Range extension and extended diagnosis of Lycocon Pictus: First country record from China
Molecular analyses supported the morphological findings: the newly collected specimens were approximately 0.3-0.9% (cyt b) genetically divergent from those of the type series. Molecular analyses also revealed that the holotype of L. pictus, for which no sequences were available so far, showed, based on the results of a formalin protocol, about 0.9-1.3% differentiation from the remaining type series, 0.5% from the new record from Cao Bang and 0.9% from the new record from China. Based on the morphological and molecular findings, we herein present the first country record of L. pictus from China, with a detailed morphological description of the specimen from Nonggang National Nature Reserve and slightly extend the original diagnosis of the species.
The new record of Lycodon pictus (VNMN 011227) from Vietnam in life. Photograph by Tao Thien Nguyen
Source: Helen Yvonne Janssen, Ren Jin-Long, Li Jia-Tang, Wang Zeng, Tao Thien Nguyen, Truong Quang Nguyen, Quynh Thi Thuy Bui, Hanh Thi Ngo, Minh Duc Le & Thomas Ziegler (2019). Range extension and extended diagnosis of Lycodon pictus: First country record from China. Marine Micropaleontology, 146: 1-38.
Source: Nguyen Thien Tao, Vietnam National Museum of Nature, VAST
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