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Ibuki Fukuyama, Tomonori Kodama, Koshiro Eto, Masafumi Matsui, Mohamad Yazid Hossman, Kanto Nishikawa. Phylogenetic placement and diet of homalopsid snake Miralia alternans (Ruess, 1833). Zoological Research, 2022, 43(5): 734-737. doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2022.083
Citation: Ibuki Fukuyama, Tomonori Kodama, Koshiro Eto, Masafumi Matsui, Mohamad Yazid Hossman, Kanto Nishikawa. Phylogenetic placement and diet of homalopsid snake Miralia alternans (Ruess, 1833). Zoological Research, 2022, 43(5): 734-737. doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2022.083

Phylogenetic placement and diet of homalopsid snake Miralia alternans (Ruess, 1833)

doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2022.083
Field surveys and specimen collection were approved by the State Government of Sarawak (Research Permit No. NPW.907.4.2(III)-68).
Supplementary data to this article can be found online.
I.F., T.K., and K.E. conceived and designed the study. I.F. performed the experiments, measured the specimens, and wrote the manuscript. M.M., K.N., and K.E. revised the manuscript. M.Y.H. arranged the field survey. M.Y.H., M.M., K.N., and K.E. collected the specimens in the field. All authors read and approved the final version of the manuscript.
Funds:  This study was supported by the Shikata Memorial Trust for Nature Conservation to I.F., Asahi Glass Foundation to K.N., JSPS Core-to-Core Program Type B. Asia-Africa Science Platforms (Coordinator: M. Motokawa), and JST/JICA, SATREPS to T. Itioka. The field trip by M.M. and K.N. was made possible by a grant from the Monbusho through the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS; Field Research, No. 20405013) to M.M.
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  • Corresponding author: E-mail: kawashibi@gmail.com
  • Received Date: 2022-05-03
  • Accepted Date: 2022-07-26
  • Published Online: 2022-08-02
  • Miralia alternans (Ruess, 1833) is distributed in Borneo, Sumatra, and Java in Southeast Asia. The species is morphologically similar to Raclitia indica, a monotypic genus known from Peninsular Malaysia. Here, we collected a juvenile specimen of M. alternans from Borneo, and report on its coloration in life and first prey item recovered from the species. We also explored the phylogenetic position of the genus using molecular phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial cyt b and nuclear PRLR, confirming M. alternans as sister to R. indica, with the two genera exhibiting relatively high genetic divergence (13.0%–13.1%).
  • Field surveys and specimen collection were approved by the State Government of Sarawak (Research Permit No. NPW.907.4.2(III)-68).
    Supplementary data to this article can be found online.
    I.F., T.K., and K.E. conceived and designed the study. I.F. performed the experiments, measured the specimens, and wrote the manuscript. M.M., K.N., and K.E. revised the manuscript. M.Y.H. arranged the field survey. M.Y.H., M.M., K.N., and K.E. collected the specimens in the field. All authors read and approved the final version of the manuscript.
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