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1 June 2007 A Comparative Morphological Study of the Vertebrae of Snakes Occurring in Japan and Adjacent Regions
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A comparative study was carried out on the vertebral morphology of 54 species and subspecies of snakes from Japan and a few other East and Southeast Asian countries. My purpose was to establish a character table for identification of Cenozoic fossil snake vertebrae frequently found in these regions. A total of 29 taxonomically useful characters were recognized. The validity of the vertebral features previously proposed to diagnose various snake taxa is examined on the basis of the present results.

Tadahiro IKEDA "A Comparative Morphological Study of the Vertebrae of Snakes Occurring in Japan and Adjacent Regions," Current Herpetology 26(1), 13-34, (1 June 2007). https://doi.org/10.3105/1345-5834(2007)26[13:ACMSOT]2.0.CO;2
Accepted: 1 December 2006; Published: 1 June 2007
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