Minh Le

Minh Le
VNU University of Science | HUST · Environmental Ecology

Ph.D.

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Education
September 1999 - May 2006
Columbia University
Field of study
  • Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology

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Publications (148)
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The current decline in global biodiversity is most evident in amphibians with 41% percent of all species worldwide classified as threatened with extinction. Hence, a major challenge in amphibian conservation is the high number of threatened species, leading to a common approach of identifying priority species and regions for conservation efforts. A...
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A new snake of the genus Achalinus Peters, 1869 is described based on an adult male specimen from Son La Province, Vietnam. Achalinus vanhoensis sp. nov. can be distinguished from its congeners by a combination of the following characters: 1) maxillary teeth 32; 2) suture between the internasals distinctly longer than that between the prefrontals;...
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Convergent morphological specializations for an arboreal lifestyle in most species of the Cyrtodactylus brevipalmatus group have been a confounding factor for establishing a stable taxonomy among its species. Recent references to C. interdigitalis from throughout Thailand and Laos were made without comparisons to the type material from Tham Yai Nam...
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We record Limnonectes fastigatus for the first time from Vietnam based on a new amphibian collection from Chu Mom Ray National Park, Kon Tum province. Morphological characteristics of the specimens from Chu Mom Ray National Park resemble those of the type series from Cambodia. The specimens from Vietnam differ from the type series from Cambodia by...
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Cyrtodactylus is the most diverse genus of the family Gekkonidae and the world's third largest vertebrate ge-nus. The number of species has increased more than fourfold over the last two decades. Indochina, especially Vietnam and Laos, has witnessed a surge in new species discoveries over the last three decades. The species number reported from Lao...
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Nine species of amphibians (Leptobrachella namdongensis, Amolops cremnobatus, Nidirana chapaensis, Odorrana graminea, Odorrana tiannanensis, Chirixalus doriae, Raorchestes parvulus, Rohanixalus vittatus, Paramesotriton deloustali) are reported for the first time from Son La Province, Vietnam. Our findings bring the species number of amphibians know...
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The Cao Vit Gibbon (Nomascus nasutus) is a critically endangered species of gibbon that was historically wide-ranging but is now known to occupy only one forest patch that straddles the China-Vietnam border. While past and current threats to the species include poaching and habitat destruction, the potential effects of global climate change on this...
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Indochina is known as one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, with populations of many endangered and/or endemic species dramatically declining due to a range of threats, such as illegal hunting, habitat destruction, and global climate change. Climate change is expected to alter the region’s habitat and ecosystem conditions, force contraction of...
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Spatially explicit biogeographic models are among the most used methods in conservation biogeography, with correlative species distribution models (SDMs) being the most popular among them. SDMs can identify the potential for species’ and community range shifts under climate change, and thus can inspire, inform, and guide complex and adaptive conser...
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The endangered crocodile lizard, Shinisaurus crocodilurus, is seriously imperiled by anthropogenic threats, including habitat loss and degradation and most critically over-collection for the international pet trade. As a result, population sizes of crocodile lizards have sharply declined throughout their range, with only a small number remaining in...
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A new species of the Gekko (Japonigekko) japonicus group from Khammouane Province, central Laos is described based on morphological characters and molecular evidence. Morphologically, Gekko khunkhamensis sp. nov. can be distinguished from the remaining congeners by a combination of the following characters: size moderate (SVL 69.7–75.2 mm); nares i...
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The first integrative taxonomic analysis of the Cyrtodactylus brevipalmatus group of Southeast Asia recovered two newly discovered populations from the Tenasserim Mountains in Suan Phueng District, Ratchaburi Province, Thailand as a new species described here as C. rukhadeva sp. nov. Based on 1397 base pairs of the mitochondrial gene NADH dehydroge...
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One of the three Critically Endangered and endemic primate species in Viet Nam, Delacour's langur Trachypithecus delacouri , is restricted to the north of the country. The largest remaining population is in Van Long Nature Reserve, Ninh Binh Province, and the second largest is in nearby Kim Bang Protection Forest, Ha Nam Province, with other popula...
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The Southern Yellow-cheeked Gibbon (Nomascus gabriellae) is an endangered species found only in a small region of Indochina, and its populations have declined in most known sites. In this study, we use Maxent, a robust and widely used species distribution modeling approach, to predict the current and future distributions of the Southern Yellow-chee...
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A working group focusing on the conservation of the mugger (Crocodylus palustris) has been established.
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Sampling genetic material from rare and often secretive mammals can be difficult in challenging environments such as tropical rainforests. Large-scale sampling is important however for resolving species' taxonomic uncertainties, as well as to help provide genetic material for reference databases that can be used with DNA forensics to combat the ill...
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We describe a new species of the genus Hemiphyllodactylus on the basis of four specimens from Bidoup - Nui Ba National Park, Da Lat Plateau, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. The new species, Hemiphyllodactylus dalatensis sp. nov., is distinguished from the remaining congeners by a combination of the following characters: a bisexual taxon; maximum SVL of...
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We describe a new subspecies of Finlayson’s squirrel ( Callosciurus finlaysonii ) from Hon Nghe Island in the Gulf of Thailand. This island is located off the coast of southern Vietnam. In addition, we discussed the phylogenetic relationships among C. finlaysonii subspecies distributed on the isolated islands in the Gulf of Thailand. The new subspe...
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Leptobrachella petrops (Rowley, Dau, Hoang, Le, Cutajar et Nguyen, 2017) was recently described from northern Vietnam. The tadpoles of this endemic species were collected for the first time from its type locality in Cham Chu Nature Reserve, Tuyen Quang Province. Taxonomic identification was based on a fragment of 16S rRNA gene of the newly collecte...
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A new species of the Cyrtodactylus irregularis group is described from Ninh Thuan Province, southern Vietnam based on molecular divergence and morphological differences. Cyrtodactylus orlovi sp. nov. is distinguished from the remaining Indochinese bent-toed geckos by having the unique combination of the following characters: size medium (SVL 61.0–7...
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The genus Goniurosaurus (tiger geckos) currently consists of 23 species distributed in China, Japan and Vietnam. Several species complexes and recent discoveries of cryptic species pose challenges to the species identification, which is crucial to effectively implement the recent listing of the species from China and Vietnam in CITES Appendix II an...
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Maximum likelihood (ML) and Bayesian inference (BI) analyses using two mitochondrial (16S and cyt b ) and two nuclear (CMOS and RAG1) genes and 103 specimens recovered the first phylogenies of all 23 extant species of Goniurosaurus . The analyses strongly supported the recognition of four monophyletic species groups with identical inter-specific re...
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A new species of the genus Cyrtodactylus is described from Dien Bien Province, northwestern Vietnam based on morphological and molecular data. Cyrtodactylus ngati sp. nov. can be distinguished from remaining congeners by the following combination of characters: maximum SVL 69.3 mm; dorsal pattern consisting of six dark irregular transverse bands be...
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Karstic landscapes are immense reservoirs of biodiversity and range-restricted endemism. Nowhere is this more evident than in the world’s third-largest vertebrate genus Cyrtodactylus (Gekkonidae) which contains well over 300 species. A stochastic character mapping analysis of 10 different habitat preferences across a phylogeny containing 345 descri...
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A new species of the gekkonid genus Dixonius is described from Huaysorn-Huaysua Village, Nasaithong District, Vientiane Capital, Laos. The new species can be distinguished from all other species by a combination of the following characters: maximum SVL 47.1 mm; 19-21 longitudinal rows of dorsal tubercles at midbody; 23-26 longitudinal rows of ventr...
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The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which in humans leads to the disease COVID-19, has caused global disruption and more than 2 million fatalities since it first emerged in late 2019. As we write, infection rates are at their highest point globally and are rising extremely rapidly in some areas due to more infectious variants. The primary target of S...
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The gekkonid genus Cyrtodactylus is the third most speciose vertebrate genus in the world, containing well over 300 species that collectively range from South Asia to Melanesia across some of the most diverse landscapes and imperiled habitats on the planet. A genus-wide phylogeny of the group has never been presented because researchers working on...
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We provide a checklist of 45 species of amphibians from Lai Chau Province, northwestern Vietnam. Thirteen of species are recorded for the first time from Lai Chau Province; these include four species of Dicroglossidae, four species of Megophryidae, three species of Ranidae, and two species of Rhacophoridae. We also provide descriptions of the newly...
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Information on geographic patterns of species genetic diversity is often needed to inform conservation strategies. Obtaining data over large geographic areas can be difficult, especially for rare or elusive species. Here, we explore the use of invertebrate-derived DNA (iDNA) obtained from terrestrial leeches to assess genetic diversity of the Annam...
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Vietnam has a high diversity of muntjac species, but relatively little is known about their ecology and population status. Obtaining this information is important for conservation because all ground-dwelling mammals have declined from historic levels because of intensive snaring across Vietnam. In this study, we employed camera-trapping in a relati...
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We determined species diversity, seasonal reproduction, and echolocation patterns in the bat community of Bidoup Nui Ba National Park (BNBNP), Lam Dong Province, on the Dalat Plateau of the Central Highlands of Vietnam. We documented 27 species with 211 individuals captured in 26 994 m2 mist-net-hours and 3015 m2 harp-trap-hours of effort. We found...
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We describe a new species of Cyrtodactylus on the basis of two specimens collected from Ta Kou Nature Reserve, Binh Thuan Province, southern Vietnam. Cyrtodactylus chungi sp. nov. is distinguished from the remaining Indochinese bent-toed geckos by a combination of the following characters: relatively small body size (SVL up to 68.5 mm); a continuou...
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Ecological niche models (ENMs) can project changes in species’ distributions under climate change and thus inform conservation efforts and further our understanding of patterns of change. Predictions of species’ distribution shifts under climate change in topographically and geologically complex landscapes, such as karst landforms, should be improv...
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A new species of Limnonectes from Phu Yen Province, South-central Vietnam is described based on morphological and molecular differences. Morphologically, the new species is distinguishable from its congeners on the basis of a combination of the following diagnostic characters: SVL 49.8-77.9 mm in males, 40.8-61.8 mm in females; males with moderatel...
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Field surveys of mammals in two protected areas of the northeastern limestone region of Vietnam, the Cham Chu (Tuyen Quang Province) and Bac Me (Ha Giang Province) Nature Reserves were conducted in 2018 and 2019. Thirty-five species of small mammals were recorded based both on field observations and on morphological and/or molecular evidence, as fo...
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Understanding the processes that underpin adaptive evolutionary shifts within major taxonomic groups has long been a research directive among many evolutionary biologists. Such phenomena are best studied in large monophyletic groups that occupy a broad range of habitats where repeated exposure to novel ecological opportunities has happened independ...
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We describe a new snake of the genus Achalinus based on an adult female specimen from Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam. Achalinus tranganensis sp. nov. is differentiated from its congeners genetically and by a unique combination of the following characters: 1) maxillary teeth 29; 2) suture between the internasals distinctly longer than that between the...
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The Painted Wolf Snake, Lycodon pictus, was recently described based on the type series from Trung Khanh and Ha Lang districts in Cao Bang Province, northern Vietnam. Herein, we report new findings and a range extension of the recently described species. One individual was collected close by the type locality, in Ha Lang District, Cao Bang Province...
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Wildlife trade has been considered one of the largest threats to biodiversity in Southeast Asia. Many vertebrates , such as pangolins, elephants and turtles have been heavily hunted as a result of high demand from emerging markets in China and other countries in the region. In Vietnam, over-exploitation of turtles over several decades to supply the...
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Wildlife is one of the most important food resources in rural areas and popular among all social layers of Lao PDR. Numerous vertebrate species are sold at the local markets, but a comprehensive understanding of people's involvement and their impact on survival of local populations remains insufficient. This study provides the first interdisciplina...
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Two new Cyrtodactylus species are described from Houaphan and Luang Prabang provinces in Laos based on morphological and molecular data. Cyrtodactylus houaphanensis sp. nov. differs from all other Cyrtodactylus in the C. wayakonei species group by at least 3.3 % genetic divergence in the COI gene and can be diagnosed in morphology as follows: SVL 7...
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A new species of the gekkonid genus Hemiphyllodactylus is described from limestone karst forest of Tuyen Quang Province, northern Vietnam based on morphological differences and molecular divergence. Hemiphyllodactylus nahangensis sp. nov. is distinguished from the remaining congeners by having the unique combination of the following characters: a b...
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The endangered crocodile lizard (Shinisaurus crocodilurus) is a reptile species regularly kept in zoos and private collections across Europe, Japan, the United States and other countries. This species had long been thought to represent a single conservation unit, but a recent study show that the population from Vietnam is morphologically, ecologica...
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Turtles and tortoises (chelonians) have been integral components of global ecosystems for about 220 million years and have played important roles in human culture for at least 400,000 years. The chelonian shell is a remarkable evolutionary adaptation, facilitating success in terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Today, more than half of th...
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We describe two new species of the genus Hemiphyllodactylus on the basis of a new collection of geckos from limestone karst forest of Hoa Binh Province, northwestern Vietnam. Hemiphyllodactylus bonkowskii sp. nov. from Hang Kia—Pa Co Nature Reserve and Hemiphyllodactylus ngocsonensis sp. nov. from Ngoc Son—Ngo Luong Nature Reserve can be distinguis...
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We describe a new species of Cyrtodactylus on the basis of four specimens collected from Phu My, Binh Dinh Province, southern Vietnam. Cyrtodactylus phumyensis sp. nov. is distinguished from the remaining Indochinese bent-toed geckos by a combination of the following characters: size small (SVL up to 66.8 mm); two internasals; dorsal tubercle rows...
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The Tylototriton asperrimus complex from northern Vietnam is reviewed based on morphological comparisons and analysis of the mitochondrial marker NADH dehydrogenase subunit 2 (ND2). Based on molecular divergences, which were revealed to be higher than in other congeners, in concert with morphological differences, two new species and one subspecies...
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Camera trapping has been demonstrated to be an effective tool in surveying a suite of species, especially elusive mammals in rough terrains. The method has become increasingly common in primate surveys for both ground-dwelling and arboreal taxa in many tropical regions of the world. However, camera trapping has rarely been used to inventory primate...
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We record two species of amphibians for the first time from Vietnam: Bufo luchunnicus from Lao Cai and Son La provinces and Amolops wenshanensis from Quang Ninh Province. Morphologically, the Vietnamese representatives of B. luchunnicus resemble the type series from China. The specimen of A. wenshanensis from Vietnam slightly differs from the type...
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A new species of Dixonius is described on the basis of three specimens from the karst forests around Thakhek town, Khammouane Province, Laos. The new species from Laos can be distinguished from other species of Dixonius based on molecular and morphological divergences. It is characterized by a maximum SVL of 55.4 mm; 20-23 longitudinal rows of dors...
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new species of Dixonius is described on the basis of three specimens from the karst forests around Thakhek town, Khammouane Province, Laos. The new species from Laos can be distinguished from other species of Dixonius based on molecular and morphological divergences. It is characterized by a maximum SVL of 55.4 mm; 20–23 longitudinal rows of dorsal...
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Aim Unsustainable hunting is leading to widespread defaunation across the tropics. To mitigate against this threat with limited conservation resources, stakeholders must make decisions on where to focus anti‐poaching activities. Identifying priority areas in a robust way allows decision‐makers to target areas of conservation importance, therefore m...
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The taxonomic status of the previous record of Opisthotropis maculosa Stuart & Chuaynkern, 2007 from Guangdong and Guangxi, southern China, is revised based on the comparison of morphological and molecular data collected from the Chinese specimens and the holotype of O. maculosa from Thailand and O. haihaensis Ziegler, Pham, Nguyen, Nguyen, Wang, W...
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A new species of the genus Cyrtodactylus from Vientiane Province, northern Laos is described based on morphological and molecular data. Cyrtodactylus muangfuangensis sp. nov. can be distinguished from remaining congeners by the following combination of characters: maximum SVL 83.9 mm; dorsal pattern consisting of dark nuchal loop, nape band and fiv...
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Field surveys in the Song Thanh and Saola Quang Nam Nature Reserves (Quang Nam Province , central Vietnam) were conducted in 2018 and 2019. In total, 197 individuals of small mammals were captured and studied in the field or collected as voucher specimens. Based on these data, an updated checklist of small mammals of Quang Nam Province is provided....
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Aim Unsustainable hunting is leading to widespread defaunation across the tropics. To mitigate against this threat with limited conservation resources, stakeholders must make decisions on where to focus anti-poaching activities. Identifying priority areas in a robust way allows decision-makers to target areas of conservation importance, therefore m...
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The Red-shanked Douc (Pygathrix nemaeus) is the only douc species recorded in all three countries of Indochina. It is classified as Endangered by IUCN, and is believed to have experienced a major drop of more than 50% of its population over the last 40 years. The known distribution of main P. nemaeus populations in Vietnam ranges from Pu Mat Nation...
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A new species of the genus Lycodon is described from Cao Bang Province, Vietnam, based on three individuals with distinct differences in morphology and molecular data. The new species is differentiated from its congeners by a combination of the following characters: dorsal scales in 17-17-15 rows, smooth throughout; supralabials usually eight (rare...