2016
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149596
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Population Genetic Structure of the Endangered Kaiser’s Mountain Newt, Neurergus kaiseri (Amphibia: Salamandridae)

Abstract: Species often exhibit different levels of genetic structuring correlated to their environment. However, understanding how environmental heterogeneity influences genetic variation is difficult because the effects of gene flow, drift and selection are confounded. We investigated the genetic variation and its ecological correlates in an endemic and critically endangered stream breeding mountain newt, Neurergus kaiseri, within its entire range in southwestern Iran. We identified two geographic regions based on phy… Show more

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“…We analyzed 718 bp of the mitochondrial control region and found (a) monophyly of all analyzed Neurergus derjugini haplotypes, (b) a sister relationship of Neurergus derjugini and Neurergus kaiseri , and (c) low genetic differentiation between the Neurergus derjugini haplotypes. These results are in agreement with phylogenetic analyses based on other mitochondrial and nuclear markers (Farasat, Akmali, & Sharifi, ; Hendrix et al., ; Özdemir, Üzüm, Avci, & Olgun, ) do not reveal the existence of distinct evolutionary lineages within Neurergus derjugini and thus do not support the recognition of two forms (subspecies) as proposed originally by Nesterov (), Schneider and Schneider (). The two subspecies ( Neurergus derjugini derjugini and Neurergus derjugini microspilotus ) were originally described on the basis of the different size and number of yellow spots on the dorsal side of the body.…”
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confidence: 87%
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“…We analyzed 718 bp of the mitochondrial control region and found (a) monophyly of all analyzed Neurergus derjugini haplotypes, (b) a sister relationship of Neurergus derjugini and Neurergus kaiseri , and (c) low genetic differentiation between the Neurergus derjugini haplotypes. These results are in agreement with phylogenetic analyses based on other mitochondrial and nuclear markers (Farasat, Akmali, & Sharifi, ; Hendrix et al., ; Özdemir, Üzüm, Avci, & Olgun, ) do not reveal the existence of distinct evolutionary lineages within Neurergus derjugini and thus do not support the recognition of two forms (subspecies) as proposed originally by Nesterov (), Schneider and Schneider (). The two subspecies ( Neurergus derjugini derjugini and Neurergus derjugini microspilotus ) were originally described on the basis of the different size and number of yellow spots on the dorsal side of the body.…”
Section: Discussionsupporting
confidence: 87%
“…In our study, we investigated genetic diversity and Quaternary range dynamics of Neurergus derjugini, which is currently known from 42 highland streams in western Iran and adjacent parts of Iraq (Afroosheh et al, 2016). We analyzed 718 bp of the mitochondrial control region and found (a) monophyly (Farasat, Akmali, & Sharifi, 2016;Hendrix et al, 2014;Özdemir, Üzüm, Avci, & Olgun, 2009) do not reveal the existence of distinct evolutionary lineages within Neurergus derjugini and thus do not support the recognition of two forms (subspecies) as proposed originally by Nesterov (1916), Schneider and Schneider (2011).…”
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confidence: 65%
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