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Updated distribution and biogeography of amphibians and reptiles of Europe
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.
The conservation status of the world's reptiles
The results provide the first analysis of the global conservation status and distribution patterns of reptiles and the threats affecting them, highlighting conservation priorities and knowledge gaps which need to be addressed urgently to ensure the continued survival of the world’s reptiles.
The reptiles of Anatolia: a checklist and zoogeographical analysis
The herpetofauna of the Near East is very rich and diverse, and this area harbours the most remarkable reptile fauna within the Western Palaearctic region, owing to the high habitat diversity and historical zoogeographical factors.
A proposal for a chorotype classification of the Near East fauna, in the framework of the Western Palearctic Region
A classification of chorotypes is proposed based on 1 Zoological researches in the Near East by Universities oforne: 186 and this study was supported by grants from MURST 1999.
Conquering the Sahara and Arabian deserts: systematics and biogeography of Stenodactylus geckos (Reptilia: Gekkonidae)
The phylogenetic hypothesis for the genus Stenodactylus presented in this work permits the reconstruction of the biogeographical history of these common desert dwellers and confirms the importance of the opening of the Red Sea and the climatic oscillations of the Miocene as major factors in the diversification of the biota of North Africa and Arabia.
Age and growth of the sand lizards ( Lacerta agilis ) from a high Alpine population of north-western Italy
Results indicate that individuals of L. agilis studied by us are short-living when compared with other populations of the same species.
The global distribution of tetrapods reveals a need for targeted reptile conservation
It is shown that additional conservation actions are needed to effectively protect reptiles, particularly lizards and turtles, and that adding reptile knowledge to a global complementarity conservation priority scheme identifies many locations that consequently become important.
Out of Africa: Phylogeny and biogeography of the widespread genus Acanthodactylus (Reptilia: Lacertidae).
A multilocus phylogeny is constructed, combining data from two mitochondrial (12S, cytb) and three nuclear (MC1R, ACM4, c-mos) markers for 302 individuals belonging to 36 known species, providing the first large-scale time-calibrated molecular phylogeny of the genus.
Neogene climatic oscillations shape the biogeography and evolutionary history of the Eurasian blindsnake.
It is concluded that the Eurasian blindsnake has encountered a sequence of extinction events, followed by secondary expansion from refugia, and calls for further attention both on the protection of intraspecific varieties and the respective geographic areas that hold them.
Estimating patterns of reptile biodiversity in remote regions
Aim The incompleteness of information on biodiversity distribution is a major issue for ecology and conservation. Researchers have made many attempts to quantify the amount of biodiversity that