Beyond the comfort zone: amphibian diversity and distribution in the West Sahara-Sahel using mtDNA and nuDNA barcoding and spatial modelling

We found a total of 16 anuran taxa with Afrotropic affinities, and two genera and four species were added for the amphibian list of Mauritania. Potential cryptic diversity was detected in Hoplobatrachus occipitalis. Amphibian richness was positively correlated with proximity to savannah, gravel floodplains, and with presence of seasonal wetlands, and negatively with proximity to dunes. Major diversity hotspots were predicted in southern Mauritania. Marta Sampaio, Guillermo Velo-Antón, Fernando Martínez-Freiría, Alberto Sánchez-Vialas, Juan Manuel Pleguezuelos, Philippe Geniez, Pierre-André Crochet & José Carlos Brito. Conservation Genetics (2021) . Leer más.