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R. P. Brown, T. Tejangkura, E. H. El Mouden, M. A. Ait Baamrane and M. Znari Species delimitation and digit number in a North African skink Ecology and Evolution 2

Version of Record online: 24 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.326

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Geographic variation in morphology and sequences from three loci were studied in the Moroccan skink, Chalcides mionecton. Bayesian analyses of population structure showed that five-digit individuals from southern Morocco formed one genetic cluster, while northern four- and five-digit individuals clustered together. There was strong statistical support for delimitation of C. mionecton into northern and southern species which appear to have diverged 0.46–2.66 mya.

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