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

Impact Factor: 1.91

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 29/153 (Zoology); 32/46 (Evolutionary Biology)

Online ISSN: 1439-0469


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  1. Original Articles

    1. Mitochondrial diversification of the Peromyscus mexicanus species group in Nuclear Central America: biogeographic and taxonomic implications

      Sergio Guillermo Pérez Consuegra and Ella Vázquez-Domínguez

      Article first published online: 6 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12099

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      The mountainous mice of the Peromyscus mexicanus group are composed of six recognized species distributed from Central México to Panamá. We report the first phylogenetic study of this group at a regional scale, showing that it is highly structured, including four main clades and 15 different lineages. Major mountains and barriers in the region are associated with the differentiation of some lineages, suggesting a role for geographic barriers and ecological features in promoting the group's high divergence and diversification.

  2. Review Articles

    1. Halffter's Mexican transition zone (1962–2014), cenocrons and evolutionary biogeography

      Juan J. Morrone

      Article first published online: 13 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12098

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      Gonzalo Halffter provided a theory that explains how taxa from different areas of the Americas assembled in the Mexican transition zone. The development of this transition zone is summarized into five stages: (a) Jurassic–Cretaceous: four Paleoamerican cenocrons extend in Mexico; (b) Late Cretaceous–Paleocene: dispersal from South America of the Plateau cenocron; (c) Oligocene–Miocene: dispersal from Central America of the Mountain Mesoamerican cenocron; (d) Miocene–Pliocene: dispersal from North America of the Nearctic cenocron; and (e) Pleistocene: dispersal from South America of the typical Neotropical cenocron.

  3. Original Articles

    1. Female-dependent transmission of paternal mtDNA is a shared feature of bivalve species with doubly uniparental inheritance (DUI) of mitochondrial DNA

      Annie Machordom, Rafael Araujo, Carlos Toledo, Eleftherios Zouros and Emmanuel D. Ladoukakis

      Article first published online: 3 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12096

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      Unionidae is one of the bivalve families possessing the doubly uniparental mode of mtDNA inheritance (DUI). Here we show that similarly with members from two other bivalve families with DUI (Mytilidae and Veneridae), Unio delphinus (Unionidae) has sex bias in its crosses and this bias is most probably female dependent. It seems that female-dependent sex determination is a common feature of species with DUI.

  4. Short Communications

    1. The detection of sex-linked heteroplasmy in Pseudocardium sachalinense (Bivalvia: Mactridae) and its implications for the distribution of doubly uniparental inheritance of mitochondrial DNA

      Federico Plazzi

      Article first published online: 26 FEB 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12097

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      Doubly Uniparental Inheritance (DUI) is probably the major exception to the widespread rule of strictly maternal inheritance. To date, DUI has been found in many, largely unrelated species of bivalve molluscs. In this paper, sex-linked mitochondrial heteroplasmy in Pseudocardium sachalinense (Schrenck, 1862) is described, which is a strong evidence for DUI presence. The species belongs to the family of Mactridae, where DUI has not been previously demonstrated: this finding allowed to upgrade the present knowledge about the distribution of DUI.

    2. High genetic diversity in the harvestman Geraeocormobius sylvarum (Arachnida, Opiliones, Gonyleptidae) from subtropical forests in north-eastern Argentina revealed by mitochondrial DNA sequences

      Luis M. Vaschetto, Raúl E. González-Ittig, Julia Vergara and Luis E. Acosta

      Article first published online: 18 FEB 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12093

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      In this paper, we determined the usefulness of the mitochondrial COI gene for characterizing the genetic diversity of the Neotropical harvestman, Geraeocormobius sylvarum. The species range is characterized by a remarkable disjunction across 630 km of semi-arid environments. Populations from northeastern Argentina (the core area) demonstrated high levels of haplotype and nucleotide diversity, and strong genetic structuring. In contrast, populations isolated in the northwest (Yungas ecoregion) did not show significant diversity levels, suggesting a putative recent introduction of the species.

  5. Original Articles

    1. Phylogeographic patterns in North African water frog Pelophylax saharicus (Anura: Ranidae)

      Violaine Nicolas, Abderrahmane Mataame, Pierre-André Crochet, Philippe Geniez and Annemarie Ohler

      Article first published online: 18 FEB 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12094

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      Moroccan populations of Pelophylax saharicus are genetically distinct (CO1, 16S) from Algerian ones. Specimens from Alger and Djelfa (central Algeria) are genetically closer to Moroccan specimens than to east Algerian ones, and the split between these two lineages may have occurred approximately 2.6 Mya. At the Moroccan scale, we found a low level of genetic diversity and no clear phylogeographic pattern within P. saharicus.

    2. DNA-based phylogeny of the marine genus Heterodrilus (Annelida, Clitellata, Naididae)

      Erica Mejlon, Pierre De Wit, Lisa Matamoros and Christer Erséus

      Article first published online: 17 FEB 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12092

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      The phylogenetic relationships within the exclusively marine clitellate genus Heterodrilus are assessed using molecular genetic data. Monophyly of Heterodrilus is corroborated and the studied sample of species suggest at least two major clades with different geographical distributions, in one of them most species are from the Indo-West Pacific Ocean, while in the other, the majority are from the Western Atlantic Ocean. Morphological characters traditionally used in Heterodrilus taxonomy are optimised on the phylogenetic tree, revealing a high degree of homoplasy.

    3. mtDNA COI in efficient use: clarifying taxonomy, linking morphologically discordant sexes and identifying the immature stages of Agathomyia Verrall flat-footed flies (Diptera: Platypezidae)

      Gunilla Ståhls, Otto Miettinen and Elvira Rättel

      Article first published online: 29 DEC 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12091

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      mtDNA COI sequence data were used for a molecular taxonomic study on the north European species of the genus Agathomyia (Diptera: Platypezidae). DNA identification using COI barcoded linked unknown larvae with correct fly species and revealed a new genus of host fungi for Platypezidae, the genus Antrodiella. Three Antrodiella species were found to be host fungi for Agathomyia elegantula group species. Identification keys to males and to all hitherto known third-stage larvae of north European Agathomyia species including digital images are presented.


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