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Molecular phylogeny and micro CT-scanning revealed extreme cryptic biodiversity in Kukri snake, Muhtarophis gen. n., a new genus for Rhynchocalamus barani (Serpentes: Colubridae)

(2015) RUSSIAN JOURNAL OF HERPETOLOGY. 22(3). p.159-174
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Application of taxonomy exclusively based on external morphology, molecular phylogeny and noninvasive anatomical investigation using micro CT scanning together is effective in resolving systematic problems, such as cryptic species. The external morphology, skull osteology and molecular phylogeny of Baran’s black-headed dwarf snake, Rhynchocalamus barani, and a subspecies of the Palestine kukri snake, Rhynchocalamus melanocephalus, were examined. Considerable osteological and molecular differences indicate that the genus Rhynchocalamus is paraphyletic. As a result, Baran’s black-headed dwarf snake should be referred to a monotypic genus, Muhtarophis gen. nov. Based on morphology and molecular data, R. satunini, previously known as a subspecies of R. melanocephalus, should be assigned the rank of species.
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Rhynchocalamus satunini, Colubridae, Muhtarophis gen. nov., Rhynchocalamus melanocephalus, Turkey, MITOCHONDRIAL-DNA, EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY, WATER FROGS, REPTILIA, TURKEY, SQUAMATA, SEQUENCE, DIVERSITY, SAURIA, MAFFT

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Chicago
Avci, Aziz, Cetin Ilgaz, Mahdi Rajabizadeh, Can Yilmaz, Nazan Üzüm, Dominique Adriaens, Yusuf Kumlutas, and Kurtulus Olgun. 2015. “Molecular Phylogeny and Micro CT-scanning Revealed Extreme Cryptic Biodiversity in Kukri Snake, Muhtarophis Gen. N., a New Genus for Rhynchocalamus Barani (Serpentes: Colubridae).” Russian Journal of Herpetology 22 (3): 159–174.
APA
Avci, Aziz, Ilgaz, C., Rajabizadeh, M., Yilmaz, C., Üzüm, N., Adriaens, D., Kumlutas, Y., et al. (2015). Molecular phylogeny and micro CT-scanning revealed extreme cryptic biodiversity in Kukri snake, Muhtarophis gen. n., a new genus for Rhynchocalamus barani (Serpentes: Colubridae). RUSSIAN JOURNAL OF HERPETOLOGY, 22(3), 159–174.
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Avci A, Ilgaz C, Rajabizadeh M, Yilmaz C, Üzüm N, Adriaens D, et al. Molecular phylogeny and micro CT-scanning revealed extreme cryptic biodiversity in Kukri snake, Muhtarophis gen. n., a new genus for Rhynchocalamus barani (Serpentes: Colubridae). RUSSIAN JOURNAL OF HERPETOLOGY. 2015;22(3):159–74.
MLA
Avci, Aziz, Cetin Ilgaz, Mahdi Rajabizadeh, et al. “Molecular Phylogeny and Micro CT-scanning Revealed Extreme Cryptic Biodiversity in Kukri Snake, Muhtarophis Gen. N., a New Genus for Rhynchocalamus Barani (Serpentes: Colubridae).” RUSSIAN JOURNAL OF HERPETOLOGY 22.3 (2015): 159–174. Print.
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  abstract     = {Application of taxonomy exclusively based on external morphology, molecular phylogeny and noninvasive anatomical investigation using micro CT scanning together is effective in resolving systematic problems, such as cryptic species. The external morphology, skull osteology and molecular phylogeny of Baran{\textquoteright}s black-headed dwarf snake, Rhynchocalamus barani, and a subspecies of the Palestine kukri snake, Rhynchocalamus melanocephalus, were examined. Considerable osteological and molecular differences indicate that the genus Rhynchocalamus is paraphyletic. As a result, Baran{\textquoteright}s black-headed dwarf snake should be referred to a monotypic genus, Muhtarophis gen. nov. Based on morphology and molecular data, R. satunini, previously known as a subspecies of R. melanocephalus, should be assigned the rank of species.},
  author       = {Avci, Aziz and Ilgaz, Cetin and Rajabizadeh, Mahdi and Yilmaz, Can and {\"U}z{\"u}m, Nazan and Adriaens, Dominique and Kumlutas, Yusuf and Olgun, Kurtulus},
  issn         = {1026-2296},
  journal      = {RUSSIAN JOURNAL OF HERPETOLOGY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {159--174},
  title        = {Molecular phylogeny and micro CT-scanning revealed extreme cryptic biodiversity in Kukri snake, Muhtarophis gen. n., a new genus for Rhynchocalamus barani (Serpentes: Colubridae)},
  url          = {http://rjh.folium.ru/index.php/rjh/article/view/984},
  volume       = {22},
  year         = {2015},
}

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