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Systematik der Blindschlangen

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Titel des Projekts: 
Vergleichende Osteologie und phylogenetische Systematik von Blindschlangen aus der Familie Leptotyphlopidae (Squamata: Serpentes: Scolecophidia)
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Forschungsobjekt(e): 
Schlangen, Blindschlangen, Leptotyphlopidae, Scolecophidia

Beschreibung

Although blindsnakes include many superlatives, such as the world’s smallest and most widespread living snake species they have largely been neglected in vertebrate research. Nonetheless, they tell a very interesting evolutionary story and – being of Gondwana origin - their relationships track plate tectonics better than those of any other vertebrate group.

With the help of micro-computer-tomography (µCT) and geometric morphometric analyses we aim to understand the evolution of several morphological characters (e.g. skull, cervical vertebrae, pelvic girdle). This in combination with other external morphological characters and a large phylogenetic sampling of DNA sequences may help us to fill knowledge gaps and shed light into the phylogeny, distributional ranges, and intraspecific variation of this very complicated vertebrate group. Monophyly of the genera and species will be tested and if advisable, new genera and species will be described and identification keys will be provided to facilitate and promote further research on this group.

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