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Divergent adaptations in resource-use traits explain how pikas thrive on the roof of the world

Anderson Feijo, Deyan Ge, Zhixin Wen, Lin Xia & Qisen Yang
Life in extreme environments is possible through multilevel adaptations to physical and biotic stresses. At high elevations, species face numerous challenges, besides low oxygen levels, but previous studies have focused on genetic and physiological adaptations to chronic hypoxia while overlooking other key strategies for thriving in alpine landscapes. Here, we investigate resource-use trait adaptations to extreme elevations using pikas as a model, lagomorphs distributed up to 6200 metres and reaching maximum diversity on the Qinghai-Tibet...

A chromosome-scale reference genome and genome-wide genetic variations elucidate adaptation in yak

Jin-Cheng Zhong, Qiu-Mei Ji, Jin-Wei Xin, Zhi-Xin Chai, Cheng-Fu Zhang, Yangla Dawa, Sang Luo, Qiang Zhang, Zhandui Pingcuo, Min-Sheng Peng, Yong Zhu, Han-Wen Cao, Hui Wang & Jian-Lin Han
Yak is an important livestock for the people who lived in harsh and oxygen-deprived Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and Hindu-Kush Himalayan Mountains. Although there is a yak genome be sequenced in 2012, the assembly is quite fragmented due to the limitation of Illumina sequencing technology. An accurate and complete reference genome is critical for studying genetic variation of a specie. Long-read sequences are more complete than short-read ones, and they have been successfully used for high-quality genome...

Small mammal species richness and turnover along elevational gradient in Yulong Mountain, Yunnan, Southwest China

Zhongzheng Chen, Xueyou Li, Wenyu Song, Quan Li, Kenneth Onditi, Laxman Khanal & Xuelong Jiang
Understanding the species diversity patterns along elevational gradients is critical for biodiversity conservation in mountainous regions. We examined the elevational patterns of species richness and turnover, and evaluated the effects of spatial and environmental factors on non-volant small mammals (hereafter ‘small mammal’) predicted a priori by alternative hypotheses [Mid-domain effect (MDE), species area relationship (SAR), energy, environmental stability and habitat complexity)] proposed to explain the variation of diversity. We designed a standardized sampling scheme to...

Supplementary material of the article “Elevation patterns and critical environmental drivers of the taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity of small mammals in a karst mountain area”.

Jian Sun, Zhixin Wen, Anderson Feijó, Jilong Cheng, Yanqun Wang, Song Li, Deyan Ge, Lin Xia & Qisen Yang
Understanding how biodiversity components are related under different environmental factors is a fundamental challenge for ecology studies, yet there is little knowledge of this interplay among the biotas, especially small mammals, in karst mountain areas. Here, we examine the elevation patterns of the taxonomic diversity (TD), phylogenetic diversity (PD) and functional diversity (FD) of small mammals in a karst mountain area, the Wuling Mountains, Southwest China, and compare these patterns between taxa (Rodentia and Eulipotyphla)...

A combined approach of mitochondrial DNA and anchored nuclear phylogenomics sheds light on unrecognized diversity, phylogeny, and historical biogeography of the cascade frogs, genus Amolops (Anura: Ranidae)

Yunhe Wu, Fang Yan, Bryan L. Stuart, Elizabeth Prendini, Chatmongkon Suwannapoom, Hollis A. Dahn, Bao-Lin Zhang, Hong-Xia Cai, Yong-Biao Xu, Ke Jiang, Hong-Man Chen, Alan R. Lemmon, Emily Moriarty Lemmon, Christopher J. Raxworthy, Nikolai L. Orlov, Robert W. Murphy & Jing Che
Amolops is one of the most species-rich genera in Ranidae, with 59 recognized species. This genus currently includes six species groups diagnosed mainly by morphology. Several recent molecular studies indicated that the classification of species groups within Amolops remains controversial, and key nodes in the phylogeny have been inadequately resolved. In addition, the diversity of cascade frogs remains poorly understood, especially for those from incompletely sampled regions. Herein, we investigate the species-level diversity within genus...

An integrative phylogenomic approach illuminates the evolutionary history of Old World tree frogs (Anura: Rhacophoridae)

Jinmin Chen, Elizabeth Prendini, Yun-He Wu, Bao-Lin Zhang, Chatmongkon Suwannapoom, Hong-Man Chen, Jie-Qiong Jin, Emily Moriarty Lemmon, Alan R. Lemmon, Bryan L. Stuart, Christopher J. Raxworthy, Robert W. Murphy, Zhi-Yong Yuan & Jing Che
Rhacophoridae is one of the most speciose and ecologically diverse families of amphibians. Resolution of its evolutionary relationships is key to understanding the accumulation of biodiversity, yet previous hypotheses based on Sanger sequencing exhibit much discordance amongst generic relationships. This conflict precludes the making of sound macroevolutionary conclusions. Herein, we conduct the first phylogenomic study using broad-scale sampling and sequences of 352 nuclear DNA loci obtained using anchored hybrid enrichment targeted sequencing. The robust time-calibrated...

Global Diversification Dynamics Since the Jurassic: Low Dispersal and Habitat-Dependent Evolution Explain Hotspots of Diversity and Shell Disparity in River Snails (Viviparidae)

Björn Stelbrink, Romy Richter, Frank Köhler, Frank Riedel, Ellen Strong, Bert Van Bocxlaer, Christian Albrecht, Torsten Hauffe, Timothy Page, David Aldridge, Arthur Bogan, Li-Na Du, Marivene Manuel-Santos, Ristiyanti Marwoto, Alena Shirokaya & Thomas Von Rintelen
The Viviparidae, commonly known as River Snails, is a dominant group of freshwater snails with a nearly worldwide distribution that reaches its highest taxonomic and morphological diversity in Southeast Asia. The rich fossil record is indicative of a probable Middle Jurassic origin on the Laurasian supercontinent where the group started to diversify during the Cretaceous. However, it remains uncertain when and how the biodiversity hotspot in Southeast Asia was formed. Here, we used a comprehensive...

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  • Kunming Institute of Zoology
  • University of Phayao
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Yunnan University
  • Nepal Academy of Science and Technology
  • University of Cambridge
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Institute of Zoology
  • Prirodnjacki Muzej Crne Gore