Naifa Liu's research while affiliated with Lanzhou University and other places

Publications (47)

Article
Full-text available
Abstract The Qinghai–Tibet Plateau (QTP) plays an important role in avian diversification. To reveal the relationship between the QTP uplift and avian diversification since the Late Cenozoic, here, we analyzed the phylogenetic relationship and biogeographical pattern of the genus Tetraogallus (Galliformes, Phasianidae) and the probable factors of s...
Article
Full-text available
Background: Geological events and climatic changes played important roles in shaping population differentiation and distribution within species. In China, populations in many species have contracted and expanded responding to environmental changes with the uplift of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP) and glacial cycles during Pleistocene. In this stu...
Article
Full-text available
Phrynocephalus guinanensis has sexual dimorphism in abdominal coloration, but its ontogenetic development of sexual size dimorphism (SSD) is unknown. Using mark-recapture data during four days each year from August from 2014 to 2016, we investigated the development of sex ratios, SSD, sex-specific survivorship and growth rates in a population of P....
Article
Full-text available
The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP) represents one of the earth’s most significant physical features and there is increasing interest in the historical generation of biodiversity within this region. We hypothesized that there should be clear geographically coherent genetic structuring within one of the world’s highest altitude lizards, Phrynocephalus...
Article
The mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) control region of two hundreds and thirty-six common pheasants (belonging to fourteen subspecies collected at twenty-eight localities) was used to investigate the subspecies status of Phasianus colchicus. Eighty-nine variable sites defined one hundred and thirty-nine haplotypes. Phylogenetic analysis of haplotypes reve...
Article
Full-text available
Background In birds, the trade-off between the quality and number of nestlings is one of the most important theories of the evolution of life history of birds, which is closely related with climate. We investigated variation in egg and clutch size of the Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) on the northeastern edge of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau i...
Article
The Rusty-necklaced partridge (Alectoris magna) and the Chukar partridge (Alectoris chukar) are the most common gamebirds in northern China. Previous comparisons of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) have revealed an introgression phenomenon between two species of partridge in the Liupan Mountain region of China. mtDNA is maternally inherited, making it dif...
Article
We reported here the first complete sequences of mitogenome of Tetraogallus himalayensis obtained by next generation sequencing methods. The assembled mitogenome is a 16 692 bp circle, comprising of 13 protein-coding genes, two rRNA genes (12S rRNA and 16S rRNA), 22 tRNA genes, and one control region. The resultant phylogenetic tree supported T. hi...
Article
We conducted a comparative phylogeographic analysis of three rodent species (Meriones meridianus, Dipus sagitta, and Allactaga sibirica) on the northeast margin of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, Qaidam Basin, the Hexi Corridor and Tengger-Badain Jaran Desert based on sequences of the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene of 264 individuals from 22 sampling...
Article
Full-text available
Most of the temperate species are expected to have moved to lower altitudes during the glacial periods of the Quaternary. Here we tested this hypothesis in a cold-tolerant avian species Tibetan snowcock (Tetraogallus tibetanus) using two segments of mitochondrial gene (a 705bp Cytochrome-b; abbrev. Cyt-b and an 854 bp Control Region; abbrev. CR) an...
Article
Elevation and related environmental factors is a main factor for life-history variation in ectothermic species. To test if altitude can explain variation in life-history traits in the toad-headed lizard Phrynocephalus vlangalii, we sampled gravid females from three localities (Delingha: elevation 2910m, Daotanghe: 3367m; Maduo: 4257m) and measured...
Article
Full-text available
From 2004 to 2012, we conducted a long-term series of surveys of birds in 16 areas in the largely limestone area of south-west Guangxi, south China. A total of 304 bird species (192 resident, 44 summer visitors, 62 winter visitors and 6 passage migrants) were recorded, including seven globally threatened birds and 40 Chinese National Key Protected...
Article
Full-text available
To test the validity of subspecies status within the common pheasant (Phasianus colchicus), we used genetic data to assess differences among five subspecies distributed across the Loess Plateau in central China. Samples were collected from 191 individuals representing subspecies P. c. strauchi, P. c. satscheuensis, P. c. kiangsuensis, P. c. suehsch...
Article
Full-text available
We present the first breeding records of Nonggang Babbler (Stachyris nonggangensis), a newly described bird species found in the limestone area of southwestern Guangxi, in southern China in 2008. The records presented here include information on behavior, nest, egg, incubation, and reproductive success rate. We discovered six nests (including three...
Article
Full-text available
Pleistocene climate fluctuations have shaped the patterns of genetic diversity observed in extant species. Although the effects of recent glacial cycles on genetic diversity have been well studied on species in Europe and North America, genetic legacy of species in the Pleistocene in north and northwest of China where glaciations was not synchronou...
Article
Full-text available
The size of body parts in animals is influenced by environmental factors. Relative to other rodents, those of the subfamily Gerbillinae (gerbils) are characterized by greatly enlarged auditory (tympanic) bullae. To understand the effects of altitude on the size of auditory bullae in the midday gerbil (Meriones meridianus Pallas, 1773), 339 adults w...
Article
Data from eight microsatellite loci were used to assess the evolutionary demographic processes of Daurian Partridges from 285 individuals distributed among 23 populations throughout much of the species' distribution range in China. Phylogenetic analysis using microsatellite DNA data indicated that the species were geographically structured and were...
Conference Paper
Full-text available
The part of mtDNA cytb gene sequences were analyzed in 11 Himalayan snowcock local populations sampled across their distributions to detect the correlations between genetic diversities and environmental factors. The genetic variables including percentages of variable nucleotide sites/length of sequence, mean pairwise differences and nucleotide dive...
Article
Full-text available
Himalayan snowcock Tetraogallus himalayensis are distributed in alpine and subalpine areas in China. We used mitochondrial DNA control-region data to investigate the origin and past demographic change in sixty-seven Himalayan snowcock T. himalayensis. The fragments of 1155 nucleotides from the control region of mitochondrial DNA were sequenced, and...
Article
We measured and analyzed the organ masses of midday gerbils (Meriones meridianus Pallas, 1773) to test whether organ masses would respond to the variation in environmental factors. The results showed that organ masses (as expressed in log of organ dry mass) of midday gerbils changed significantly in different environmental gradients. Altitude was t...
Article
Chinese bamboo partridge (Bambusicola thoracica thoracica), an endemic subspecies of south China, distributes in mountainous areas that were affected by climate changes throughout the Pleistocene. We investigated the potential impact of cyclical Pleistocene climate changes on phylogeographic patterns using 1140 nucleotides of mitochondrial DNA (mtD...
Article
Tetraophasis (Galliformes; Phasianidae) includes T. obscurus and T. szechenyii, which are endemic and distributed in the west and central parts of China. The phylogenetic status of Tetraophasis in the Phasianidae and the divergence of the two species are still controversial. We performed a phylogenetic study using DNA sequences of 828bp of the mito...
Article
The taxonomic status of some genera within the Phasianidae remains controversial. To demonstrate the phylogenetic relationships of four endemic genera (Tetraophasis, Ithaginis, Crossoptilon and Chrysolophus) and other 11 genera of Phasianidae in China, a total of 1070 nucleotides of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) control-region genes were sequenced. The...
Article
Full-text available
The role of Pleistocene glacial oscillations in current biodiversity and distribution patterns varies with latitude, physical topology and population life history and has long been a topic of discussion. However, there had been little phylogeographical research in south China, where the geophysical complexity is associated with great biodiversity....
Article
The ring-necked pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) are widely distributed in China. We used mitochondrial DNA control-region data to investigate the origin and past demographic changes in 139 ring-necked pheasants (P. colchicus) sampled from the species' distribution range. A total of 1078 nucleotides from the control region of mitochondrial DNA were...
Article
Full-text available
Data from eight microsatellite loci were used to infer the evolutionary and past demographic processes in 97 Tibetan snowcocks sampled from eight different geographical locations on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Analysis of the microsatellite DNA markers indicated that Tibetan snowcock on the plateau were geographically structured, and that phylogen...
Article
Full-text available
Introgressive hybridization is a common feature of the contact zone between divergent partridges of the genus Alec-toris. The rusty-necklaced partridge (Alectoris magna) is paralleled with the chukar partridge (A. chukar) along the Liupan Moun-tain in northwestern China, and hybridization between the two species has been detected in the contact zon...
Article
The taxonomic status of the subspecies Alectoris chukar remains unclear since 1830. To obtain more information on phylogenetic relationships within the species, the entire mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) control-region sequences of eleven subspecies were analyzed to construct the phylogenetic tree among the subspecies of chukar partridge. There was a sig...
Article
The habitat selection of Tibetan Snow Cocks in shrub vegetation was investigated in Lhasa, Tibet, China, between March and April, 2005. Fourteen parameters were measured. These include altitude, slope, slope aspect, slope position, vegetation cover, plant type and other environmental parameters. Results show that Snow Cocks favor foraging in areas...
Article
Full-text available
We compared diets of little owls (Athene noctua) and long-eared owls (Asio otus) in the Minqin Desert in northwestern China. Based on prey numbers, little owls fed mainly on mammals (51.0%) and beetles (46.9%), whereas long-eared owl fed almost exclusively on mammals (96.4%). Based on biomass, both species fed mainly on mammals. Mus musculus, Crice...
Article
Recent fieldwork allows a revision of the loaches of the genus Triplophysa inhabiting the Tarim Basin in Xinjiang, China. Eleven species were previously recorded. T. stewarti is a new record. Triplophysa papilloso-labiatus should be regarded as a valid species name. Triplophysa laterimaculata sp. n. was collected from the Kezile River, a tributary...
Article
Recent fieldwork allows a revision of the loaches of the genus Triplophysa inhabiting the Tarim Basin in Xinjiang, China. Eleven species were previously recorded. T. stewarti is a new record. Triplophysa papilloso-labiatus should be regarded as a valid species name. Triplophysa laterimaculata sp. n. was collected from the Kezile River, a tributary...
Article
We examined elevational and environmental aspects of body size variation in the Qinghai toad-headed lizard, Phrynocephalus vlangalii, using principal component analysis (PCA) of 9 morphological traits taken from 565 lizards from 17 pop-ulations. The first principal component (PC1) accounted for 67% of the size variation in males and 62% in females....
Article
Rusty-necklaced partridges (Alectoris magna) are found in Qinghai, Ningxia and Gansu provinces of northwestern China, distributed in mountainous areas that were heavily affected by cyclical climate changes throughout the Pleistocene. We investigated the potential impact of Pleistocene range shifts on phylogeographic patterns using 458 nucleotides o...
Article
Field studies of both genetic variability and natural selection have been central to ecological genetics. There have been a lot of studies on gene (or genotype) and environmental interaction, and we all know that environmental factors are very important to maintaining genetic variability. We do not discover the concrete mechanism by which environme...
Article
Full-text available
Clutch size, the important parameters of bird reproduction, directly influences bird reproductive result. The difference of interspecific or/and intraspecific clutch size has been widely applied to explain life history evolution. In order to know the factors limiting clutch size of pheasants on island and examine Ashmole’s hypothesis and Cody’s hyp...
Article
In this paper, we have analyzed the nuclear DNA of Alectoris magna samples, collected from the Longzhong Loess Plateau. We used allelic variation at eight microsatellite markers to describe the genetic structure of A. magna populations. The primary goal of this study was to examine the population genetic structure and determine the extent of popula...
Article
Full-text available
Although it has long been presumed that peripheral populations tend to exhibit low genetic diversity because of isolation and genetic drift, results of empirical investigation remain ambiguous. Some chukar partridge (Alectoris chukar) populations have expanded their ranges, resulting in several peripheral populations, due to recent deforestation by...
Article
This study used polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and dideoxy direct sequencing methods to analyze the genetic structure of the chukar partridge (Alectoris chukar) in the Longdong Loess Plateau, northwestern China. A total of 491 nucleotides of mitochondrial DNA from the control region gene were sequenced for 78 chukar partridges from eight different...
Article
A total of 61 pangolin(Manis pentadactyla) burrows at Dawuling Natural Reserve were recorded and measured from June 2000 to May 2001, and 40 of them were dissected. The results indicated that all the burrows were blind without branch. The long diameter of entrance was 14.20 +/- 2.79 cm(n = 61), and the short one was 12.50 +/- 2.83 cm(n = 61). These...

Citations

... We highlighted the Pliocene and Pleistocene as the periods of active radiations, resulting in the simultaneous expansion of crown clades in both southern-and northeastern-originated lineages (Table 1; Fig. 3). Similarly, the extensive uplift of the QTP, drastic climatic variations such as the Quaternary climatic oscillations (Othman et al. 2022), sea level fluctuations (Borzée et al. 2017), and the development of the East Asian monsoon system impacted the dry seasons (Yuan et al. 2015), which have led to speciation, population dispersals and fragmentation of many animal taxa in the region (Cheng et al. 2017;Ding et al. 2020). ...
... It is widely believed that the range of a large proportion of alpine species contracted under glacial oscillations, and that this phenomenon accelerated the process of genetic divergence. This premise has been documented in many species of plants [16,19,39,48,49] and animals [50][51][52]. Two bioclimate factors, 'precipitation' and 'temperature', were greatly reduced during the LGM [53], and have been identified as the major factors determining suitable distribution ranges for N. tangutorum (Supplementary Table S4). ...
... The central black abdomen existing only in high altitude populations of P. theobaldi was discovered by Jin and Liao (2015), and their subsequent study further confirms that this trait is associated with thermoregulation in cold regions . Sexual color dimorphism was reported in P. guinanensis (Ji, Wang, & Wang, 2009;Zhang, Tong, Wo, Liu, & Jin, 2018). ...
... Our results highlight the role of mountains in impeding gene flow among different populations (Fig. 3a), especially for the populations in the Loess Plateau and the eastern edge of the QTP. Moreover, substantial evidence has supported that the uplift of the QTP has driven genetic divergence in vertebrates (Cao et al. 2012, Jin et al. 2017, Ding and Liao 2019, Ding et al. 2020). Thus, we infer that the environment and landscape resistance acted in concert, promoting intraspecific differentiation. ...
... Although several studies have investigated the genetic diversity, population structure and demographic history of the common pheasant across its native range in Asia 30,31,[43][44][45] , there is a great lack of this kind of information on the populations introduced into Europe. This study provides the first detailed genetic assessment of common pheasants in their introduced European range, particularly in the contact zone of Central and Southeast Europe (Hungary and Serbia), and the results are essential information for the development of effective conservation and management strategies. ...
... We found a positive relationship between egg volume and clutch size among different populations of little bitterns in line with some earlier research conducted on other species (Coulson 1963;Ojanen et al. 1979;Hõrak et al. 1995). In contrast, many previous studies have provided evidence that egg size and clutch size are inversely correlated (Greig-Smith et al. 1988;Blackburn 1991;Song et al. 2016), which was explained by a trade-off between these traits (Smith & Fretwell 1974). Another hypothesis was proposed by Martin (2008), who argued that laying larger eggs in cooler climates may reflect a compensation for the increased energetic requirements of embryos. ...
... The importance of using codominant markers in conjunction with morphometric traits in identifying interspecific hybridization events and gene flow between native and exotic birds is highlighted by our findings. However, the possibility of Bayesian statistical analyses of multilocus genotypes, particularly when a limited number of markers is used, is difficult to define, especially when hybrid samples or admixed populations are used (Chen et al., 2016). Although no evidence of two subspecies (P. ...
... Rodents are the most diverse living mammals, colonising a vast array of habitats (Wilson et al. 2016(Wilson et al. , 2017, with environments but also with open micro-habitats (Kotler, 1984) and high elevation (Zhao et al. 2013;Tabatabaei-Yazdi et al. 2015). This hypertrophy is said to improve lowfrequency hearing, which is hypothesised to help in both prey localisation and predator avoidance (Lay, 1972), and interspecific communication (e.g. ...
... To date, previous studies of the effect of environmental factors on the genetic diversity reported that geographic variation of genetic diversity was associated with environmental factors such as latitude and longitude, altitude, temperature, precipitation and wind speed in blooming period Zhao et al., 2006;Huang et al., 2007;Yang et al., 2008;Qu et al., 2012;Zhou et al., 2012). However, different study had different views, for example, the genetic diversity of Cordyceps sinenesis was positively correlated with latitude (Chen et al., 1997), while the genetic diversity of Camellia japeniea was correlated to longitude and was not affected by latitude (Li et al., 1996). ...
... The specimens examined in the present study were deposited in a collection of the School of Life Sciences, Southwest (Turdakov, 1955), Triplophysa ulacholica (Anikin, 1905 and Triplophysa coniptera (Turdakov, 1954) are cited from Turdakov (1963); Triplophysa sewerzowi (Nikolskii, 1938) from Mitrofanov (1989); Triplophysa dorsonotatus (Kessler, 1879) from Kessler (1879); and Triplophysa kungessana (Kessler, 1879) from Zhao (1984). Data on Triplophysa species from the Tarim basin: Triplophysa laterimaculata Li, Liu and Yang, 2007; Triplophysa papillosolabiata (Kessler, 1879); Triplophysa bombifrons (Herzenstein, 1888); Triplophysa zamegacephala (Zhao, 1985); (2007) and Triplophysa herzensteini (Berg, 1909) and Triplophysa microphthalma (Kessler, 1879) from Cao and Zhang (2008). Data on Triplophysa kashmirensis (Hora, 1922) are cited from Kullander et al. (1999). ...