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. The leaf turtle population of Phnom Kulen National Park (northwestern Cambodia) has genetic and morphological signatures of hybridization

    Melita Vamberger, Louise Durkin, Chamnan Kim, Markus Handschuh, Rattanak Seng and Uwe Fritz

    Version of Record online: 3 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12161

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    Cambodia is known to harbour three distinct species of leaf turtles (Cyclemys spp). We examine a recently discovered population from Phnom Kulen National Park using external morphology, 17 microsatellite loci and the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene. The turtles morphologically resemble Cyclemys oldhamii, but harbour mitochondrial haplotypes of C. atripons. With respect to microsatellite loci, the turtles are distinct from C. atripons. We propose that this population represents either a natural hybrid swarm or a distinct undescribed species with introgressed mitochondria.

  2. Evidence for extreme sequence divergence between the male- and female-transmitted mitochondrial genomes in the bivalve mollusc, Modiolus modiolus (Mytilidae)

    Brent M. Robicheau, Amy E. Powell, Lauren Del Bel, Sophie Breton and Donald T. Stewart

    Version of Record online: 15 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12160

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    We demonstrate the doubly uniparental inheritance of mitochondrial DNA in the horse mussel, Modiolus modiolus, using cox1 and rrnL gene sequences. The male mitotype is shown to evolve faster than its female counterpart. Standardized p-distances indicate that M. modiolus displays the highest male-to-female conspecific mitotype sequence divergence for any Mytilidae species thus far examined (38%). This therefore establishes a new threshold for the expected genetic divergence of male mytilid mitochondrial genomes.

  3. Phylogenetic relationships in Kerkia and introgression between Hauffenia and Kerkia (Caenogastropoda: Hydrobiidae)

    Aleksandra Rysiewska, Simona Prevorčnik, Artur Osikowski, Sebastian Hofman, Luboš Beran and Andrzej Falniowski

    Version of Record online: 8 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12159

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    Phylogenetic relationships among four species of Kerkia from five localities in Croatia and one in Slovenia, analyzed with one mitochondrial and three nuclear markers, confirmed their distinctness. There was introgression of the Hauffenia mtDNA from central Slovenia into two Kerkia clades from central and southern Croatia, located 210 and 360 km away, respectively. Secondary loss of isolating mechanisms between phylogenetically distant organisms and the severe lack of information on distribution of these underground taxa may explain this unusual phenomenon.

  4. Taxonomic composition and ploidy level among European water frogs (Anura: Ranidae: Pelophylax) in eastern Hungary

    Dávid Herczeg, Judit Vörös, Ditte G. Christiansen, Michal Benovics and Peter Mikulíček

    Version of Record online: 8 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12158

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    In this study, we investigated the taxonomic and genetic composition of the Pelophylax esculentus complex (formed by Pelophylax ridibundus and Pelophylax lessonae and their hybridogenetic hybrid, Pelophylax esculentus) in eastern Hungary. Molecular taxonomic and population genetic analysis indicated the presence of all members of the P. esculentus complex in the studied localities with exclusively diploid hybrid genotypes. Clonal transfer of the P. ridibundus genome in hybridogenetic lineages was indicated at least in two sampling sites with the novel implementation of population genetic approach.

  5. Searching for the glacial refugia of Erebia euryale (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae) – insights from mtDNA- and nDNA-based phylogeography in the Western Carpathians

    Lenka Paučulová, Martina Šemeláková, Marko Mutanen, Peter Pristaš and Ľubomír Panigaj

    Version of Record online: 5 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12156

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    Our results provide new insights into the phylogeography and origin of Erebia euryale (Esper, 1805). Both mitochondrial and nuclear data reflected a congruent phylogeographic history. The high incidence of unique haplotypes in association with the high variability obtained in the maximum-likelihood analysis of the concatenated data set suggests possible E. euryale re-colonization from south-eastern to northern Europe. The observation that the mean genetic diversity of the Western Carpathian populations indicates either an important refuge area or a contact zone between gene pools during the postglacial re-colonization processes.

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