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Updated distribution and biogeography of amphibians and reptiles of Europe
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This analysis serves as a preliminary step towards an interactive, dynamic and online distributed database system (NA2RE system) of the current spatial distribution of European amphibians and reptiles and highlights the need to add temporal and altitudinal data for all records to allow tracking potential species distribution changes. Expand
The use of bioacoustics in anuran taxonomy: theory, terminology, methods and recommendations for best practice.
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It is shown that small-sized frogs often emit calls with frequency components in the ultrasound spectrum, although it is unlikely that these high frequencies are of biological relevance for the majority of them, and it is illustrated that detection of upper harmonics depends also on recording distance because higher frequencies are attenuated more strongly. Expand
High Levels of Diversity Uncovered in a Widespread Nominal Taxon: Continental Phylogeography of the Neotropical Tree Frog Dendropsophus minutus
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The results, at a spatial scale and resolution unprecedented for a Neotropical vertebrate, confirm that widespread amphibian species occur in lowland South America, yet at the same time a large proportion of cryptic diversity still remains to be discovered. Expand
Transcriptomic and macroevolutionary evidence for phenotypic uncoupling between frog life history phases
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Genes linked to morphological structure formation are expressed in a highly phase-specific pattern, suggesting uncoupling of phenotypic evolution across life-history phases, and this gene expression pattern agrees with uncoupled rates of trait evolution among life- history phases in the mantellids, which are shown to have undergone an adaptive radiation. Expand
Genetic divergence in tropical anurans: deeper phylogeographic structure in forest specialists and in topographically complex regions
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Results indicate that topographic complexity and macrohabitat preferences have a strong effect on population divergence with species specialized to forest habitat and/or from topographically complex regions showing higher phylogeographic structure, and that, for a given period of time, there should be a higher chance of speciation in tropical anurans living in forests than in species adapted to open habitats. Expand
Nuclear and mitochondrial multilocus phylogeny and survey of alkaloid content in true salamanders of the genus Salamandra (Salamandridae).
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This study reconstructs the phylogeny of the genus Salamandra based on DNA sequences of segments of 10 mitochondrial and 13 nuclear genes from 31 individual samples representing all Salamandra species and most of the commonly recognized subspecies, suggesting that a clade composed of the Alpine salamander and the Corsican fire salamanders is the sister taxon to aClade containing the remaining species. Expand
Intraspecific Variation in the Advertisement Call of the Cloud-Forest Frog Eleutherodactylus glamyrus (Anura: Eleutherodactylidae)
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Variation in the advertisement calls among three localities of Eleutherodactylus glamyrus, a frog endemic to the Sierra Maestra mountains in Eastern Cuba, is analyzed to assess whether temperature or SVL have sufficiently important effects on their data and use statistical procedures to remove these confounding factors. Expand
Discovery of skin alkaloids in a miniaturized eleutherodactylid frog from Cuba
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Analyses of stomach content indicated a numerical prevalence of mites with an important proportion of oribatids—a group of arthropods known to contain one of the pumiliotoxins detected in E. iberia, suggesting that miniaturization and specialization to small prey may have favoured the acquisition of dietary skin alkaloids in these amphibians. Expand
Biogeographic origin and radiation of Cuban Eleutherodactylus frogs of the auriculatus species group, inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear gene sequences.
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The molecular phylogeny suggests that most cladogenetic events within the Eleutherodactylus auriculatus group occurred among clades restricted to the eastern mountains, which acted as refugia and facilitated the diversification in this group. Expand
Environmental temperatures shape thermal physiology as well as diversification and genome-wide substitution rates in lizards
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The authors reconstruct the phylogeny of lacertid lizards and investigate how the evolution of this clade has varied with paleoclimates and how closely adapted extant species are to modern climates. Expand
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