Notes on Hybridization in Leaf frogs of the Genus Agalychnis (Anura, Hylidae, Phyllomedusinae)

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Notes on Hybridization in Leaf frogs of the Genus Agalychnis (Anura, Hylidae, Phyllomedusinae)
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2011
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Cornell University arXiv:1102.4039v1
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English
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http://arxiv.org/pdf/1102.4039v1.pdf
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Two species of Endangered Leaf-frogs, Agalychnis moreletii and Agalychnis annae, belonging to the tree frog Subfamily Phyllomedusinae, Genus Agalychnis, were hybridized for the first time whilst being maintained in captivity. Previous to this, these allopatric Central American species were considered as being distinctly separate. Crossbreeding following genetic analysis reveals that the two species are extremely closely related, and the hybrid of A. moreletii and A. annae is presented for the first time. The importance of identifying degrees of genetic variation between species and different populations of the same species, for conservation purposes, is highlighted and discussed.

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