Violaine Nicolas, Abderrahmane Mataame, Pierre-André Crochet, Philippe Geniez and Annemarie Ohler. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. Article first published online : 18 FEB 2015. At the Moroccan scale, we found a low level of genetic diversity and no clear phylogeographic pattern within P. saharicus. However, our SAShA analyses revealed a mixture of random and underdistributed haplotypes, which may indicate a complex population genetic or biogeographic history. Leer más.

Lizards and other reptiles are not normally considered venomous, but a number of lizard species actually do produce and use venom. The most classic venomous lizard is no doubt the gila monster — a heavy-bodied lizard. As the first in the world, a group of researchers has made a comprehensive description of the proteins in the venom which can prove to be relevant in connection with developing new types of drugs. Leer más.