Origin and identity of Fejervarya (Anura: Dicroglossidae) on Guam

Pacific Science
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Abstract

We used morphological and molecular data to infer the identity and origin of frogs in the genus Fejervarya that have been introduced to the island of Guam. Mensural and meristic data were collected from 96 specimens from throughout their range on the island and a principal component analysis was used to investigate the distribution of these data in morphological space. We also amplified a fragment of the 16S ribosomal ribonucleic acid mitochondrial gene from 27 of these specimens and compared it to 63 published sequences of Fejervarya and the morphologically similar Zakerana. All examined Fejervarya from Guam are morphologically indistinguishable and share an identical haplotype. The molecular data identify them as Fejervarya cancrivora with a haplotype identical to F. cancrivora from Taiwan.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Origin and identity of Fejervarya (Anura: Dicroglossidae) on Guam
Series title Pacific Science
DOI 10.2984/70.2.9
Volume 70
Issue 2
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher University of Hawai'i Press
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 9 p.
First page 233
Last page 241
Country United States
State Guam