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Taxonomic revision and phylogeny of the genus Apostolepis Cope, 1862 (Serpentes, Dipsadidae, Xenodontinae, Elapomorphini)

Grant number: 15/05047-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2015
Effective date (End): August 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal Investigator:Hussam El Dine Zaher
Grantee:Daniella Pereira Fagundes de França
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:11/50206-9 - Origin and evolution of snakes and their diversification in the Neotropics: a multidisciplinary approach, AP.BTA.TEM


The Elapomorhini Tribe differ widely in their standard of intraspecific body color, which tends to generate frequent taxonomic controversies persist. The Apostolepis genre, is known to have a confusing taxonomic history, which contributes to a lack of definition in phylogenetic relationships within the group. Currently there are 32 species of the genus, distributed in South America east of the Andes. Their phylogenetic affinities have been the subject of unresolved issues, as constants rearrangements nomenclatural over the years, invalidations, revalidation, synonymization and reviews. The great morphological variability, the Apostolepis genus have been described and redescribed, with its position questioned every new job. Currently, it is remarkable The need to combine molecular methods and analysis of morphological characters in search of a broader understanding and integrative in snakes, which seems to be the most appropriate approach given the complexity of the taxonomic Apostolepis genre. In this context, carrying out a comprehensive and detailed study that combines both molecular and morphological aspects, represent an undeniable progress in the understanding of the taxonomic status of the species in the revision of this genus and its phylogenetic relationships. Thus, the present project aims to proceed with the taxonomic revision of nominal taxa the species level of the genus Apostolepis. Test the phylogenetic relationship between these hypotheses taxa in order to better define the natural limits of the studied populations and test the monophyly and positioning phylogenetic analysis of the genus in the tribe Apostolepis Elapomorphini. (AU)

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FRANCA, DANIELLA P. F.; BARBO, FAUSTO E.; SILVA-JUNIOR, NELSON J.; SILVA, HELDER L. R.; ZAHER, HUSSAM. A new species of Apostolepis (Serpentes, Dipsadidae, Elapomorphini) from the Cerrado of Central Brazil. Zootaxa, v. 4521, n. 4, p. 539-552, . (11/50206-9, 15/05047-0)
GUEDES, THAIS B.; BARBO, FAUSTO E.; FRANCA, DANIELLA; ZAHER, HUSSAM. Morphological variation of the rare psammophilous species Apostolepis gaboi (Serpentes, Dipsadidae, Elapomorphini). Zootaxa, v. 4418, n. 5, p. 469-480, . (11/50206-9, 14/18837-7, 15/05047-0, 13/04170-8)
Academic Publications
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FRANÇA, Daniella Pereira Fagundes de. Taxonomic review of the genus Apostolepis Cope, 1862 (Serpentes, Dipsadidae, Xenodontinae, Elapomorphini). 2018. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp). Instituto de Biociências. Rio Claro Rio Claro.

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