Genomic analysis of Bornean geckos (Gekkonidae : Cyrtodactylus) reveals need for updated taxonomy.

Hayden R., Davis and Izneil, Nashriq and Kyra S., Woytek and Shanelle A., Wikramanayake and Aaron M., Bauer and Benjamin R., Karin and Ian G., Brennan and Djoko T., Iskandar and Indraneil, Das (2023) Genomic analysis of Bornean geckos (Gekkonidae : Cyrtodactylus) reveals need for updated taxonomy. Zoologica Scripta, 52 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN 1463-6409

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Using molecular genetic data, recognised diversity within the gecko genus Cyrtodactylus has more than doubled, with many lineagesthat were once thought to be wide-ranging being delimited into multiple independent species. On the Southeast Asian island of Borneo, there has been a recent renewed focus on reptile taxonomy, as genetic data have demonstrated a high amount of unrecognised biodiversity. We herein advance this taxonomic trend by delimiting three distinct species within the Cyrtodactylus consobrinus species complex: C. consobrinus, C. kapitensis sp. n., and C. hutan sp. n. To do so, we use a combination of ddRADseq and single-locus data, and morphological data. Using genomic data, we test species and population boundaries within the consobrinus species complex and show minimal population structure but high species-level diversity. Despite not finding uniquely diagnostic morphological characters to delimit the new species, we suggest a combination of characters that can be used to identify each lineage. Lastly, we use our data to comment on the status of C. malayanus, with indications that this lineage is also better considered a species complex. These data highlight the prevalence of unrecognised lineages on Borneo, many of which face threats due to increasing deforestation and other anthropogenic pressures.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Uncontrolled Keywords: ddRADseq, morphology, multispecies coalescent, population genetics, Southeast Asia, species delimitation.
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Depositing User: Das
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2023 06:57
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2023 00:55

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