana: Ranidae): Results of a Phylogenetic Analysis

doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1141.2010.04353
Funds:  The National Natural Science Foundation of China (30700065); the Program for Fostering Young Talents of Kunming Institute of Zoology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (0706571141).
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    YANG Jun-Xiao

  • Received Date: 2010-02-25
  • Rev Recd Date: 2010-05-07
  • Publish Date: 2010-08-22
  • In order to evaluate the phylogenetic position and validity of Rana altaica, 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.
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