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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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 36/46 (Evolutionary Biology); 43/154 (Zoology)

Online ISSN: 1439-0469


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  1. Short Communications

    1. 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.

  2. Letters to the Editor

  3. Original Articles

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. Are cryptic species of the Lesser Egyptian Jerboa, Jaculus jaculus (Rodentia, Dipodidae), really cryptic? Re-evaluation of their taxonomic status with new data from Israel and Sinai

      Georgy Shenbrot, Tamar Feldstein and Shai Meiri

      Article first published online: 11 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12121

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      Two recently described in North Africa clades of the lesser Egyptian jerboa Jaculus jaculus sensu lato were also found in Israel. They can be identified according tail coloration and morphology of glans penis. Examination of type specimens indicated that the correct names for these species are Jaculus jaculus (Linnaeus 1758) and Jaculus hirtipes (Lichtenstein, 1823). The two species demonstrated a high niche divergence between them, higher in the sympatric North-African populations than in the parapatric populations of Israel and Sinai.

    5. Late Pleistocene divergence and postglacial expansion in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest: multilocus phylogeography of Rhopias gularis (Aves: Passeriformes)

      Henrique Batalha-Filho and Cristina Y. Miyaki

      Article first published online: 11 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12118

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      We investigated the population history of Rhopias gularis through the Brazilian Atlantic Forest (AF) in a spatiotemporal framework. We identified two phylogroups: central-south and north. They diverged c.a. 300 kya. Bottleneck tests indicated population demographic expansion at the end of the last glacial maximum. Palaeodistribution models indicated that R. gularis had a reduced distribution in the south and central AF during the last glacial maximum. Our results support a diversification scenario that is in accordance with proposed Pleistocene refugia.

    6. Phylogeography of the Lacerta viridis complex: mitochondrial and nuclear markers provide taxonomic insights

      Ellen Marzahn, Werner Mayer, Ulrich Joger, Çetin Ilgaz, Daniel Jablonski, Carolin Kindler, Yusuf Kumlutaş, Annamaria Nistri, Norbert Schneeweiss, Melita Vamberger, Anamarija Žagar and Uwe Fritz

      Article first published online: 11 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12115

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      We identified in the Lacerta viridis complex 10 terminal mitochondrial clades clustering in four deeply divergent lineages, corresponding to L. bilineata, L. viridis, the Adriatic or West Balkan lineage and a newly discovered fourth lineage (Anatolian Black Sea coast, southeastern Balkan Peninsula). We identified several secondary contact zones of the main lineages and terminal clades. However, most of the formerly described contact zone of L. bilineata and L. viridis turned out to be a contact zone between the Adriatic lineage and L. viridis. It remains unclear whether there is gene flow in contact zones.

  4. Short Communications

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      A putative species complex in the Sea of Japan revealed by DNA sequence data: a study on Lottia cf. kogamogai (Gastropoda: Patellogastropoda)

      Alen Kristof, André L. de Oliveira, Konstantin G. Kolbin and Andreas Wanninger

      Article first published online: 8 JAN 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12120

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      Molecular genetic analyses indicate that the limpet, collected in the Peter the Great Bay (Russian Federation), is not, as its morphology suggests, the Japanese species Lottia kogamogaiSasaki and Okutani, 1994, and might also hint towards another putative species complex in the Sea of Japan. Accordingly, our results indicate that it is about time for a revision of patellogastropods with a reported distribution in Japanese and Far Eastern Russian waters by an integrative approach using molecular genetic and morphological characters.

  5. Original Articles


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