Journal article

Origin of the eastern brownsnake, Pseudonaja textilis (Dumeril, Bibron and Dumeril) (Serpentes : Elapidae : Hydrophiinae) in New Guinea: evidence of multiple dispersals from Australia, and comments on the status of Pseudonaja textilis pughi Hoser 2003

David J Williams, Mark O'Shea, Roland L Daguerre, Catharine E Pook, Wolfgang Wuester, Christopher J Hayden, John D Mcvay, Owen Paiva, Teatulohi Matainaho, Kenneth D Winkel, Christopher C Austin

ZOOTAXA | MAGNOLIA PRESS | Published : 2008

Abstract

Pseudonaja textilis is a widespread and common snake in eastern parts of Australia, but its distribution in New Guinea is poorly understood, and the origin of the New Guinea populations and its timing have been the subject of much speculation. Phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial DNA sequences from three New Guinea populations of P. textilis indicates that New Guinea was colonised from two independent eastern and western migration routes most likely in the Pleistocene. One dispersal event from northern Queensland led to the populations in eastern New Guinea (Milne Bay, Oro and Central Provinces, Papua New Guinea), whereas another, from Arnhem Land to central southern New Guinea, led to the..

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