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


Salvador Carranza Gil Dolz Del Castellar

Carranza Gil Dolz Del Castellar, Salvador
CSIC Research Scientist
Systematics, Biogeography and Evolution of Reptiles and Amphibians

Bernat Burriel Carranza

Burriel Carranza, Bernat
Predoctoral Researcher
Systematics, Biogeography and Evolution of Reptiles and Amphibians

Maria Estarellas Sciarmella

Estarellas Sciarmella, Maria
Scientific Support Personnel
Systematics, Biogeography and Evolution of Reptiles and Amphibians

Gabriel Mochales Riaño

Mochales Riaño, Gabriel
Predoctoral Researcher
Systematics, Biogeography and Evolution of Reptiles and Amphibians

Adrián Talavera Payan

Talavera Payan, Adrián
Predoctoral Researcher-INPhINIT " La Caixa "
Systematics, Biogeography and Evolution of Reptiles and Amphibians

Sergi Alexander Tulloch Jiménez

Tulloch Jiménez, Sergi Alexander
Master Student
Systematics, Biogeography and Evolution of Reptiles and Amphibians

Tejero-Cicuéndez H, Menéndez I, Talavera A, Riaño G, Burriel-Carranza B, Simó-Riudalbas M, Carranza S, Adams DC. 2023. Evolution along allometric lines of least resistance: Morphological differentiation in Pristurus geckos. Evolution. DOI:10.1093/evolut/qpad166

Mochales-Riaño G, Fontsere C, de Manuel M, Talavera A, Burriel-Carranza B, Tejero-Cicuéndez H, AlGethami RHM, Shobrak M, Marques-Bonet T, Carranza S. 2023. Genomics reveals introgression and purging of deleterious mutations in the Arabian leopard (Panthera pardus nimr). iScience, 26(9):107481. DOI:10.1016/j.isci.2023.107481

Burriel-Carranza B, Mazuch T, Estarellas M, Talavera A, Riaño G, Koppetsch T, Tamar K, Tejero-Cicuéndez H, Saadi SA, Busais S, Kratochvíl L, Shobrak M, Šmíd J, Carranza S. 2023. Pristurus guweirensis Haas, 1943 (Gekkota: Sphaerodactylidae): the most abundant and widely distributed species of Pristurus previously referred to as Pristurus sp. 1. Zootaxa, 5297(4):594-599. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.5297.4.9

Burriel-Carranza B, Estarellas M, Riaño G, Talavera A, Tejero-Cicuéndez H, Els J, Carranza S. 2023. Species boundaries to the limit: integrating species delimitation methods is critical to avoid taxonomic inflation in the case of the Hajar Banded Ground Gecko (Trachydactylus hajarensis). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2023.107834

Tejero-Cicuéndez H, Patton AH, Caetano DS, Šmíd J, Harmon LJ, Carranza S. 2022. Reconstructing Squamate Biogeography in Afro-Arabia Reveals the Influence of a Complex and Dynamic Geologic Past. Systematic Biology, 71(2):261-272. DOI: 10.1093/sysbio/syab025.

Tomé B, Maia J, Perera A, Carranza S, Vasconcelos R. 2021. Parasites in a hotspot: Diversity and specificity patterns of apicomplexans infecting reptiles from the Socotra Archipelago. Parasitology, 148(1):42-52. DOI:10.1017/S0031182020002000

Tejero-Cicuéndez H, Simó-Riudalbas M, Menéndez I, Carranza S. 2021. Ecological specialization, rather than the island effect, explains morphological diversification in an ancient radiation of geckos. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 288(1965):6. DOI:10.1098/rspb.2021.1821

Tamar K, Els J, Kornilios P, Soorae P, Tarroso P, Thanou E, Pereira J, Shah JN, Elhassan EEM, Aguhob JC, Badaam SF, Eltayeb MM, Pusey R, Papenfuss TJ, Macey JR, Carranza S. 2021. The demise of a wonder: Evolutionary history and conservation assessments of the Wonder Gecko Teratoscincus keyserlingii (Gekkota, Sphaerodactylidae) in Arabia. PLoS One, 16(1): 1–23. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0244150. 

Šmíd J, Sindaco R, Shobrak M, Busais S, Tamar K, Aghová T, Simó-Riudalbas M, Tarroso P, Geniez P, Crochet PA, Els J, Burriel-Carranza B, Tejero-Cicuéndez H, Carranza S. 2021. Diversity patterns and evolutionary history of Arabian squamates. Journal of Biogeography, 48: 1183–1199. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.14070

Šmíd J, Uvizl M, Shobrak M, Salim AFA, AlGethami RHM, Algethami AR, Alanazi ASK, Alsubaie SD, Busais S, Carranza S. 2021. 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

Pola L, Hejduk V, Zíka A, Winkelhöfer T, Šmíd J, Carranza S, Shobrak M, Abu Baker M, Amr ZS. 2021. Small and overlooked: Phylogeny of the genus Trigonodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae), with the first record of Trigonodactylus arabicus from Jordan. Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences, 28(6):3511-3516. DOI:10.1016/j.sjbs.2021.03.019

Machado L, Salvi D, James Harris D, Brito JC, Crochet PA, Geniez P, Ahmadzadeh F, Carranza S. 2021. Systematics, biogeography and evolution of the Saharo-Arabian naked-toed geckos genus Tropiocolotes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 155(106969). DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2020.106969

Kelly M, Pasmans F, Muñoz JF, Shea TP, Carranza S, Cuomo CA, Martel A. 2021. Diversity, multifaceted evolution, and facultative saprotrophism in the European Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans epidemic. Nature Communications, 12(1):6688. DOI:10.1038/s41467-021-27005-0

Deepak V, Passos P, Nagy ZT, Zaher H, Šmíd J, Nguyen TQ, Carranza S, Cisneros-Heredia DF, David P, Tamar K, Gower DJ. 2021. Contributions to ophiology in Zootaxa 2001–2020: patterns and trends. Zootaxa, 4979 (1):17-22. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.4979.1.4

Calvete JJ, Pla D, Els J, Carranza S, Damm M, Hempel BF, John EBO, Petras D, Heiss P, Nalbantsoy A, Göçmen B, Süssmuth RD, Calderón-Celis F, Nosti AJ, Encinar JR. 2021. Combined Molecular and Elemental Mass Spectrometry Approaches for Absolute Quanti fi cation of Proteomes : Application to the Venomics Characterization of the Two Species of Desert Black Cobras , Walterinnesia aegyptia and Walterinnesia morgani. Journal of proteome Research, 20(11):5064-5078. DOI:10.1021/acs.jproteome.1c00608

Vasconcelos R, Pujol-Buxó E, Llorente GA, Saeed A, Carranza S. 2020. Micro-hotspots for conservation: An umbrella tree species for the unique socotran reptile fauna. Forests, 11(3):1-10. DOI:10.3390/f11030353

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, 146(106749):106749. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2020.106749

Greener MS, Verbrugghe E, Kelly M, Blooi M, Beukema W, Canessa S, Carranza S, Croubels S, De Troyer N, Fernandez-Giberteau D, Goethals P, Lens L, Li Z, Stegen G, Strubbe D, van Leeuwenberg R, Van Praet S, Vila-Escale M, Vervaeke M, Pasmans F, Martel A. 2020. Presence of low virulence chytrid fungi could protect European amphibians from more deadly strains. Nature Communications, 11(1):5393. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-19241-7

Yamaguchi N, Vasconcelos R, Mohamed T, Abdel-Fattah Ahmed T, Alatalo JM, Barnett R. 2019. Toads in Qatar: The species present and their probable original source. Journal of Arid Environments, 160:91-94. DOI:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2018.09.012

Tamar K, Chirio L, Shobrak M, Busais S, Carranza S. 2019. Using multilocus approach to uncover cryptic diversity within Pseudotrapelus lizards from Saudi Arabia. Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences, 26(7):1442-1449. DOI:10.1016/j.sjbs.2019.05.006

Tamar K, Simó-Riudalbas M, Garcia-Porta J, Santos X, Llorente G, Vasconcelos R, Carranza S. 2019. An integrative study of island diversification: Insights from the endemic Haemodracon geckos of the Socotra Archipelago. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 133:166-175. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2019.01.009

Tamar K, Mitsi P, Carranza S. 2019. Cryptic diversity revealed in the leaf-toed gecko Asaccus montanus (Squamata, Phyllodactylidae) from the Hajar Mountains of Arabia. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 57(2):369-382. DOI:10.1111/jzs.12258

Simó-Riudalbas M, Tamar K, Šmíd J, Mitsi P, Sindaco R, Chirio L, Carranza S. 2019. Biogeography of Mesalina (Reptilia: Lacertidae), with special emphasis on the Mesalina adramitana group from Arabia and the Socotra Archipelago. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 137:300-312. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2019.04.023

Oromi N, Valbuena-Ureña E, Soler-Membrives A, Amat F, Camarasa S, Carranza S, Sanuy D, Denoël M. 2019. Genetic structure of lake and stream populations in a Pyrenean amphibian (Calotriton asper) reveals evolutionary significant units associated with paedomorphosis. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 57(2):418-430. DOI:10.1111/jzs.12250

Machado L, Šmíd J, Mazuch T, Sindaco R, Al Shukaili AS, Carranza S. 2019. Systematics of the Saharo-Arabian clade of the Palearctic naked-toed geckos with the description of a new species of Tropiocolotes endemic to Oman. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 57(1):159-178. DOI:10.1111/jzs.12226

Karlsson Linnér R, Biroli P, Kong E, Meddens SFW, Wedow R, Fontana MA, Lebreton M, Tino SP, Abdellaoui A, Hammerschlag AR, Nivard MG, Okbay A, Rietveld CA, Timshel PN, Trzaskowski M, Vlaming R, Zünd CL, Bao Y, Buzdugan L, Caplin AH, Chen CY, Eibich P, Fontanillas P, Gonzalez JR, Joshi PK, Karhunen V, Kleinman A, Levin RZ, Lill CM, Meddens GA, Muntané G, Sanchez-Roige S, Rooij FJV, Taskesen E, Wu Y, Zhang F; 23and Me Research Team; eQTLgen Consortium; International Cannabis Consortium; Social Science Genetic Association Consortium, Auton A, Boardman JD, Clark DW, Conlin A, Dolan CC, Fischbacher U, Groenen PJF, Harris KM, Hasler G, Hofman A, Ikram MA, Jain S, Karlsson R, Kessler RC, Kooyman M, MacKillop J, Männikkö M, Morcillo-Suarez C, McQueen MB, Schmidt KM, Smart MC, Sutter M, Thurik AR, Uitterlinden AG, White J, Wit H, Yang J, Bertram L, Boomsma DI, Esko T, Fehr E, Hinds DA, Johannesson M, Kumari M, Laibson D, Magnusson PKE, Meyer MN, Navarro A, Palmer AA, Pers TH, Posthuma D, Schunk D, Stein MB, Svento R, Tiemeier H, Timmers PRHJ, Turley P, Ursano RJ, Wagner GG, Wilson JF, Gratten J, Lee JJ, Cesarini D, Benjamin DJ, Koellinger PD, Beauchamp JP. 2019. Genome-wide association analyses of risk tolerance and risky behaviors in over 1 million individuals identify hundreds of loci and shared genetic influences. Nature Genetics, 51(2):245-257. DOI:10.1038/s41588-018-0309-3

Burriel-Carranza B, Tarroso P, Els J, Gardner A, Soorae P, Mohammed AA, Tubati SRK, Eltayeb MM, Shah JN, Tejero-Cicuéndez H, Simó-Riudalbas M, Pleguezuelos JM, Fernández-Guiberteau D, Šmíd J, Carranza S. 2019. An integrative assessment of the diversity, phylogeny, distribution, and conservation of the terrestrial reptiles (Sauropsida, Squamata) of the United Arab Emirates. PLoS One, 14(5): 1-14. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0216273.

Vasconcelos R, Razgour O, Tarroso P, Fasola M, Carranza S, Alves PC. 2018. Combining molecular and landscape tools for targeting evolutionary processes in reserve design: An approach for islands. PLoS ONE, 13(7):1-20. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0200830

Valbuena-Ureña E, Oromi N, Soler-Membrives A, Carranza S, Amat F, Camarasa S, Denoël M, Guillaume O, Sanuy D, Loyau A, Schmeller DS, Steinfartz S. 2018. Jailed in the mountains: Genetic diversity and structure of an endemic newt species across the Pyrenees. PLoS ONE, 13(8):1-23. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0200214

Thanou E, Kornilios P. 2018. Next-generation sequencing yields the complete mitochondrial genome of the endangered Milos viper Macrovipera schweizeri (Reptilia, Viperidae). Mitochondrial DNA Part B: Resources, 3(2):1250-1251. DOI:10.1080/23802359.2018.1532348

Tamar K, Metallinou M, Wilms T, Schmitz A, Crochet PA, Geniez P, Carranza S. 2018. Evolutionary history of spiny-tailed lizards (Agamidae: Uromastyx) from the Saharo-Arabian region. Zoologica Scripta, 47(2):159-173. DOI:10.1111/zsc.12266

Tallowin OJS, Tamar K, Meiri S, Allison A, Kraus F, Richards SJ, Oliver PM. 2018. Early insularity and subsequent mountain uplift were complementary drivers of diversification in a Melanesian lizard radiation (Gekkonidae: Cyrtodactylus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 125:29-39. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2018.03.020

Stark G, Tamar K, Itescu Y, Feldman A, Meiri S. 2018. Cold and isolated ectotherms: Drivers of reptilian longevity. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 125(4):730-740. DOI:10.1093/BIOLINNEAN/BLY153

Sindaco R, Simó-Riudalbas M, Sacchi R, Carranza S. 2018. Systematics of the Mesalina guttulata species complex (Squamata: Lacertidae) from Arabia with the description of two new species. Zootaxa, 4429(3):513-547. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.4429.3.4

Simó-Riudalbas M, Tarroso P, Papenfuss T, Al-Sariri T, Carranza S. 2018. Systematics, biogeography and evolution of Asaccus gallagheri (Squamata, Phyllodactylidae) with the description of a new endemic species from Oman. Systematics and Biodiversity, 16(4):323-339. DOI:10.1080/14772000.2017.1403496

Salvi D, Mendes J, Carranza S, Harris DJ. 2018. Evolution, biogeography and systematics of the western Palaearctic Zamenis ratsnakes. Zoologica Scripta, 47(4):441-461. DOI:10.1111/zsc.12295

Salvi D, Perera A, Sampaio FL, Carranza S, Harris DJ. 2018. Underground cryptic speciation within the Maghreb: Multilocus phylogeography sheds light on the diversification of the checkerboard worm lizard Trogonophis wiegmanni. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 120:118-128. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2017.11.013

Mendes J, Salvi D, Harris DJ, Els J, Carranza S. 2018. Hidden in the Arabian Mountains: Multilocus phylogeny reveals cryptic diversity in the endemic Omanosaura lizards. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 56(3):395-407. DOI:10.1111/jzs.12210

Kindler C, de Pous P, Carranza S, Beddek M, Geniez P, Fritz U. 2018. Phylogeography of the Ibero-Maghrebian red-eyed grass snake (Natrix astreptophora). Organisms Diversity and Evolution, 18(1):143-150. DOI:10.1007/s13127-017-0354-2

Gonçalves DV, Martínez-Freiría F, Crochet P-A, Geniez P, Carranza S, Brito JC. 2018. The role of climatic cycles and trans-Saharan migration corridors in species diversification: Biogeography of Psammophis schokari group in North Africa. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 118:64-74. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2017.09.009

Gonçalves D V., Pereira P, Velo-Antón G, James Harris D, Carranza S, Brito JC. 2018. Assessing the role of aridity-induced vicariance and ecological divergence in species diversification in North-West Africa using Agama lizards. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 124(3):363-380. DOI:10.1093/biolinnean/bly055

Gil R, Vargas-Chavez C, López-Madrigal S, Santos-García D, Latorre A, Moya A. 2018. Tremblaya phenacola PPER: An evolutionary beta-gammaproteobacterium collage. ISME Journal, 12(1):124-135. DOI:10.1038/ismej.2017.144

Carranza S, Xipell M, Tarroso P, Gardner A, Arnold EN, Robinson MD, Simó-Riudalbas M, Vasconcelos R, de Pous P, Amat F, Šmíd J, Sindaco R, Metallinou M, Els J, Pleguezuelos JM, Machado L, Donaire D, Martínez G, Garcia-Porta J, Mazuch T, Wilms T, Gebhart J, Aznar J, Gallego J, Zwanzig BM, Fernández-Guiberteau D, Papenfuss T, Al Saadi S, Alghafri A, Khalifa S, Al Farqani H, Bait Bilal S, Alazri IS, Al Adhoobi AS, Al Omairi ZS, Al Shariani M, Al Kiyumi A, Al Sariri T, Al Shukaili AS, Al Akhzami SN. 2018. Diversity, distribution and conservation of the terrestrial reptiles of Oman (Sauropsida, Squamata). PLoS ONE 13(2): e0190389. DOI:10.1093/nar/gkx943

Vasconcelos R, Rocha S, Santos X. 2017. Sharing refuges on arid islands: Ecological and social influence on aggregation behaviour of wall geckos. PeerJ, 2017(1):1-16. DOI:10.7717/peerj.2802

Valbuena-Ureña E, Soler-Membrives A, Steinfartz S, Alonso M, Carbonell F, Larios-Martín R, Obon E, Carranza S. 2017. Getting off to a good start? Genetic evaluation of the ex situ conservation project of the Critically Endangered Montseny brook newt (Calotriton arnoldi). PeerJ, 2017(6):e3447. DOI:10.7717/peerj.3447

Valbuena-Ureña E, Soler-Membrives A, Steinfartz S, Orozco-TerWengel P, Carranza S. 2017. No signs of inbreeding despite long-Term isolation and habitat fragmentation in the critically endangered Montseny brook newt (Calotriton arnoldi). Heredity, 118(5):424-435. DOI:10.1038/hdy.2016.123

Tarroso P, Simó-Riudalbas M, Carranza S. 2017. The complete mitochondrial genome of Pristurus rupestris rupestris. Mitochondrial DNA Part B: Resources, 2(2):802-803. DOI:10.1080/23802359.2017.1398612

Šmíd J, Shobrak M, Wilms T, Joger U, Carranza S. 2017. Endemic diversification in the mountains: genetic, morphological, and geographical differentiation of the Hemidactylus geckos in southwestern Arabia. Organisms Diversity and Evolution, 17(1):267-285. DOI:10.1007/s13127-016-0293-3

Simó-Riudalbas M, Metallinou M, de Pous P, Els J, Jayasinghe S, Péntek-Zakar E, Wilms T, Al-Saadi S, Carranza S. 2017. Cryptic diversity in ptyodactylus (reptilia: gekkonidae) from the northern hajar mountains of Oman and the United Arab Emirates uncovered by an integrative taxonomic approach. PLoS ONE, 12(8):1-25. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0180397

Mendes J, Harris DJ, Carranza S, Salvi D. 2017. Biogeographical crossroad across the Pillars of Hercules: Evolutionary history of Psammodromus lizards in space and time. Journal of Biogeography, 44(12):2877-2890. doi:10.1111/jbi.13100

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