FrogLog 101

Froglog, the bimonthly newsletter of the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group dedicates its March issue to Europe, North Africa and West Asia.

On pages 28-29 includes a brief note about our project.

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Publicada la ficha de Mesalina guttulata

More information in the Mesalina guttulata species page.

Publicada la ficha de Ptyodactylus oudrii

More information in the Ptyodactylus oudrii species page.

Nuevo artículo publicado: Comments on the large paleartic vipers Macrovipera and Daboia in North Africa

In North Africa, three species of large paleartic vipers have been recorded: Daboia mauritanica (Duméril & Bibron, 1848), D. deserti (Anderson, 1892) and Macrovipera lebetina transmediterranea Nilson & Andrén 1988. The latter has never been recorded accurately after its description, and it has never been included in any recent phylogenetic analysis. The taxonomic status of deserti is neither clear as a species, subspecies or just a morphological variation of D. mauritanica. Further research with genetic phylogenies with a wide sampling all over northwest Africa, is necessary to clarify the identity and taxonomic position of the taxa transmediterranea and deserti. Hopefully in a next future the population structure of this species complex will be better known.

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