Comparative phylogeography of three rainforest-restricted lizards from mid-east Queensland

Stuart-Fox, Devi M., Schneider, Christopher J., Moritz, Craig and Couper, Patrick J. (2001) Comparative phylogeography of three rainforest-restricted lizards from mid-east Queensland. Australian Journal of Zoology, 49 2: 119-127. doi:10.1071/ZO00092

Author Stuart-Fox, Devi M.
Schneider, Christopher J.
Moritz, Craig
Couper, Patrick J.
Title Comparative phylogeography of three rainforest-restricted lizards from mid-east Queensland
Journal name Australian Journal of Zoology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-959X
Publication date 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/ZO00092
Volume 49
Issue 2
Start page 119
End page 127
Total pages 9
Editor D. W. Morton
Place of publication Collingwood, Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
270203 Population and Ecological Genetics
770703 Living resources (flora and fauna)
Abstract Several small isolates of rainforest situated on the central eastern coast of Australia are home to a rich herpetofauna, including four endemic species of leaftail geckos (Phyllurus spp.) and two skinks (Eulamprus spp.). To examine the extent and geographic pattern of historical subdivision among isolates, we assayed mtDNA variation in two species endemic to rainforests of this region (Phyllurus ossa and Eulamprus amplus) and, for comparison, a more widespread and less specialised lizard, Carlia rhomboidalis. There is a clear genetic signature of historical changes in population size and distribution in P. ossa that is consistent with Pleistocene (or earlier) rainforest contraction and subsequent expansion. Although more pronounced in the gecko, phylogeographic structure was congruent between E. amplus and P. ossa. In contrast to the saxicolous, rainforest-restricted P. ossa and E. amplus, the rainforest-generalist species, C. rhomboidalis, does not display strong geographic population structure. The differences in genetic population structure exhibited by the three species are consistent with species-specific differences in ecology.
Keyword Zoology
Rain-forest Refugia
Ice Ages
Q-Index Code C1

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