Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research

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Edited By: Elisabeth Haring (Editor-in-Chief), Stefan T. Hertwig, Bernhard Misof, Stefan Richter, Thomas Stach

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Online ISSN: 1439-0469

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  1. The parthenogenetic Marmorkrebs (Malacostraca: Decapoda: Cambaridae) is a triploid organism

    Peer Martin, Sven Thonagel and Gerhard Scholtz

    Article first published online: 25 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12114

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    We karyotyped the parthenogenetic Marmorkrebs Procambarus fallax forma virginalis, the sexual form of P. fallax (together called P. fallax complex), and the closely related species P. alleni. In mitotic metaphases P. alleni shows 188 chromosomes, the sexual form of P. fallax 184, and the Marmorkrebs 276 chromosomes. Furthermore, a characteristic large subtelocentric chromosome appears twice in diploid cells of sexual individuals and thrice in the Marmorkrebs. This clearly reveals that the Marmorkrebs is a triploid organism. The evolutionary aspects are discussed.

  2. The anatomy and structural connectivity of the abdominal sucker in the tadpoles of Huia cavitympanum, with comparisons to Meristogenys jerboa (Lissamphibia: Anura: Ranidae)

    Li Lin Gan, Stefan T. Hertwig, Indraneil Das and Alexander Haas

    Article first published online: 20 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12113

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    Tadpoles of the south-east Asian frogs in the genera Huia and Meristogenys possess an adominal sucker that allows them to cling to and graze over rocks overflown by fast water currents. The paper describes the anatomical muscular and skeletal details underlying this sucker structure and comments on its phylogenetic relevance.

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    Gene flow, population growth and a novel substitution rate estimate in a subtidal rock specialist, the black-faced blenny Tripterygion delaisi (Perciformes, Blennioidei, Tripterygiidae) from the Adriatic Sea (pages 291–299)

    Stephan Koblmüller, Bernd Steinwender, Sara Weiß and Kristina M. Sefc

    Article first published online: 5 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12110

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    Using mitochondrial control region sequences, we inferred phylogeographic structure and historic population size changes in the black-faced blenny Tripterygion delaisi from the north-eastern Adriatic Sea. Adriatic T. delaisi are differentiated from conspecific populations in the remaining Mediterranean, but display little phylogeographic structure within the Adriatic basin. They experienced recent population expansion, probably triggered by rising sea levels after the last glacial maximum. Expansion dating provided the first-ever estimate for the substitution rate of the mitochondrial control region in blennioid fishes.

  4. New molecular data favour an anthropogenic introduction of the wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) in North Africa

    Aude Lalis, Raphael Leblois, Sohaib Liefried, Ali Ouarour, Champak Reddy Beeravolu, Johan Michaux, Adel Hamani, Christiane Denys and Violaine Nicolas

    Article first published online: 17 SEP 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12111

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    Our genetic data (mtDNA and six microsatellite markers) show that North African wood mice have a south-western European origin and colonized the Maghreb through the Strait of Gibraltar probably during the Mesolithic or slightly after, via recurrent/multiple anthropogenic translocations. No spatial structuring of the genetic variability was recorded in North Africa, from Morocco to Tunisia.

  5. Taxonomy and biogeography of Bunopus spatalurus (Reptilia; Gekkonidae) from the Arabian Peninsula

    Philip de Pous, Luis Machado, Margarita Metallinou, Jan Červenka, Lukáš Kratochvíl, Nefeli Paschou, Tomáš Mazuch, Jiří Šmíd, Marc Simó-Riudalbas, Delfi Sanuy and Salvador Carranza

    Article first published online: 7 SEP 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12107

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    An integrative approach including multilocus concatenated and species tree phylogenies, haplotype networks, morphology, paleodistribution modelling and phylogeographic interpolation was used to address the taxonomy and biogeography of Bunopus spatalurus from the Arabian Peninsula. To resolve the non-monophyly of the genus Bunopus, we resurrect the genus Trachydactylus Haas and Battersby, 1959 for the species formerly referred to as Bunopus spatalurus. Considering the results of our integrative approach, we elevate Trachydactylus spatalurus hajarensis to the species level: Trachydactylus hajarensis (Arnold, 1980). We extensively discuss the interesting biogeography and phylogeography of T. hajarensis.