Christopher C Austin
Affiliation: Idaho State University
- Parasites in a biodiversity hotspot: a survey of hematozoa and a molecular phylogenetic analysis of Plasmodium in New Guinea skinksChristopher C Austin
Museum of Natural Science, Louisiana State University, 119 Foster Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803, USA
J Parasitol 92:770-7. 2006..and only 2 had any blood parasites. These preliminary results suggest a high degree of phylogenetic diversity but a very low prevalence of Plasmodium spp. infections in the skinks of this globally important biodiversity hot spot...
- Ecological guild evolution and the discovery of the world's smallest vertebrateEric N Rittmeyer
Department of Biological Sciences and Museum of Natural Science, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America
PLoS ONE 7:e29797. 2012..This discovery highlights intriguing ecological similarities among the numerous independent origins of diminutive anurans, suggesting that minute frogs are not mere oddities, but represent a previously unrecognized ecological guild...
- Phylogeny, historical biogeography and body size evolution in Pacific Island Crocodile skinks Tribolonotus (Squamata; Scincidae)Christopher C Austin
Department of Biological Sciences, Museum of Natural Science, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 3216, USA
Mol Phylogenet Evol 57:227-36. 2010..gracilis and T. novaeguineae), best explains the evolution of body size in the genus Tribolonotus...
- The combined effects of rivers and refugia generate extreme cryptic fragmentation within the common ground skink (scincella lateralis)Nathan D Jackson
Museum of Natural Science and Department of Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803, USA
Evolution 64:409-28. 2010..Diversification due to rivers is likely a special case, contingent upon other environmental or biological factors that reinforce riverine barrier effects...
- The effects of sampling on delimiting species from multi-locus sequence dataEric N Rittmeyer
Department of Biological Sciences, Museum of Natural Science, 119 Foster Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA
Mol Phylogenet Evol 65:451-63. 2012..g. SpeDeSTEM, Bayesian species delimitation), and other types of data (e.g. morphological, ecological, behavioral) be incorporated in conjunction with these methods in studies attempting to delimit species...
- Comparative mitochondrial genomics of snakes: extraordinary substitution rate dynamics and functionality of the duplicate control regionZhi J Jiang
Department of Biological Sciences, Biological Computation and Visualization Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA
BMC Evol Biol 7:123. 2007....
- Molecular phylogeny of the scincid lizards of New Caledonia and adjacent areas: evidence for a single origin of the endemic skinks of TasmantisSarah A Smith
Department of Biology, Villanova University, Villanova, PA 19085, USA
Mol Phylogenet Evol 43:1151-66. 2007..4-40.74 million years old. Our results support the hypothesis that skinks colonized Tasmantis by over-water dispersal initially to New Caledonia, then to Lord Howe Island, and finally to New Zealand...
- Phylogenetic analysis of diprotodontian marsupials based on complete mitochondrial genomesMaruo Munemasa
Graduate School of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Kanagawa, Japan
Genes Genet Syst 81:181-91. 2006..Our analysis of mitochondria amino acid sequence supports monophyly of Australian marsupials+Dromiciops and monophyly of Phalangerida. The close relatedness between Macropodidae and Phalangeridae is also weakly supported by our analysis...
- Sauria SINEs: Novel short interspersed retroposable elements that are widespread in reptile genomesOliver Piskurek
Faculty of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Department of Biological Sciences, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta-cho, Yokohama, 226-8501, Japan
J Mol Evol 62:630-44. 2006..This finding, along with the ubiquity of Bov-B LINEs previously demonstrated in squamate genomes, suggests that these LINEs have been an active partner of Sauria SINEs since this SINE family was generated more than 200 million years ago...
- Molecular systematics of primary reptilian lineages and the tuatara mitochondrial genomeJoshua S Rest
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 1079, USA
Mol Phylogenet Evol 29:289-97. 2003..We also report a unique configuration for the mitochondrial genome of Sphenodon, including two tRNA(Lys) copies and an absence of ND5, tRNA(His), and tRNA(Thr) genes...