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Light shines through the spindrift - Phylogeny of African torrent frogs (Amphibia, Anura, Petropedetidae)

Barej MF, Rödel M. O. and Loader SP, Menegon M. and Gonwouo NL, Penner J. and Gvoždík V, Günther R. and Bell RC, Nagel P. and Schmitz, A.. (2014) Light shines through the spindrift - Phylogeny of African torrent frogs (Amphibia, Anura, Petropedetidae). Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, Vol. 71. pp. 261-273.

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Abstract

Torrent frogs of the genus Petropedetes Reichenow, 1874 as currently understood have a disjunct distribution with species endemic to West, Central or East Africa. We herein present a phylogenetic analysis including all but one of the currently described 12 species of the genus. Maximum Likelihood and Bayesian analyses of combined nuclear (rag1, SIA, BDNF) and mitochondrial (16S, 12S, cytb) genes of more than 3500 base pairs, revealed clades corresponding to the three sub-Saharan regions. Molecular results are confirmed by morphological differences. Surprisingly, the three geographic clades do not form a monophyletic group with respect to closely related families Pyxicephalidae and Conrauidae and therefore require taxonomic changes. We resurrect Arthroleptides Nieden, 1911 for the East African taxa. The Central African taxa remain in the genus Petropedetes. The West African members are placed in the new genus Odontobatrachus gen. nov. The taxonomic position of the new genus remains incertae sedis as it was not assigned to any of the four families included in our analyses. Potential new species have been detected within all three major clades, pointing to a still not fully clarified diversity within African torrent frogs.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Umweltwissenschaften > Biogeographie (Nagel)
UniBasel Contributors:Loader, Simon Paul and Nagel, Peter
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1055-7903
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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