Molecular phylogenetics, morphological evolution, and speciation of Chinese stout newts (Salamandridae: Pachytriton)
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CitationWu, Yunke. 2013. Molecular phylogenetics, morphological evolution, and speciation of Chinese stout newts (Salamandridae: Pachytriton). Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.
AbstractChina harbors 10% of the world's salamander species. Studying their evolutionary history provides critical insights into the evolution of the fauna of the Far East. The stout newts (Pachytriton, also known as paddle-tailed newts) are a genus of aquatic montane salamanders that are widely distributed in southeastern China. Despite their longstanding popularity among the global pet trade, little is known of their biology beyond external morphology. My thesis presents the first systematic study to elucidate phylogenetic relationships, character evolution, biogeographic patterns, species delimitation, and speciation mechanisms in this genus.
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