Origin and identity of <i>Fejervarya</i> (Anura: Dicroglossidae) on Guam

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Elijah Wostl, Eric N. Smith, and Robert Reed

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Elijah Wostl, Eric N. Smith, and Robert Reed, 2016, Origin and identity of <i>Fejervarya</i> (Anura: Dicroglossidae) on Guam: Pacific Science, v. 70, iss. 2. DOI: 10.2984/70.2.9

We used morphological and molecular data to infer the identity and origin of frogs in the genus Fejervarya that have been introduced to the island of Guam. Mensural and meristic data were collected from 96 specimens from throughout their range on the island and a principal component analysis was used to investigate the distribution of these data in morphological space. We also amplified a fragment of the 16S ribosomal ribonucleic acid mitochondrial gene from 27 of these specimens and compared it to 63 published sequences of Fejervarya and the morphologically similar Zakerana. All examined Fejervarya from Guam are morphologically indistinguishable and share an identical haplotype. The molecular data identify them as Fejervarya cancrivora with a haplotype identical to F. cancrivora from Taiwan.

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