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Molecular Ecology (2002) 11, 14531463 2002 Blackwell Science Ltd
 

Summary: Molecular Ecology (2002) 11, 1453­1463
© 2002 Blackwell Science Ltd
Blackwell Science, Ltd
Exploring the potential of life-history key innovation:
brook breeding in the radiation of the Malagasy treefrog
genus Boophis
M. VENCES,*¶ F. ANDREONE, F. GLAW, J. KOSUCH,§ A. MEYER,* H.-C. SCHAEFER§ and
M. VEITH§
*Department of Biology (Evolutionary Biology), University of Konstanz, 78457 Konstanz, Germany, Museo Regionale di Scienze
Naturali, Laboratory of Vertebrate Taxonomy and Ecology, Via G. Giolitti, 36, 10123 Torino, Italy, Zoologische Staatssammlung
München, Münchhausenstrasse 21, 81247 München, Germany, §Institut für Zoologie, Universität Mainz, Saarstraße 21, 55099
Mainz, Germany
Abstract
The treefrog genus Boophis is one of the most species-rich endemic amphibian groups
of Madagascar. It consists of species specialized to breeding in brooks (48 species) and
ponds (10 species). We reconstructed the phylogeny of Boophis using 16S ribosomal DNA
sequences (558 bp) from 27 species. Brook-breeders were monophyletic and probably derived
from an ancestral pond-breeding lineage. Pond-breeders were paraphyletic. The disparity
in diversification among pond-breeders and brook-breeders was notable among endemic
Malagasy frogs, although it was not significant when considering Boophis alone. Sibling

  

Source: Andreone, Franco - Zoology Department, Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino
Vences, Miguel - Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, Zoological Museum, Universiteit van Amsterdam

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology