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Title: Phylogenetic partitioning of the third-largest vertebrate genus in the world, Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827 (Reptilia; Squamata; Gekkonidae) and its relevance to taxonomy and conservation
Authors: Lee Grismer, L.
Wood, P.L.
Poyarkov, N.A.
Le, M.D.
Kraus, F.
Agarwal, I.
Oliver, P.M.
Nguyen, S.N.
Nguyen, T.Q.
Karunarathna, S.
Welton, L.J.
Stuart, B.L.
Luu, V.Q.
Bauer, A.M.
O Connell, K.A.
Quah, E.S.H.
Chan, K.O. 
Ziegler, T.
Ngo, H.
Nazarov, R.A.
Aowphol, A.
Chomdej, S.
Suwannapoom, C.
Siler, C.D.
Anuar, S.
Tri, N.V.
Grismer, J.L.
Keywords: Asia
Bent-Toed Geckos
Integrative taxonomy
Southeast Asia species groups
Issue Date: 16-Mar-2021
Publisher: Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft
Citation: Lee Grismer, L., Wood, P.L., Poyarkov, N.A., Le, M.D., Kraus, F., Agarwal, I., Oliver, P.M., Nguyen, S.N., Nguyen, T.Q., Karunarathna, S., Welton, L.J., Stuart, B.L., Luu, V.Q., Bauer, A.M., O Connell, K.A., Quah, E.S.H., Chan, K.O., Ziegler, T., Ngo, H., Nazarov, R.A., Aowphol, A., Chomdej, S., Suwannapoom, C., Siler, C.D., Anuar, S., Tri, N.V., Grismer, J.L. (2021-03-16). Phylogenetic partitioning of the third-largest vertebrate genus in the world, Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827 (Reptilia; Squamata; Gekkonidae) and its relevance to taxonomy and conservation. Vertebrate Zoology 71 : 101-154. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: The gekkonid genus Cyrtodactylus is the third most speciose vertebrate genus in the world, containing well over 300 species that collectively range from South Asia to Melanesia across some of the most diverse landscapes and imperiled habitats on the planet. A genus-wide phylogeny of the group has never been presented because researchers working on different groups were using different genetic markers to construct phylogenies that could not be integrated. We present here Maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference mitochondrial and mito-nuclear phylogenies incorporating of 310 species that include dozens of species that had never been included in a genus-wide analysis. Based on the mitochondrial phylogeny, we partition Cyrtodactylus into 31 well-supported monophyletic species groups which, if used as recommended herein, will increase the information content of future integrative taxonomic analyses that continue to add new species to this genus at an ever-increasing annual rate. Data presented here reiterate the outcome of several previous studies indicating that Cyrtodactylus comprises an unprecedented number of narrow-range endemics restricted to single mountain tops, small islands, or karst formations that still remain unprotected. This phylogeny can provide a platform for various comparative ecological studies that can be integrated with conservation management programs across the broad diversity of landscapes and habitats occupied by this genus. Additionally, these data indicate that the true number of Cyrtodactylus remains substantially underrepresented. © 2021 Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Vertebrate Zoology
ISSN: 1864-5755
DOI: 10.3897/vertebrate-zoology.71.e59307
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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