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The distributions of the six species constituting the smooth newt species complex (Lissotriton vulgaris sensu lato and L. montandoni) – an addition to the New Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles of Europe - Supplementary Material

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posted on 06.02.2018 by Ben Wielstra, Daniele Canestrelli, Milena Cvijanović, Mathieu Denoël, Anna Fijarczyk, Daniel Jablonski, Marcin Liana, Borislav Naumov, Kurtuluş Olgun, Maciej Pabijan, Alice Pezzarossa, Georgi Popgeorgiev, Daniele Salvi, Yali Si, Neftalí Sillero, Konstantinos Sotiropoulos, Piotr Zieliński, Wiesław Babik
The ‘smooth newt’, the taxon traditionally referred to as Lissotriton vulgaris, consists of multiple morphologically distinct taxa. Given the uncertainty concerning the validity and rank of these taxa, L. vulgaris sensu lato has often been treated as a single, polytypic species. A recent study, driven by genetic data, proposed to recognize five species, L. graecus, L. kosswigi, L. lantzi, L. schmidtleri and a more restricted L. vulgaris. The Carpathian newt L. montandoni was confirmed to be a closely related sister species. We propose to refer to this collective of six Lissotriton species as the smooth newt or Lissotriton vulgaris species complex. Guided by comprehensive genomic data from throughout the range of the smooth newt species complex we 1) delineate the distribution ranges, 2) provide a distribution database, and 3) produce distribution maps according to the format of the New Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles of Europe, for the six constituent species. This allows us to 4) highlight regions where more research is needed to determine the position of contact zones

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