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TAXONOMIC STATUS OF CHIRONIUS MULTIVENTRIS AND CHIRONIUS COCHRANAE (SERPENTES)

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Author(s):
Klaczko, Julia [1] ; Machado, Fabio De Andrade [2] ; Scrocchi, Gustavo [3] ; Zaher, Hussam [2]
Total Authors: 4
Affiliation:
[1] State Univ Campinas UNICAMP, Dept Anim Biol, Inst Biol, BR-13083970 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Museu Zool, BR-04263000 Sao Paulo - Brazil
[3] Fdn Miguel Lillo, Inst Herpetol, RA-4000 San Miguel De Tucuman, Tucuman - Argentina
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Herpetologica; v. 66, n. 4, p. 476-484, DEC 2010.
Web of Science Citations: 8
Abstract

Recently four subspecies of Chironius multiventris were recognized as valid distinct species: C. in. foveatus, C. in. multiventris, C. in. cochranae, and C. m. septentrionalis. Although C. foveatus and C. septentrionalis clearly deserve specific status, a re-evaluation of the characters pointed in the literature as diagnostic of C. multiventris and C. cochranae does not support their recognition as valid distinct taxa. Additionally, our analysis of the scutellation pattern, continuous characters, and hemipenial morphology of 34 specimens, and of the available data in literature, shows that there are no significant differences between them. We therefore suggest that C. cochranae should be synonymized with C. multiventris. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 02/13602-4 - Evolution of the southeastern Brazilian reptile fauna from Cretaceous: paleontology, phylogeny and biogeography
Grantee:Hussam El Dine Zaher
Support type: BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Thematic Grants