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Molecular evidence for Gondwanan origins of multiple lineages within a diverse Australasian gecko radiation
This work test the hypothesis that the Australian radiation of diplodactyloid geckos (families Carphodactsylidae, DiplodACTylidae and Pygopodidae), in contrast to other endemic squamate groups, has a Gondwanan origin and comprises multiple lineages that originated before the separation of Australia from Antarctica.
Cryptic diversity in vertebrates: molecular data double estimates of species diversity in a radiation of Australian lizards (Diplodactylus, Gekkota)
A survey of mtDNA, allozyme and chromosomal variation in the Australian gecko, genus Diplodactylus, increases overall species diversity estimates from 13 to 29 and emphasizes the importance of continuing detailed assessments of species diversity, even in apparently well-known taxa from industrialized countries.
Molecular evidence for ten species and Oligo-Miocene vicariance within a nominal Australian gecko species (Crenadactylus ocellatus, Diplodactylidae)
Molecular dating indicates that the genus Crenadactylus includes some of the oldest vertebrate lineages confounded within a single species yet identified by molecular assessments of diversity, documenting a remarkable instance of underestimation of vertebrate species diversity in a developed country.
A new species of bent-toed gecko ( Cyrtodactylus , Gekkonidae) from the North Papuan Mountains
We describe a new species of Cyrtodactylus from lower montane forests on the Torricelli and Foja Mountain ranges of northern New Guinea. Cyrtodactylus boreoclivus sp. nov. can be distinguished from
A new species of bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus: Gekkonidae) from Seram Island, Indonesia
A new species of Cyrtodacylus is described from the island of Seram, Maluku Province, Indonesia, and the herpetofauna of this area appears to include a small but biogeographically significant endemic component.
Mass turnover and recovery dynamics of a diverse Australian continental radiation
Surprisingly, the results suggest that invasion of arid Australia has acted as a source for diversity, with repeated outward dispersals having facilitated diversification of this group of geckos, illustrating the profound effects historical biome changes have on macroevolutionary patterns.
Phylogenetic evidence for mid-Cenozoic turnover of a diverse continental biota
  • P. Oliver, A. Hugall
  • Environmental Science, Geography
    Nature Ecology & Evolution
  • 23 October 2017
Molecular phylogenetic data is used to show mid-Cenozoic restructuring of Australia’s lizards and snakes and indicates that the temporal clustering of major radiation ages in Gondwanan endemic lineages and immigration into Australia is narrower than expected under time-continuous models assuming no overarching external perturbation.