Phylogenetic and diversity patterns of Blanus worm lizards (Squamata: Amphisbaenia): insights from mitochondrial and nuclear gene genealogies and species tree

Phylogenetic and phylogeographic patterns of amphisbaenians are poorly known. Molecular data from mitochondrial and nuclear loci are particularly needed for amphisbaenian phylogeny and taxonomy because their specializations to subterranean habits make morphology poorly informative and the occurrence of cryptic species probable. The Mediterranean genus Blanus includes five species – three of them have been recently studied mainly at the mitochondrial level. In this study, we collected mitochondrial (16S and nd4) and nuclear (mc1r and pomc) sequences from 49 specimens, including multiple individuals for each of the five species. Leer más.