Molecular phylogenetics of sub-Saharan African natricine snakes, and the biogeographic origins of the Seychelles endemic Lycognathophis seychellensis

Phylogenetic relationships of sub-Saharan African natricine snakes are understudied and poorly understood, which in flip has precluded analyses of the historic biogeography of the Seychelles endemic Lycognathophis seychellensis. We inferred the phylogenetic relationships of Seychelles and mainland sub-Saharan natricines by analysing a multilocus DNA sequence dataset for 3 mitochondrial (mt) and 4 nuclear (nu) genes.

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