Samantha Stoffberg

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Abdolrazagh Hashemi-Shahraki, Parvin Heidarieh, Samira Azarpira, Hasan Shojaei, Mohammad Hashemzadeh and Enrico Tortoli Author affiliation: Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran (A. Hashemi-Shahraki, S. Azarpira, M. Hashemzadeh); Alborz University of Medical Sciences, Karaj, Iran (P. Heidarieh); Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran (H.(More)
The phylogenetic relationships within the horseshoe bats (genus Rhinolophus) are poorly resolved, particularly at deeper levels within the tree. We present a better-resolved phylogenetic hypothesis for 30 rhinolophid species based on parsimony and Bayesian analyses of the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene and three nuclear introns (TG, THY and PRKC1). Strong(More)
Gigantism and dwarfism evolve in vertebrates restricted to islands. We describe four new species in the Rhinolophus hildebrandtii species-complex of horseshoe bats, whose evolution has entailed adaptive shifts in body size. We postulate that vicissitudes of palaeoenvironments resulted in gigantism and dwarfism in habitat islands fragmented across eastern(More)
The analysis of molecular data within a historical biogeographical framework, coupled with ecological characteristics can provide insight into the processes driving diversification. Here we assess the genetic and ecological diversity within a widespread horseshoe bat Rhinolophus clivosus sensu lato with specific emphasis on the southern African(More)
A phylogenetic approach was used to test three hypotheses regarding the evolution of diversity in the echolocation frequencies used by horseshoe bats (family Rhinolophidae, genus Rhinolophus): 1) Allotonic Frequency Hypothesis (high frequency echolocation in the Rhinolophidae resulted from coevolution with moth hearing); 2) Allometry Hypothesis(More)
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