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Molecular insights into the phylogenetic placement of the poorly known genus Niceforonia Goin and Cochran, 1963 (Anura: Brachycephaloidea)

Among New World direct-developing frogs belonging to the clade Brachycephaloidea (= Terraranae), there are several genera with uncertain phylogenetic placements. One notable example is the genus Niceforonia Goin & Cochran 1963, which includes three species that are endemic to Colombia. Three specimens of the species Niceforonia nana were collected and for the first time the genus is included in a molecular phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial (mtDNA; 12S and 16S) and nuclear (nucDNA; TYR and RAG1) markers. Molecular phylogenetic inference based on concatenated and separate mtDNA and nucDNA analyses recovered Niceforonia nana nested within Hypodactylus Hedges et al. 2008, rendering the latter genus paraphyletic. Consequently, herein we place the genus Hypodactylus in the synonymy of Niceforonia to resolve the paraphyly and place Niceforonia in the subfamily Hypodactylinae. Based on our revised concept of the genus Niceforonia we conducted preliminary morphological comparisons using specimens and literature descriptions. Niceforonia nana is quite divergent from other species of Niceforonia (uncorrected genetic distances of ca. 10% 16S and 7% TYR) suggesting that further taxonomic revision may be warranted.

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Andrés R Acosta-Galvis; Jeffrey Streicher; Luigi Manuelli; Travis Cuddy; Rafael Omar de Sá (2018). Molecular insights into the phylogenetic placement of the poorly known genus Niceforonia Goin and Cochran, 1963 (Anura: Brachycephaloidea) [Data set]. Natural History Museum. https://doi.org/10.5519/0027684
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Acosta-Galvis, Andrés R;
Streicher, Jeffrey ( 0000-0002-3738-4162);
Manuelli, Luigi;
Cuddy, Travis;
de Sá, Rafael Omar
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Temporal extent 2018
Last updated September 19, 2018
Last resource update September 19, 2018 (Partition Finder scheme)
Created September 19, 2018
License Open Data Commons Attribution License