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Type: Journal article
Title: Systematics of the Carlia 'fusca' complex (Reptilia: Scincidae) from northern Australia
Author: Donnellan, S.
Couper, P.
Saint, K.
Wheaton, L.
Citation: Zootaxa, 2009; 2009(2227):1-31
Publisher: Magnolia Press
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 1175-5326
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S.C. Donnellan, P.J. Couper, K. M. Saint & L. Wheaton
Abstract: Using a combination of mitochondrial and nuclear genetic markers, karyotypes and morphology, we examine the taxonomy of the Australo-papuan scincid lizard Carlia ‘fusca’ complex in northern Australia, all of which had been assigned previously to C. longipes. Carlia longipes, shows substantial variation in Y chromosome morphology between populations, indeed more than is seen between other species of Carlia. Analyses of the molecular genetic data and morphology demonstrate that populations with different Y chromosomes are two different species and also lead to the recognition of a third species from the Torres Strait. We herein define each of these species, for which previously described names can be applied.
Keywords: Lizard
mitochondrial DNA
DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.2227.1.1
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