Conquering the Sahara and Arabian deserts: systematics and biogeography of Stenodactylus geckos (Reptilia: Gekkonidae)

@inproceedings{Metallinou2012ConqueringTS,
  title={Conquering the Sahara and Arabian deserts: systematics and biogeography of Stenodactylus geckos (Reptilia: Gekkonidae)},
  author={Margarita Metallinou and Edwin Nicholas Arnold and Pierre-Andr{\'e} Crochet and Philippe Geniez and Jos{\'e} Carlos Brito and Petros Lymberakis and Sherif Baha El Din and Roberto Sindaco and Michael D. RobinsonM.D. Robinson and Salvador Carranza},
  booktitle={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
  year={2012}
}
BackgroundThe evolutionary history of the biota of North Africa and Arabia is inextricably tied to the complex geological and climatic evolution that gave rise to the prevalent deserts of these areas. Reptiles constitute an exemplary group in the study of the arid environments with numerous well-adapted members, while recent studies using reptiles as models have unveiled interesting biogeographical and diversification patterns. In this study, we include 207 specimens belonging to all 12… CONTINUE READING

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