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A morphological review of the Cuora flavomarginata complex (Testudines: Geoemydidae)

Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington

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DOI: 10.2988/08-01.1

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Abstract

A reevaluation of the morphometric and color pattern differences within the Asiatic box turtle, Cuora flavomarginata sensu latu, was conducted in view of determining the taxonomic position of the three currently recognized subspecies: C. f. flavomarginata (Taiwan), C. f. sinensis (southern mainland China), and C. f. evelynae (Ryukyu Islands, Japan). Recent analyses indicate that the allopatric population of C. f. evelynae is the most divergent of the three taxa and shares little possibility for gene exchange with the other two populations. In contrast, the populations of C. f. flavomarginata and C. f. sinensis share many characters. We recommend the recognition of the Ryukyu population as a full species, C. evelynae.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
A morphological review of the Cuora flavomarginata complex (Testudines: Geoemydidae)
Series title:
Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington
DOI:
10.2988/08-01.1
Volume
121
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2008
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington
First page:
391
Last page:
397