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New records and search for contact zones among parapatric vipers in the genus Vipera (barani, kaznakovi, darevskii, eriwanensis), Montivipera (wagneri, raddei), and Macrovipera (lebetina) in northeastern Anatolia

Mebert, Konrad and Göçmen, Bayram and Igci, Nasit and Oguz, Mehmet Anil and Karis, Mert and Ursenbacher, Sylvain. (2015) New records and search for contact zones among parapatric vipers in the genus Vipera (barani, kaznakovi, darevskii, eriwanensis), Montivipera (wagneri, raddei), and Macrovipera (lebetina) in northeastern Anatolia. Herpetological bulletin, 133. pp. 13-22.

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Abstract

North-eastern anatolia harbours a high diversity of viperid snakes with only a limited knowledge about their distribution and with relationships among these vipers not yet fully resolved. Moreover, information on habitat attributes for most of these vipers is scarce. We initiated a multi-year project to improve our knowledge on their distribution and habitat preferences, especially by searching contact zones of closely related and ecologically similar species and evaluate potential gene ow and species integrity. in this context and as an intermittent step, we report new localities nearby putative contact zones. thus, herein we present new information on the distribution of Vipera barani, V. kaznakovi, V. darevskii, V. eriwanensis, Montivipera wagneri, M. raddei and Macrovipera lebetina based on our eld work and third sources provided to us. With these data, we were able to reduce the distribution gaps between three pairs of “parapatric”, related or ecologically similar, viper species (genus Vipera) by mostly 50%, and detected a putative contact zone in a fourth species pair (genus Montivipera). all putative contact zones are discussed in an ecological context. in addition, we add new sites of M. lebetina in the Province artvin and discuss its northern limit in turkey.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Integrative Biologie > Naturschutzbiologie (Baur)
UniBasel Contributors:Ursenbacher, Sylvain
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:British Herpetological Society
ISSN:1473-0928
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:30 Aug 2016 09:33
Deposited On:30 Aug 2016 09:33

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