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Integration of nuclear and mitochondrial gene sequences and morphology reveals unexpected diversity in the forest cobra (Naja melanoleuca) species complex in Central and West Africa (Serpentes: Elapidae). / Wuster, Wolfgang; Chirio, Laurent; Trape, J.F.; Ineich, I.; Jackson, Kate; Greenbaum, E.; Barron, C.; Kusamba, Chifundera; Nagy, Z.T.; Storey, Richard; Hall, Cara; Wuster, Catharine; Barlow, Axel; Broadley, D.G.

In: Zootaxa, Vol. 4455, No. 1, 01.08.2018, p. 68-98.

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Wuster, W, Chirio, L, Trape, JF, Ineich, I, Jackson, K, Greenbaum, E, Barron, C, Kusamba, C, Nagy, ZT, Storey, R, Hall, C, Wuster, C, Barlow, A & Broadley, DG 2018, 'Integration of nuclear and mitochondrial gene sequences and morphology reveals unexpected diversity in the forest cobra (Naja melanoleuca) species complex in Central and West Africa (Serpentes: Elapidae).', Zootaxa, vol. 4455, no. 1, pp. 68-98.

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Wuster, W., Chirio, L., Trape, J. F., Ineich, I., Jackson, K., Greenbaum, E., Barron, C., Kusamba, C., Nagy, Z. T., Storey, R., Hall, C., Wuster, C., Barlow, A., & Broadley, D. G. (2018). Integration of nuclear and mitochondrial gene sequences and morphology reveals unexpected diversity in the forest cobra (Naja melanoleuca) species complex in Central and West Africa (Serpentes: Elapidae). Zootaxa, 4455(1), 68-98.

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Wuster W, Chirio L, Trape JF, Ineich I, Jackson K, Greenbaum E, Barron C, Kusamba C, Nagy ZT, Storey R, Hall C, Wuster C, Barlow A, Broadley DG. 2018. Integration of nuclear and mitochondrial gene sequences and morphology reveals unexpected diversity in the forest cobra (Naja melanoleuca) species complex in Central and West Africa (Serpentes: Elapidae). Zootaxa. 4455(1):68-98.

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Wuster, Wolfgang ; Chirio, Laurent ; Trape, J.F. ; Ineich, I. ; Jackson, Kate ; Greenbaum, E. ; Barron, C. ; Kusamba, Chifundera ; Nagy, Z.T. ; Storey, Richard ; Hall, Cara ; Wuster, Catharine ; Barlow, Axel ; Broadley, D.G. / Integration of nuclear and mitochondrial gene sequences and morphology reveals unexpected diversity in the forest cobra (Naja melanoleuca) species complex in Central and West Africa (Serpentes: Elapidae). In: Zootaxa. 2018 ; Vol. 4455, No. 1. pp. 68-98.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Integration of nuclear and mitochondrial gene sequences and morphology reveals unexpected diversity in the forest cobra (Naja melanoleuca) species complex in Central and West Africa (Serpentes: Elapidae).

AU - Wuster, Wolfgang

AU - Chirio, Laurent

AU - Trape, J.F.

AU - Ineich, I.

AU - Jackson, Kate

AU - Greenbaum, E.

AU - Barron, C.

AU - Kusamba, Chifundera

AU - Nagy, Z.T.

AU - Storey, Richard

AU - Hall, Cara

AU - Wuster, Catharine

AU - Barlow, Axel

AU - Broadley, D.G.

PY - 2018/8/1

Y1 - 2018/8/1

N2 - Cobras are among the most widely known venomous snakes, and yet their taxonomy remains incompletely understood, particularly in Africa. Here, we use a combination of mitochondrial and nuclear gene sequences and morphological data to diagnose species limits within the African forest cobra, Naja (Boulengerina) melanoleuca. Mitochondrial DNA sequences reveal deep divergences within this taxon. Congruent patterns of variation in mtDNA, nuclear genes and morphology support the recognition of five separate species, confirming the species status of N. subfulva and N. peroescobari, and revealing two previously unnamed West African species, which are described as new: Naja (Boulengerina) guineensis sp. nov. Broadley, Trape, Chirio, Ineich & Wüster, from the Upper Guinea forest of West Africa, and Naja (Boulengerina) savannula sp. nov. Broadley, Trape, Chirio & Wüster, a banded form from the savanna-forest mosaic of the Guinea and Sudanian savannas of West Africa. The discovery of cryptic diversity in this iconic group highlights our limited understanding of tropical African biodiversity, hindering our ability to conserve it effectively

AB - Cobras are among the most widely known venomous snakes, and yet their taxonomy remains incompletely understood, particularly in Africa. Here, we use a combination of mitochondrial and nuclear gene sequences and morphological data to diagnose species limits within the African forest cobra, Naja (Boulengerina) melanoleuca. Mitochondrial DNA sequences reveal deep divergences within this taxon. Congruent patterns of variation in mtDNA, nuclear genes and morphology support the recognition of five separate species, confirming the species status of N. subfulva and N. peroescobari, and revealing two previously unnamed West African species, which are described as new: Naja (Boulengerina) guineensis sp. nov. Broadley, Trape, Chirio, Ineich & Wüster, from the Upper Guinea forest of West Africa, and Naja (Boulengerina) savannula sp. nov. Broadley, Trape, Chirio & Wüster, a banded form from the savanna-forest mosaic of the Guinea and Sudanian savannas of West Africa. The discovery of cryptic diversity in this iconic group highlights our limited understanding of tropical African biodiversity, hindering our ability to conserve it effectively

KW - integrative taxonomy

KW - Africa

KW - Naja

KW - Elapdiae

KW - Systematics

M3 - Article

VL - 4455

SP - 68

EP - 98

JO - Zootaxa

JF - Zootaxa

SN - 1175-5326

IS - 1

ER -