The research of this lab focuses on the application of reptile and amphibian phylogenies to understand how biodiversity is generated and maintained. There is also a focus on inferring the biogeographical and evolutionary patterns of the groups studied, to revise their taxonomy and conserve them. Although the research carried out by this lab include the study of many different reptile and amphibian groups, its main interest is the faunas of the Mediterranean Basin and Arabia, including some oceanic and continental islands, such as the Canary and Cape Verde islands and the Socotra Archipelago.

Lab website: Carranza Lab


Principal Investigator Principal Investigator

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Publications Publications

Šmíd J, Uvizl M.; Shobrak M.; Salim A.F.A.; AlGethami R.H.M.; Algethami A.R.; Alanazi A.S.K; Alsubaie S.D.; Busais S. and Carranza S. 2020. Swimming through the sands of the Sahara and Arabian deserts: Phylogeny of sandfish skinks (Scincidae, Scincus) reveals a recent and rapid diversification. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 155:107012. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2020.107012.

Vasconcelos, R.; Pujol-Buxó, E.; Llorente, G.A.; Saeed, A.; Carranza, S. 2020. Micro-Hotspots for Conservation: An Umbrella Tree Species for the Unique Socotran Reptile FaunaForests.

Tomé B.; Maia J.; Perera A.; Carranza S. and Vasconcelos R. 2020. Parasites in a hotspot:diversity and specificity patterns of apicomplexans infecting reptiles from the Socotra Archipelago. Parasitology. 44136 doi: 10.1017/S0031182020002000.

Slavenko A.; Tamar K.; Tallowin OJS, Allison A, Kraus F, Carranza S, Meiri S. 2020. Cryptic diversity and non-adaptive radiation of montane New Guinea skinks (Papuascincus; Scincidae).. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2020.106749

Machado L.; Salvi D.; James Harris D.; Brito J.C.; Crochet P.A.; Geniez P.; Ahmadzadeh F. and Carranza S. 2020. Systematics, biogeography and evolution of the Saharo-Arabian naked-toed geckos genus Tropiocolotes.  Mol Phylogenet Evol. 106969 doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2020.106969.