Complex biogeographical distribution of genetic variation within Podarcis wall lizards across the Strait of Gibraltar
Article first published online: 27 SEP 2002
Journal of Biogeography
Volume 29, Issue 9, pages 1257–1262, September 2002
How to Cite
Harris, D. J., Carranza, S., Arnold, E. N., Pinho, C. and Ferrand, N. (2002), Complex biogeographical distribution of genetic variation within Podarcis wall lizards across the Strait of Gibraltar. Journal of Biogeography, 29: 1257–1262. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2699.2002.00744.x
- Issue published online: 27 SEP 2002
- Article first published online: 27 SEP 2002
- 12S rRNA;
- cytochrome b;
- Podarcis hispanica;
- Podarcis vaucheri;
- Strait of Gibraltar
Abstract Aim To examine the effect of a known geological barrier on genetic variation within a wall lizard species complex.
Location The Iberian Peninsula and North Africa.
Methods Sequencing of partial 12S rRNA and cytochrome b mtDNA.
Results The current distribution of genetic variability is not related to the opening of the Strait of Gibraltar.
Conclusions Podarcis hispanica in North Africa is probably a species complex. The Strait of Gibraltar should not be used as a known barrier to gene flow in other land based organisms without careful sampling to test for multiple crossings since its formation.