n African Zoology - Genetic variability in the ocellated lizard in Morocco

Volume 45, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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The ocellated lizards in the complex include the largest lacertids living in continental Europe and North Africa. Long considered a single species (), the division of the North African ocellated lizards into two species, in Tunisia and Algeria, and in Morocco, is now accepted. In this study we investigated the patterns of genetic diversity in and across North Africa. We analysed 12s rRNA and 16s r RNA mtDNA fragments of 26 new samples plus 19 sequences from previous studies, using parsimony, likelihood and Bayesian approaches. Our results confirm the two North African species as well-defined entities. Within from Morocco, three genetically divergent lineages with geographic congruence were uncovered; one in the north, another widely spread across Central Morocco and one in the High Atlas and farther south. A high level of divergence among the Moroccan lineages suggests the split occurred just after the divergence between and . Similar patterns have been found in other species, although more studies are needed to understand the biogeographical events shaping the complex diversity in this region.

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