Observatory of Herpetology

Donostia / San Sebastián, Spain

Observatory of Herpetology

Donostia / San Sebastián, Spain
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Andree K.,IRTA Sant Carles de la Rapita | Axtner J.,Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research | Bagley M.J.,U S WEST | Barlow E.J.,UK Center for Ecology and Hydrology | And 142 more authors.
Molecular Ecology Resources | Year: 2010

This article documents the addition of 396 microsatellite marker loci to the Molecular Ecology Resources Database. Loci were developed for the following species: Anthocidaris crassispina, Aphis glycines, Argyrosomus regius, Astrocaryum sciophilum, Dasypus novemcinctus, Delomys sublineatus, Dermatemys mawii, Fundulus heteroclitus, Homalaspis plana, Jumellea rossii, Khaya senegalensis, Mugil cephalus, Neoceratitis cyanescens, Phalacrocorax aristotelis, Phytophthora infestans, Piper cordulatum, Pterocarpus indicus, Rana dalmatina, Rosa pulverulenta, Saxifraga oppositifolia, Scomber colias, Semecarpus kathalekanensis, Stichopus monotuberculatus, Striga hermonthica, Tarentola boettgeri and Thermophis baileyi. These loci were cross-tested on the following species: Aphis gossypii, Sooretamys angouya, Euryoryzomys russatus, Fundulus notatus, Fundulus olivaceus, Fundulus catenatus, Fundulus majalis, Jumellea fragrans, Jumellea triquetra Jumellea recta, Jumellea stenophylla, Liza richardsonii, Piper marginatum, Piper aequale, Piper darienensis, Piper dilatatum, Rana temporaria, Rana iberica, Rana pyrenaica, Semecarpus anacardium, Semecarpus auriculata, Semecarpus travancorica, Spondias acuminata, Holigarna grahamii, Holigarna beddomii, Mangifera indica, Anacardium occidentale, Tarentola delalandii, Tarentola caboverdianus and Thermophis zhaoermii. © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Sarasola-Puente V.,Observatory of Herpetology | Sarasola-Puente V.,University of the Basque Country | Sarasola-Puente V.,University of Salamanca | Madeira M.J.,University of the Basque Country | And 3 more authors.
Conservation Genetics | Year: 2012

The increasing fragmentation of natural habitats may strongly affect patterns of dispersal and gene flow among populations, and thus alter evolutionary dynamics. We examined genetic variation at twelve microsatellite loci in the Agile frog (Rana dalmatina) from 22 breeding ponds in the Iberian Peninsula, the southwest limit of its range, where populations of this species are severely fragmented and are of conservation concern. We investigated genetic diversity, structure and gene flow within and among populations. Diversity as observed heterozygosities ranged from 0. 257 to 0. 586. The mean number of alleles was 3. 6. Just one population showed a significant F IS value. Four populations show evidence of recent bottlenecks. Strong pattern of structure was observed due to isolation by distance and to landscape structure. The average degree of genetic differentiation among populations was F ST = 0. 185. Three operational conservation units with metapopulation structure were identified. Additionally, there are some other isolated populations. The results reinforce the view that amphibian populations are highly structured even in small geographic areas. The knowledge of genetic structure pattern and gene flow is fundamental information for developing programmes for the preservation of R. dalmatina at the limits of its geographic distribution. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Sarasola-Puente V.,Observatory of Herpetology | Sarasola-Puente V.,University of the Basque Country | Sarasola-Puente V.,University of Salamanca | Gosa A.,Observatory of Herpetology | And 3 more authors.
Zoology | Year: 2011

The mean age of a population of agile frogs (Rana dalmatina) from the Iberian Peninsula was estimated using mark and recapture and skeletochronology. Life-history parameters, including growth rate, body length, age and size at maturity, sexual dimorphism and longevity, were studied. The regression between age and snout-vent length (SVL) was highly significant in both sexes. Males reached sexual maturity at two years of age, although sometimes they can reach it at only one year of age. The average SVL at maturity was 51.75. mm (standard error (SE) = 0.71; n = 45). Females reached sexual maturity at two years of age with an average SVL of 62.14. mm (SE = 2.20; n = 14). A subset of the female population reached sexual maturity at three years of age. Growth was rapid until sexual maturity was reached. There was an overlap of SVL between different age classes. Growth was continuous, fulfilling the conditions of Von Bertalanffy's model. The growth coefficient (K) was 0.840 in males and 0.625 in females. The maximum SVL was greater in females (73.00. mm) than in males (59.50. mm). Sexual dimorphism was significantly biased towards females in all age classes. The maximum longevity observed was 6 years in females and 8 years in males. Management strategies for agile frogs should take into account factors such as these life-history characteristics. © 2011 Elsevier GmbH.

Valdeon A.,Observatory of Herpetology | Crespo-Diaz A.,Observatory of Herpetology | Egana-Callejo A.,Observatory of Herpetology | Gosa A.,Observatory of Herpetology
Aquatic Invasions | Year: 2010

The pond slider (Trachemys scripta), an American species considered one of the most harmful invasives in the world, has spread worldwide to many regions, including the Iberian Peninsula, where it is able to reproduce. Therefore, many eradication campaigns are being held in several places and various methods of elimination and trap models have been tried. We present the Aranzadi Turtle Trap (ATT), which has been tested with great effectiveness in a fluvial backwater stretch of the Arga River in Pamplona. Along with the ATT other traps were utilized, but they did not yield any results, while the ATT captured at least 70% of the detected Trachemys. Other new records of pond slider in Navarre are reported. © 2010 The Author(s).

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