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Sun skink diversification across the Indian-Southeast Asian biogeographical interface

Barley, Anthony J and Datta-Roy, Aniruddha and Karanth, Praveen K and Brown, Rafe M (2015) Sun skink diversification across the Indian-Southeast Asian biogeographical interface. In: JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, 42 (2). pp. 292-304.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12397


Aim Widespread, transcontinental vertebrate groups represent ideal systems for biogeographical studies, because they can shed light on a wide range of questions relating to species diversification across the geographical template. We combined extensive geographical and genetic sampling from across multiple biogeographical realms to examine the timing and location of diversification in Asian sun skinks, a clade characterized by problematic species boundaries and a particularly enigmatic evolutionary history. Location Indian subcontinent, the Philippines, Southeast Asia and Sundaland. Methods We sequenced one mitochondrial and nine nuclear genes for most species in the genus Eutropis, and estimated phylogenetic relationships and divergence times using coalescent methods. To investigate the location of diversification events, we also estimated ancestral geographical ranges using several methods. Finally, we explored patterns of genetic diversity within several poorly understood, but widely distributed species. Results Divergence-time estimates indicate that Eutropis began to diversify during the Eocene. Biogeographical reconstructions show that species diversification was associated with dispersal into three biogeographical realms: India, Sundaland and the Philippines. Main conclusions The results of this study clarify several questions related to the evolutionary history of Eutropis, and place them in the context of classic Southeast Asian biogeography. Our study represents one of the first to compile a heavily sampled multilocus dataset ranging across international boundaries in southern Asia that have historically prevented a unified understanding of biogeographical and evolutionary processes involving the Indian subcontinent, mainland southern Asia and the island archipelagos of Southeast Asia.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the WILEY-BLACKWELL, 111 RIVER ST, HOBOKEN 07030-5774, NJ USA
Keywords: Biogeographical range evolution; divergence time; Eutropis; India; Philippines; phylogenetics; Sundaland
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
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Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2015 07:27
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2015 07:27
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/51251

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