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Type: Journal article
Title: Cryptic diversity in vertebrates: molecular data double estimates of species diversity in a radiation of Australian lizards (Diplodactylus, Gekkota)
Author: Oliver, P.
Adams, M.
Lee, M.
Hutchinson, M.
Doughty, P.
Citation: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2009; 276(1664):2001-2007
Publisher: Royal Soc London
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 0962-8452
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Paul M. Oliver, Mark Adams, Michael S.Y. Lee, Mark N. Hutchinson and Paul Doughty
Abstract: A major problem for biodiversity conservation and management is that a significant portion of species diversity remains undocumented (the ‘taxonomic impediment’). This problem is widely acknowledged to be dire among invertebrates and in developing countries; here, we demonstrate that it can be acute even in conspicuous animals (reptiles) and in developed nations (Australia). A survey of mtDNA, allozyme and chromosomal variation in the Australian gecko, genus Diplodactylus, increases overall species diversity estimates from 13 to 29. Four nominal species each actually represent multi-species complexes; three of these species complexes are not even monophyletic. The high proportion of cryptic species discovered emphasizes the importance of continuing detailed assessments of species diversity, even in apparently well-known taxa from industrialized countries.
Keywords: Chromosomes
DNA, Mitochondrial
Sequence Analysis, DNA
Genetic Variation
Description: © 2009 The Royal Society
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2008.1881
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