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Evolutionary ecology of hares (Lepus spp.) from northwestern Africa; The problem of cryptic species and the description of a new species (Lepus saharae sp. nov.)

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Evolutionary ecology of hares (Lepus spp.) from northwestern Africa; The problem of cryptic species and the description of a new species (Lepus saharae sp. nov.)

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dc.contributor.author Soria-Boix, Carmen es_ES
dc.contributor.author Donat-Torres, Maria P. es_ES
dc.contributor.author Rguibi Idrissi, Hamid es_ES
dc.contributor.author Urios, Vicente es_ES
dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-12T03:34:09Z
dc.date.available 2021-06-12T03:34:09Z
dc.date.issued 2019-09 es_ES
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10251/167876
dc.description.abstract [EN] Objective: We examine the different pressures that lead to the occurrence of new species and thus to their phylogenies. From an evolutionary ecology perspective, we examine the phylogenetic relationships of different lineages, as well as the evolutionary pressures that lead to them and, in some cases, mask them. Organisms and locales: Hares (Lepus spp.) in northwest Africa that are morphologically similar, which, superficially, makes it appear that there is only one species. Methods: We describe different populations of hares in northwest Africa. We describe the morphology of a new species and provide photographs of specimens from across the study area. We analyse five mitochondrial DNA fragments. Results: Mitochondrial DNA analysis revealed the presence of three Lepus species which are different from both Lepus capensis and L. victoriae and which have contiguous, partially overlapping geographical ranges. One of the species, found in the western Sahara (Morocco), is new (Lepus saharae sp. nov.). The other two species (Lepus mediterraneus Wagner, 1841 and Lepus schlumbergeri Remy-St. Loup, 1894) inhabit the northern and central regions of Morocco. The distributions of at least two of the three species extend to countries other than Morocco. Various eco-evolutionary pressures have masked this diversity until now. Certainly, the species have had to adapt to different habitats that include mountains and desert; and isolation of populations by distance, or because of climatic or geographical barriers has led - or at least facilitated - them to appear different. Yet some evolutionary pressures have made them converge morphologically, making it appear that there is only one species. es_ES
dc.language Inglés es_ES
dc.relation.ispartof Evolutionary Ecology Research (Online) es_ES
dc.rights Reserva de todos los derechos es_ES
dc.subject Africa es_ES
dc.subject DNA es_ES
dc.subject Holotype es_ES
dc.subject Lepus mediterraneus es_ES
dc.subject Lepus saharae es_ES
dc.subject Lepus schlumbergeri es_ES
dc.subject Phylogeny es_ES
dc.subject.classification BOTANICA es_ES
dc.title Evolutionary ecology of hares (Lepus spp.) from northwestern Africa; The problem of cryptic species and the description of a new species (Lepus saharae sp. nov.) es_ES
dc.type Artículo es_ES
dc.rights.accessRights Abierto es_ES
dc.contributor.affiliation Universitat Politècnica de València. Departamento de Ecosistemas Agroforestales - Departament d'Ecosistemes Agroforestals es_ES
dc.description.bibliographicCitation Soria-Boix, C.; Donat-Torres, MP.; Rguibi Idrissi, H.; Urios, V. (2019). Evolutionary ecology of hares (Lepus spp.) from northwestern Africa; The problem of cryptic species and the description of a new species (Lepus saharae sp. nov.). Evolutionary Ecology Research (Online). 20(5):537-555. http://hdl.handle.net/10251/167876 es_ES
dc.description.accrualMethod S es_ES
dc.relation.publisherversion https://www.evolutionary-ecology.com/issues/forthcoming/ar3207.pdf es_ES
dc.description.upvformatpinicio 537 es_ES
dc.description.upvformatpfin 555 es_ES
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion es_ES
dc.description.volume 20 es_ES
dc.description.issue 5 es_ES
dc.identifier.eissn 1937-3791 es_ES
dc.relation.pasarela S\422431 es_ES


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