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Comparative Studies on Hemipenial Morphology of Eight Species of Keelback Snakes (Serpentes: Colubridae: Rhabdophis)
Author of the article:ZHU Guangxiang 1,2, GUO Peng3, ZHAO Ermi 1,4 *
Author's Workplace:(1. College of Life Science, Sichuan University, Key Laboratory of Bio-resources and Eco-environment (Ministry of Education), Chengdu 610064, China; 2. College of Life and Basic Sciences, Sichuan Agricultural University, Ya'an, Sichuan Province 625014, China; 3. Life Science and Food Engineering College of Yibin University, Yibin, Sichuan Province 644007, China; 4. Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041, China)
Key Words:Rhabdophis; hemipenis; morphological comparison
Abstract:The hemipenial morphology has been extensively used in snake morphological evolution and systematics, and providing a large array of phylogenetically informative data. In current study, the hemipenial morphology of eight Chinese species from the genus Rhabdophis (including Rhabdophis tigrinus, R. adleri, R. nuchalis, R. pentasupralabialis, R. leonardi, R. nigrocinctus, R. himalayanus, R. subminiatus) were described and compared. The validity of some species level positions were discussed. Moreover, the evolution and phylogenetic relationships between them were extrapolated.
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