SquaMates Ep. 10: The Rhacodactylus at the End of the Universe

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SquaMates Ep. 10: The Rhacodactylus at the End of the Universe

Belated and disorganised, but it is finally here! Episode ten, with the Mates, Mark D. Scherz, Gabriel Ugueto, and Ethan Kocak, talking about the hottest new research in herpetology since March 2019!

In this tenth episode, we talk about glowing frogs, diving snakes, twitter’s greatest HERpetologists, and New Caledonian geckos!

Episode notes sometimes get clipped on your device or by your podcast provider; for full (extensive) notes (and references), go to http://www.squamatespod.com

Works in Frogress:

Mark’s new paper on Mini mum, Mini scule, and Mini ature came out!

Read Mark’s new paper describing Brookesia tedi

Listen to Mark’s notes from the field on the Chameleon Breeder Podcast

Breaking Newts:

World Congress of Herpetology 2020

SEH Herpetological Conference 2019

Rasys AM, Park S, Ball RE, Alcala AJ, Lauderdale JD, Menke DB (2019) CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing in Lizards Through Microinjection of Unfertilized Oocytes. bioRxiv doi: 10.1101/591446

Schield DR, Card DC, Hales NR, Perry BW, Pasquesi GM, Blackmon H, Adams RH, Corbin AB, Smith CF, Ramesh B, Demuth JP, Betrán E, Tollis M, Meik JM, Mackessy SP, Castoe TA (2019) The origins and evolution of chromosomes, dosage compensation, and mechanisms underlying venom regulation in snakes. Genome Research. doi: 10.1101/gr.240952.118

Goutte S, Mason MJ, Antoniazzi MM, Jared C, Merle D, Cazes L, Toledo LF, el-Hafci H, Pallu S, Portier H, Schramm S, Gueriau P, Thoury M (2019) Intense bone fluorescence reveals hidden patterns in pumpkin toadlets. Scientific Reports 9(1): 5388. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-41959-8follow Sandra on twitter!

Rebouças R, Carollo AB, de Oliveira Freitas M, Lambertini C, dos Santos RMN, Toledo LF (2019) Is the conspicuous dorsal coloration of the Atlantic forest pumpkin toadlets aposematic? Salamandra 55(1): 39–47. [pdf]

Gray RJ (2019) Biofluorescent lateral patterning on the mossy bushfrog (Philautus macroscelis): the first report of biofluorescence in a rhacophorid frog. Herpetology Notes 12(363–364). [pdf] — Mark was wrong, this was the rhacophorid frog he was thinking of

Vági B, Végvári Z, Liker A, Freckleton Robert P, Székely T (2019) Parental care and the evolution of terrestriality in frogs. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 286(1900): 20182737. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.2737

Shine R (1979) Sexual Selection and Sexual Dimorphism in the Amphibia. Copeia 1979(2): 297–306. — this is the paper Mark mentioned about reasons that male frogs sometimes get larger than females

Weinell JL, Branch WR, Colston TJ, Jackman TR, Kuhn A, Conradie W, Bauer AM (2019) A species-level phylogeny of Trachylepis (Scincidae: Mabuyinae) provides insight into their reproductive mode evolution. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 136: 183-195. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2019.04.002

Pinto BJ, Card DC, Castoe TA, Diaz Jr RE, Nielsen SV, Trainor PA, Gamble T (2019) The transcriptome of the veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus): A resource for studying the evolution and development of vertebrates. Developmental Dynamics doi: 10.1002/dvdy.20

Crowe-Riddell JM, D’Anastasi BR, Nankivell JH, Rasmussen AR, Sanders KL (in press) First records of sea snakes (Elapidae: Hydrophiinae) diving to the mesopelagic zone (>200 m). Austral Ecology doi: 10.1111/aec.12717


@HellbenderHecht — Kirsten Hecht
@ToadallyPriya — Priya Nanjappa
@Afro_herper — Earyn McGee
@kwren88 — Karen Lips
@jodirowley — Jodi Rowley
@amphibs — Katy Greenwald
@anatinmyshoe — Anat Belasen
@herpomania — Sneha Dharwadkar
@abslawson — Abby Lawson
@HerpetALLogy — awesome herpers

Main discussion references:

Bauer AM, Jackman TR, Sadlier RA, Whitaker AH (2012) Revision of the giant geckos of New Caledonia (Reptilia: Diplodactylidae: Rhacodactylus). Zootaxa 3404(1): 1–52. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3404.1.1


Darren Naish: @tetzoo

Sandra Goutte: @sandra_goutte

Follow the show and the hosts on social media!

SquaMates: website • twitter • instagram • facebook

Mark D. Scherz: website • twitter • instagram • tumblr • facebook • researchgate

Gabriel Ugueto: website • twitter • instagram • facebook • artwork prints

Ethan Kocak: website • twitter • tumblr • facebook

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