Journal article

Integrating phylogeography and high-resolution X-ray CT reveals five new cryptic species and multiple hybrid zones among Australian earless dragons

Jane Melville, Kirilee Chaplin, Christy A Hipsley, Stephen D Sarre, Joanna Sumner, Mark Hutchinson

Royal Society Open Science | ROYAL SOC | Published : 2019


Cryptic lineages, comprising species complexes with deep genetic structuring across the landscape but without distinct morphological differences, impose substantial difficulties for systematists and taxonomists in determining true species diversity. Here, we present an integrative approach that combines data from phylogeography and geometric morphometric analyses of three-dimensional cranial models to revisit the uncertain taxonomy of earless dragons from southern and central Australia that at one time or another have been included under the name Tympanocryptis lineata. Our approach finds strong support for seven previously described species, and more importantly, five undescribed Tympanocry..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Research support for this project was provided by the Department of Environment and Planning, ACT Government. C.H. is supported by an ARC DECRA (grant no. DE180100629).