Morphological and genetic verification of Ovophis tonkinensis (Bourret, 1934) in Hong Kong

Jonathan FONG, Alex GRIONI, Paul CROW, Ka Shing CHEUNG

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Abstract

Geographically, Hong Kong lies in the putative ranges of two Ovophis species—O. makazayazaya (Gunther, 1864) (Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces, Taiwan, and northern Vietnam) and O. tonkinensis (Bourret, 1934) (Guangxi, Guangdong, and Hainan Provinces, and northern Vietnam). It is unclear which Ovophis species is/are present. Previous studies identified O. tonkinensis using morphology, but no study has included morphological and molecular data of the same specimens. In this study, we use molecular (four mitocondrial DNA loci) and morphological data of two specimens to verify the presence of O. tonkinensis in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-461
Number of pages5
JournalHerpetology Notes
Volume10
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017

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Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • Ovophis tonkinensis
  • Ovophis makazayazaya
  • reptile
  • snake

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FONG, Jonathan ; GRIONI, Alex ; CROW, Paul ; CHEUNG, Ka Shing. / Morphological and genetic verification of Ovophis tonkinensis (Bourret, 1934) in Hong Kong. In: Herpetology Notes. 2017 ; Vol. 10, No. 1. pp. 457-461.
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Morphological and genetic verification of Ovophis tonkinensis (Bourret, 1934) in Hong Kong. / FONG, Jonathan; GRIONI, Alex; CROW, Paul; CHEUNG, Ka Shing.

In: Herpetology Notes, Vol. 10, No. 1, 09.2017, p. 457-461.

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

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