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|Title:||Systematics of the Carlia 'fusca' complex (Reptilia: Scincidae) from northern Australia|
|Citation:||Zootaxa, 2009; 2009(2227):1-31|
|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; Scincidae; Carlia; morphology; mitochondrial DNA; chromosome; allozyme; taxonomy|
|Appears in Collections:||Earth and Environmental Sciences publications|
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