SquaMates Ep. 11: Life, the Sphaerodactylidae, and Everything

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SquaMates Ep. 11: Life, the Sphaerodactylidae, and Everything

We’re back for our belated anniversary episode, episode 11! In this episode, the Mates, Mark D. Scherz, Gabriel Ugueto, and Ethan Kocak, talk about the hottest new research in herpetology since April 2019!

In this eleventh episode, we talk about salamander feet, burrowing lizard eyes, and the incredible gecko family Sphaerodactylidae.

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 Froggress

Mark’s three new papers:

Scherz, M.D., Köhler, J., Vences, M., Glaw, F. (2019) A new yellow-toed Platypelis species (Anura, Microhylidae, Cophylinae) from the Maroantsetra region, northeastern Madagascar. Evolutionary Systematics, 3(1):75–83. DOI:10.3897/evolsyst.3.33417 [pdf] — this is the paper Mark mentioned that was soon to be published!

Rakotoarison, A.*, Scherz, M.D.*, Bletz, M.C., Razafindraibe, J.H., Glaw, F. & Vences, M. (2019) Diversity, elevational variation, and phylogenetic origin of stump-toed frogs (Microhylidae: Cophylinae: Stumpffia) on the Marojejy massif, northern Madagascar. Salamandra, 55(2):115–123. [pdf]

Köhler, J., Vences, M., Scherz, M.D. & Glaw, F. (2019) A new species of nocturnal gecko, genus Paroedura, from the karstic Tsingy de Bemaraha formation in western Madagascar. Salamandra, 55(2):73–81. [pdf]

Dinosaurs commissioned of Gabriel by the Australian National Marine Museum

Gabriel’s artwork in the BBC Science Focus Magazine

The British cover of Believe it or Snot, the third book in the Does it Fart? trilogy

Breaking Newts

Baken EK, Adams DC (2019) Macroevolution of arboreality in salamanders. Ecology and Evolution 9(12): 7005–7016. doi:10.1002/ece3.5267

Portik DM, Bell RC, Blackburn DC, Bauer AM, Barratt CD, Branch WR, Burger M, Channing A, Colston TJ, Conradie W, Dehling JM, Drewes RC, Ernst R, Greenbaum E, Gvoždík V, Harvey J, Hillers A, Hirschfeld M, Jongsma GFM, Kielgast J, Kouete MT, Lawson LP, Leaché AD, Loader SP, Lötters S, Meijden AVD, Menegon M, Müller S, Nagy ZT, Ofori-Boateng C, Ohler A, Papenfuss TJ, Rößler D, Sinsch U, Rödel M-O, Veith M, Vindum J, Zassi-Boulou A-G, McGuire JA (2019) Sexual dichromatism drives diversification within a major radiation of African amphibians. Systematic Biology doi:10.1093/sysbio/syz023

Krohn AR, Diepeveen ET, Bi K, Rosenblum EB (2019) Local adaptation does not lead to genome-wide differentiation in lava flow lizards. Ecology and Evolution 9(12): 6810–6820. doi:10.1002/ece3.5231

Shine R, Shine T, Goiran C (2019) Morphology, reproduction and diet of the greater sea snake, Hydrophis major (Elapidae, Hydrophiinae). Coral Reefs doi:10.1007/s00338-019-01833-5

Yovanovich CAM, Pierotti MER, Rodrigues MT, Grant T (2019) A dune with a view: the eyes of a neotropical fossorial lizard. Frontiers in Zoology 16(1): 17. doi:10.1186/s12983-019-0320-2

Liu Y, Day LB, Summers K, Burmeister SS (2019) A cognitive map in a poison frog. The Journal of Experimental Biology 222(11): jeb197467. doi:10.1242/jeb.197467

Hu J, Askary AM, Thurman TJ, Spiller DA, Palmer TM, Pringle RM, Barrett RDH (2019) The epigenetic signature of colonizing new environments in Anolis lizards. Molecular Biology and Evolution doi:10.1093/molbev/msz133

Baeckens S, Llusia D, García-Roa R, Martín J (2019) Lizard calls convey honest information on body size and bite performance: a role in predator deterrence? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 73: 87. doi:10.1007/s00265-019-2695-7


Mary Cynthia Dickerson — 1866–1923

Main Discussion:

Gamble T, Bauer AM, Greenbaum E, Jackman TR (2007) Evidence for Gondwanan vicariance in an ancient clade of gecko lizards. Journal of Biogeography 35: 88–104. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2007.01770.x


Tony Gamble: twitterlab website

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