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David McLeod
Biodiversity Institute

Director of Anatomy
KU Undergraduate Biology
2047 Haworth Hall

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Dyche Hall

David works on topics related to the morphology, systematics, and conservation of living amphibians.  Current research is focused on species boundaries within the Southeast Asian fanged frogs (genus Limnonectes).

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Much of my current work focuses on the morphology and systematics of the Limnonectes kuhlii complex. Limnonectes kuhlii, is a “fanged” frog found throughout much of Southern China, South East Asia, and as far west as India. Morphologically similar throughout its range, the identity of this “species” has been questioned by many, but dealt with by few. Resolution of the genetic and morphological differences within this complex at a population level will further our understanding of global biodiversity and facilitate informed conservation actions in the future.

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