SquaMates Ep. 4: A Newt Hope
The fourth episode of the SquaMates podcast! You wanted more snake genomes? You got them! You wanted more controversy? Double dose! This show is rife with bad puns and brilliant science, hosted by Mark D. Scherz, Gabriel Ugueto, and Ethan Kocak!
In this fourth episode, we revisit the Toxicofera, whinge about how busy we all are, mourn the loss of priceless collections, and bring you some hot new science from the last month! These breaking newts include some new snake genomes, some shockingly complicated methods, and a strong message of STAHP SENDING SALAMANDERS OVERSEAS! Our main discussion is a free-form conversation about the way we think about invasive species, and how it is often based on gut feelings, rather than evidence (which discuss without mentioning any primary literature). The featured #HERper is Rose Marie Antoinette Blommers-Schlösser, whose work did wonders for researchers studying Madagascar’s amphibians.
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Koch, N.M. & Gauthier, J.A. (2018) Noise and biases in genomic data may underlie radically different hypotheses for the position of Iguania within Squamata. PloS ONE, 13, e0202729. 10.1371/journal.pone.0202729
Works in Froggress
Breaking Newts References:
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Miralles, A., Marin, J., Markus, D., Herrel, A., Hedges, S.B. & Vidal, N. (in press) Molecular evidence for the paraphyly of Scolecophidia and its evolutionary implications. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 10.1111/jeb.13373
Opazo, J.C. & Zavala, K. (2018) Phylogenetic evidence for independent origins of GDF1 and GDF3 genes in anurans and mammals. Scientific Reports, 8, 13595. 10.1038/s41598-018-31954-w
Shibata, H., Chijiwa, T., Oda-Ueda, N., Nakamura, H., Yamaguchi, K., Hattori, S., Matsubara, K., Matsuda, Y., Yamashita, A. & Isomoto, A. (2018) The habu genome reveals accelerated evolution of venom protein genes. Scientific Reports, 8, 11300. 10.1038/s41598-018-28749-4
Burbrink, F.T. & Gehara, M. (2018) The biogeography of deep time phylogenetic reticulation. Systematic Biology, 67, 743–755. 10.1093/sysbio/syy019
Li, J.-T., Gao, Y.-D., Xie, L., Deng, C., Shi, P., Guan, M.-L., Huang, S., Ren, J.-L., Wu, D.-D. & Ding, L. (2018) Comparative genomic investigation of high-elevation adaptation in ectothermic snakes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 201805348. 10.1073/pnas.1805348115
Sun, A.X., Londono, R., Hudnall, M.L., Tuan, R.S. & Lozito, T.P. (2018) Differences in neural stem cell identity and differentiation capacity drive divergent regenerative outcomes in lizards and salamanders. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 201803780. 10.1073/pnas.1803780115
*This paper was discussed in the news segment of Episode 42 of the Common Descent Podcast
McGlothlin, J.W., Kobiela, M.E., Wright, H.V., Mahler, D.L., Kolbe, J.J., Losos, J.B. & Brodie III, E.D. (2018) Adaptive radiation along a deeply conserved genetic line of least resistance in Anolis lizards. Evolution Letters, 2, 310–322. 10.1002/evl3.72
*This extremely complicated paper is summarised on the Evolution Letters editor’s blog.
Fitzpatrick, L.D., Pasmans, F., Martel, A. & Cunningham, A.A. (2018) Epidemiological tracing of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans identifies widespread infection and associated mortalities in private amphibian collections. Scientific Reports, 8, 13845. 10.1038/s41598-018-31800-z
#HERper further reading:
Blommers-Schlösser, R.M.A. & Blanc, C.P. (1991) Amphibiens (première partie). Faune de Madagascar, 75, 1–397. [can be purchased here]
Blommers-Schlösser, R.M.A. & Blanc, C.P. (1993) Amphibiens (duexième partie). Faune de Madagascar, 75, 385–530. [can be purchased here]
Blommers-Schlösser, R.M.A. (1975) Observations on the larval development of some Malagasy frogs, with notes on their ecology and biology (Anura: Dyscophinae, Scaphiophryninae, and Cophylinae). Beaufortia, 24, 7–26. [pdf available here]
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