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Molecular phylogeny reveals cryptic diversity in Sibynophis from China (Serpentes: Sibynophiidae)
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  • Peng Guo,
  • Ping Wang,
  • Bing Lyu,
  • Qin Liu,
  • Jieyu Zheng,
  • Chunmei Fu,
  • Yayong Wu,
  • Guocheng Shu,
  • Shaobing Hou
Peng Guo
Yibin University

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Ping Wang
Sichuan Academy of Science, Chengdu, P. R. China
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Bing Lyu
Yibin University
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Qin Liu
Yibin University
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Jieyu Zheng
Yibin University
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Chunmei Fu
Yibin University
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Yayong Wu
Chengdu Institute of Biology
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Guocheng Shu
Yibin University
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Shaobing Hou
Kunming Institute of Zoology Chinese Academy of Sciences
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Illumination of species diversity and their distribution is key to evolution, genetics and conservation. The genus of Sibynophis is a group of rare snakes with less attentions. Based on more extensive sampling, we use both mitochondrial fragments and nuclear gene to explore the species diversity of the species of Sibynophis occurring in China. The results showed that S. c. miyiensis is a synonym of S. c. grahami, and S. c. grahami should be gave a specific rank as S. graham. Sibynophis triangularis was uncovered to be new to China and Myanmar. On basis of our specimens and molecular phylogeny results, the species distribution boundaries of each Chinese species were redefined.
04 May 2023Submitted to Ecology and Evolution
17 May 2023Submission Checks Completed
17 May 2023Assigned to Editor
18 May 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
09 Jun 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
30 Jun 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
13 Jul 20231st Revision Received
14 Jul 2023Submission Checks Completed
14 Jul 2023Assigned to Editor
14 Jul 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
18 Jul 2023Editorial Decision: Accept