Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research

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

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  1. Assessing the taxonomic status of Osmoderma cristinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), endemic to Sicily, by genetic, morphological and pheromonal analyses

    Agnese Zauli, Giuseppe M. Carpaneto, Stefano Chiari, Emiliano Mancini, Franklin N. Nyabuga, Lara Redolfi De Zan, Federico Romiti, Sunil Sabbani, Paolo A. Audisio, Erik Hedenström, Marco A. Bologna and Glenn P. Svensson

    Article first published online: 12 FEB 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12127

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    Our molecular analyses based on the COI gene and AFLP support a clear genetic divergence between the scarab beetle Osmoderma cristinae (endemic to Sicily) and the closely related O. eremita. Moreover, geometric morphometric analyses of male genitalia reveal a differentiation between the two species. Nevertheless, the sex pheromone used by these species is the same, suggesting that this compound has not undergone a differentiation.

  2. Inferring the roles of vicariance, climate and topography in population differentiation in Salamandra algira (Caudata, Salamandridae)

    Jihène Ben Hassine, Jorge Gutiérrez-Rodríguez, Daniel Escoriza and Iñigo Martínez-Solano

    Article first published online: 4 FEB 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12123

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    We present the most comprehensive overview to date of the evolutionary history of the North African salamander Salamandra algira, with a special focus on Algerian populations, under-represented in previous studies. Phylogenetic analyses of mtDNA data recovered four clades corresponding to described subspecies, with inferred split times in the Miocene. Aridity and topography account for geographic discontinuities across clades and help identify potential areas of secondary contact between subspecies tingitana and splendens in the Rif mountains in Morocco.

  3. When morphological identification meets genetic data: the case of Lucanus cervus and L. tetraodon (Coleoptera, Lucanidae)

    Emanuela Solano, Arno Thomaes, Karen Cox, Giuseppe Maria Carpaneto, Silvia Cortellessa, Cosimo Baviera, Luca Bartolozzi, Michele Zilioli, Maurizio Casiraghi, Paolo Audisio and Gloria Antonini

    Article first published online: 27 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12124

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    The Italian stag beetles, morphologically well distinguishable in allopatry, display a mosaic of characters in areas of sympatric occurrence. The mtDNA evidenced that the two species represent well-defined genetic entities and the morphological mosaics could be the result of either hybridization or of a convergence under local selective pressures in areas of sympatric occurrence. The nuclear marker was uniformly polymorphic across the two species, probably due to its recent divergence and was not able to reveal hybridization.

  4. Colour polymorphism in Salamandra salamandra (Amphibia: Urodela), revealed by a lack of genetic and environmental differentiation between distinct phenotypes

    Wouter Beukema, Alfredo G. Nicieza, André Lourenço and Guillermo Velo-Antón

    Article first published online: 25 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12119

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    Based on phenotypic data, mitochondrial DNA analyses and niche modelling, we show that the North Spanish S. s. bernardezi and S. s. alfredschmidti belong to a single taxon, which is characterized by colour polymorphism. Mitochondrial data revealed that individuals hitherto attributed to S. s. alfredschmidti are imbedded in several subclades of S. s. bernardezi, with which they consistently occur syntopically. We confirm the existence of colour polymorphism in the family Salamandridae, which provides exciting possibilities for future research.

  5. Biogeography of body size in terrestrial isopods (Crustacea: Oniscidea)

    Maria Karagkouni, Spyros Sfenthourakis, Anat Feldman and Shai Meiri

    Article first published online: 25 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12125

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    Distributions of 738 species of terrestrial isopods (Crustacea: Oniscidea) against a global map of soil moisture. The medium sized Chaetophiloscia cellaria (Dollfus, 1884), Philosciidae (top), inhabits humid habitats whereas the the large-sized Hemilepistus reaumurii (Milne-Edwards, 1840), Agnaridae (bottom), lives in desert habitats. This exemplifies the tendency of isopods to increase in size with decreasing moisture which we have found characterizes the clade globally. Overall within-taxa relationships are weak and idiosyncratic. Isopod size evolution mainly reflect phylogenetically constrained life history.