Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research

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Edited By: Elisabeth Haring (Editor-in-Chief), Alexander Blanke, Stefan T. Hertwig, Barna Páll-Gergely, Thomas Stach

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  1. Two Radix spp. (Gastropoda: Lymnaeidae) endemic to thermal springs around Lake Baikal represent ecotypes of the widespread Radix auricularia

    Olga Aksenova, Maxim Vinarski, Ivan Bolotov, Alexander Kondakov, Yulia Bespalaya, Alyona Tomilova, Inga Paltser and Mikhail Gofarov

    Version of Record online: 2 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12174

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    In this study, we re-examine two species of freshwater gastropods Lymnaea (Radix) hakusyensis and Lymnaea (Radix) thermobaicalica, endemic to the geothermal springs in the Lake Baikal region. Our results based on combining molecular genetic taxonomy with the traditional morphology methods demonstrate that the two endemic species are only synonyms of a widespread Holarctic species, Radix auricularia (Linnaeus, 1758), and represent its intraspecific morph (ecotype) adapted to living in thermal springs.

  2. Phylogeny and taxonomy of the genus Ilyodon Eigenmann, 1907 (Teleostei: Goodeidae), based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences

    Rosa Gabriela Beltrán-López, Omar Domínguez-Domínguez, José Antonio Guerrero, Diushi Keri Corona-Santiago, Humberto Mejía-Mojica and Ignacio Doadrio

    Version of Record online: 2 AUG 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12175

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    Phylogenetic inference of the genus Ilyodon produced five divergent clades, with unexpected diversity within Balsas and Coahuayana drainages. Genetic distances in mitochondrial genes were relatively high among main clades. The ancestral areas of the genus are Armería and Balsas basins with several events of dispersal and vicariance during the evolutionary history. Our analyses neglect the previous taxonomic arrangement and ecological speciation hypothesis, suggesting the necessity of major taxonomic revision of the genus.

  3. Inferring the phylogenetic position of the Drosophila flavopilosa group: Incongruence within and between mitochondrial and nuclear multilocus datasets (pages 208–221)

    Francine C. De Ré, Lizandra J. Robe, Gabriel L. Wallau and Elgion L. S. Loreto

    Version of Record online: 21 JUL 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12170

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    Phylogenetic analyses based on nucleotide and protein sequences datasets reveal the presence of significant inconsistencies between Drosophila mitochondrial and nuclear genomes: whereas mitochondrial genomes support the clade formed by D. incompta and D. mojavensis, the nuclear genome supports D. incompta and D. virilis as sister species. Probably, these incongruities occur due to differences in the evolutionary histories of both set of markers.

  4. Mandible size and shape in extant Ursidae (Carnivora, Mammalia): A tool for taxonomy and ecogeography

    Carlo Meloro, Giulia Guidarelli, Paolo Colangelo, Paolo Ciucci and Anna Loy

    Version of Record online: 22 JUN 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12171

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    We explored mandibular form variation in a sample of extant bear species. Both size and shape of the mandible are taxonomically informative and allow discriminating species and subspecies. In particular for the brown bear (Ursus arctos), we confirmed the morphological uniqueness of isolated populations belonging to the Apennine and Isabelline subspecies. A pervasive impact of climate on mandibular shape variation was detected in the whole family although this does not significantly impact the morphological differentiation of brown bear subspecies.

  5. Wing base structure supports Coleorrhyncha + Auchenorrhyncha (Insecta: Hemiptera) (pages 199–207)

    Kazunori Yoshizawa, Naoki Ogawa and Christopher H. Dietrich

    Version of Record online: 15 JUN 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12173

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    The phylogenetic placement of the moss bugs (Insecta: Hemiptera: Coleorrhyncha), either close to true bugs (Heteroptera: right) or plant- and leafhoppers (Auchenorrhyncha: left), has been highly controversial, with apparent conflict between morphological and genomic data. The morphological data selecting from the wing base structure provide unambiguous support for the clade Coleorrhyncha + Auchenorrhyncha, in agreement with the result from the phylogenomic study.