Parallel gigantism and complex colonization patterns in the Cape Verde scincid lizards Mabuya and Macroscincus (Reptilia: Scincidae) revealed by mitochondrial DNA sequences.

@article{Carranza2001ParallelGA,
  title={Parallel gigantism and complex colonization patterns in the Cape Verde scincid lizards Mabuya and Macroscincus (Reptilia: Scincidae) revealed by mitochondrial DNA sequences.},
  author={Salvador Carranza and Edwin Nicholas Arnold and Jos{\'e} Antonio Mateo and Luis Felipe L{\'o}pez-Jurado},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2001},
  volume={268 1476},
  pages={1595-603}
}
The scincid lizards of the Cape Verde islands comprise the extinct endemic giant Macroscincus coctei and at least five species of Mabuya, one of which, Mabuya vaillanti, also had populations with large body size. Phylogenetic analysis based on DNA sequences derived from the mitochondrial cytochrome b, cytochrome oxidase I and 12S rRNA genes (711, 498 and 378 base pairs (bp), respectively) corroborates morphological evidence that these species constitute a clade and that Macroscincus is… CONTINUE READING