Cryptic diversity in the neotropical gecko genus Phyllopezus peters, 1878 (reptilia: squamata: phyllodactylidae) : a new species from Paraguay

  • The gecko genus Phyllopezus is distributed mainly along South America’s "Dry Diagonal" (Caatinga, Cerrado, and Chaco). The genus has been the subject of recent taxonomic analyses and includes four described species and seven candidate species referred to here as Phyllopezus pollicaris sensu lato. In Paraguay, Phyllopezus is known from the Chaco and Cerrado where it is abundant, and also from a small isolated population from a rocky hill formation named "Cordillera de Los Altos" (Los Altos mountain range). Here we analyzed genetic samples from across its range, including new samples from Paraguay, using DNA barcoding analysis of the mitochondrial 16S gene and phylogenetic analyses using both Bayesian and Maximum Likelihood methods. We found genetic and morphological differences among geckos from the Los Altos mountain range and the remaining Phyllopezus populations. Using both molecular and morphological evidence we describe a new Phyllopezus species, sister to P. przewalskii. Genetic differentiation among described and putative Phyllopezus species is greater than their morphological differences, which likely accounts for these cryptic taxa remaining undescribed for so long.

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Author:Pier Cacciali, Sebastian Lotzkat, Tony Gamble, Gunther KöhlerORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):International journal of zoology
Place of publication:New York, NY
Contributor(s):Hynek Burda
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2019
Date of first Publication:2018/07/16
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2019/08/15
Issue:Art. 3958327
Page Number:15
First Page:1
Last Page:14
Copyright © 2018 Pier Cacciali et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Institutes:Angeschlossene und kooperierende Institutionen / Universität des 3. Lebensalters e.V.
Angeschlossene und kooperierende Institutionen / Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft
Biowissenschaften / Institut für Ökologie, Evolution und Diversität
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
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