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 evolutionary history and taxonomic reevaluation of the Japanese coral snake, Sinomicrurus japonicus (Serpentes, Elapidae), endemic to the Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan, by use of molecular and morphological analyses

    Takuma Kaito, Hidetoshi Ota and Mamoru Toda

    Version of Record online: 28 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12162

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    We conducted molecular genetic and morphological analyses on Sinomicrurus japonicus to clarify the evolutionary trajectory of colour patterns and reevaluate subspecific systematics accordingly. The results indicated paraphyly of Sinomicrurus japonicus boettgeri against the other two subspecies, and paraphyly of Sinomicrurus japonicus takarai. Morphological analyses revealed that variations in S. jboettgeri and S. jtakarai are continuous. From these results, we propose synonymizing S. j. takarai with S. jboettgeri. Considering the possible evolution of S. jjaponicus through peripheral isolation, we propose to retain the remaining two subspecies.

  2. Characterization of the first mitochondrial genome of a catenulid flatworm: Stenostomum leucops (Platyhelminthes)

    Marcos Trindade Rosa, Daniel S. Oliveira and Elgion L.S. Loreto

    Version of Record online: 28 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12164

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    The first mitogenome of a catenulid was characterized. The gene order found is very divergent from those observed in other Platyhelminthes and, also, in contrast to other Platyhelminthes, the mitochondrial genes of Stenostomum leucops are encoded on both strands. Although the atp8 gene is absent in other Platyhelminthes, a highly divergent putative atp8 gene was found in S. leucops. The anticodons found in trnK can explain the differences in the genetic code between Catenulida and Rhabditophora.

  3. Phylogeographic history of Patagonian lizards of the Liolaemus elongatus complex (Iguania: Liolaemini) based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences

    Cintia Débora Medina, Luciano Javier Avila, Jack Walter Sites Jr and Mariana Morando

    Version of Record online: 22 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12163

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    We present a phylogeographic analysis of the Liolaemus elongatus complex. We sequenced cytochrome-b, 12S, KIF24 and LDAB1D. Our results provide evidence for recognition of seven described species: Liolaemus antumalguen, Liolaemus chillanensis, Liolaemus carlosgarini, Liolaemus burmeisteri, Liolaemus smaug, Liolaemus elongatus and Liolaemus crandalli, but we did not find sufficient evidence to support Liolaemus choique, Liolaemus shitan or Liolaemus sp. 6 as distinct species. We identified four candidate species: Liolaemus sp. 1, Liolaemus sp. 2, Liolaemus sp. 3 and Liolaemus sp. 7.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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