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Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia

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ZAHER, Hussam et al. Phylogenetic relationships of the genus Sibynophis (Serpentes: Colubroidea). Pap. Avulsos Zool. (São Paulo) [online]. 2012, vol.52, n.12, pp.141-149. ISSN 0031-1049.

We present the results of the first molecular analysis of the phylogenetic affinities of the Asian colubroid genus Sibynophis. We recovered a sister-group relationship between Sibynophis and the New World Scaphiodontophis. Although Liophidium sometimes is associated with these genera, the relationship is distant. Morphological characters that Liophidium shares with Sibynophis and Scaphiodontophis are resolved as homoplasies that probably reflect the similarities of their specialized feeding habits. The traditional subfamily Sibynophiinae is elevated to the family-level, and Scaphiodontophiinae is placed in its synonymy.

Keywords : Sibynophiidae; Sibynophis; Scaphiodontophis; Phylogeny.

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