Palacios, C., C. Urrutia, N. Knapp, M. F. Franch Quintana, A. Bertolero, G. Simon, L. du Preez & O. Verneau. Salamandra 51(3): 2015. We encountered two extreme haplotypes, with specimens with the endemic Spanish Catalonian haplotype A18 belonging to M. leprosa leprosa and others being clearly referable to M. leprosa saharica (cyt b haplotypes from clade B) that is otherwise typical from below the Atlas Mountain Range in Morocco. Short- and long-term directions for research as well as conservation management actions are suggested for this insufficiently studied species. Leer más.

Catarina Rato, D. James Harris, Salvador Carranza, Luís Machado, Ana Perera. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. September, 2015. Bayesian clustering analysis supports all six mtDNA lineages as independent groups, despite showing signs of ancestral polymorphism or possibly gene flow between the Maghreb/South Iberia and Central Morocco clades. The species tree recovered two major groups; one clustering taxa from Europe and Northern Maghreb and another one encompassing the lineages from Central/Southern Morocco, Central Morocco and Canary Islands, indicating that the ancestor of T. angustimentalis came from the Central/Southern Morocco region. Finally, Bayesian coalescent species delimitation analysis supports all six mitochondrial clades as “unconfirmed candidate species”, pending morphological data to define them. Leer más.