Proposal for a new taxonomic arrangement of Ichthyosaura alpestris (Laurenti, 1768) (Urodela, Salamandridae), an iconic species with a complex phylogenetic structure

Proposal for a new taxonomic arrangement of Ichthyosaura alpestris (Laurenti, 1768) (Urodela, Salamandridae), an iconic species with a complex phylogenetic structure

Jean Raffaëlli urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:E30D3EE0-2F95-43CE-87DB-DE7D77E0DCF3 The Alpine Newt Ichthyosaura alpestris, for long considered as the unique species of its genus, harbours a very complex molecular structure and is composed through its vast area of distribution in Europe of four highly divergent and old lineages which warrant each the level of species. The taxonomic situation of the genus was for years largely darkened by a lack of clear morphological divergences between the different molecular lineages, a situation unique among European newts. On the...

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