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.



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
Predoctoral Researcher
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
Scientific support personnel
Systematics, Biogeography and Evolution of Reptiles and Amphibians

Sergi Alexander Tulloch Jiménez

Tulloch Jiménez, Sergi Alexander
Scientific support personnel
Systematics, Biogeography and Evolution of Reptiles and Amphibians

Maia JP, Álvares F, Boratyński Z, Brito JC, Leite J V., Harris DJ. 2014. Molecular assessment of hepatozoon (apicomplexa: Adeleorina) infections in wild canids and rodents from North Africa, with implications for transmission dynamics across taxonomic groups. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 50(4):837-848. DOI:10.7589/2013-10-280

Harris DJ, Damas-Moreira I, Maia JPMC, Perera A. 2014. First report of hepatozoon (Apicomplexa: Adeleorina) in caecilians, with description of a new species. Journal of Parasitology, 100(1):117-120. DOI:10.1645/13-203.1

Damas-Moreira I, Harris DJ, Rosado D, Tavares I, Maia JPMC, Salvi D, Perera A. 2014. Consequences of haemogregarine infection on the escape distance in the lacertid lizard, Podarcis vaucheri. Acta Herpetologica, 9(1):119-123. DOI:10.13128/Acta_Herpetol-13740

Brito JC, Godinho R, Martínez-Freiría F, Pleguezuelos JM, Rebelo H, Santos X, Vale CG, Velo-Antón G, Boratyński Z, Carvalho SB, Ferreira S, Gonçalves DV, Silva TL, Tarroso P, Campos JC, Leite JV, Nogueira J, Alvares F, Sillero N, Sow AS, Fahd S, Crochet PA, Carranza S. 2014. Unravelling biodiversity, evolution and threats to conservation in the sahara-sahel. Biological Reviews, 89(1):215-231. DOI:10.1111/brv.12049

Beukema W, Erens J, Schulz V, Stegen G, Spitzen-van der Sluijs A, Stark T, Laudelout A, Kinet T, Kirschey T, Poulain M, Miaud C, Steinfartz S, Martel A, Pasmans F.  2014. Updated distribution and biogeography of amphibians and reptiles of Europe. Amphibia Reptilia, 35(1):1-31. DOI:10.1163/15685381-00002935

Badiane A, Garcia-Porta J, Červenka J, Kratochvíl L, Sindaco R, Robinson MD, Morales H, Mazuch T, Price T, Amat F, Shobrak MY, Wilms T, Simó-Riudalbas M, Ahmadzadeh F, Papenfuss TJ, Cluchier A, Viglione J, Carranza S. 2014. Phylogenetic relationships of Semaphore geckos (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae: Pristurus) with an assessment of the taxonomy of Pristurus rupestris. Zootaxa, 3835(1):33-58. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.3835.1.2

Arnal A, Gómez-Díaz E, Cerdà-Cuéllar M, Lecollinet S, Pearce-Duvet J, Busquets N, García-Bocanegra I, Pagès N, Vittecoq M, Hammouda A, Samraoui B, Garnier R, Ramos R, Selmi S, González-Solís J, Jourdain E, Boulinier T. 2014. Circulation of a Meaban-like virus in yellow-legged gulls and seabird ticks in the Western Mediterranean Basin. PLoS ONE, 9(3). DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0089601

Vasconcelos R, Brito JC, Carranza S, Harris DJ. 2013. Review of the distribution and conservation status of the terrestrial reptiles of the Cape Verde Islands. Oryx, 47(1):77-87. DOI:10.1017/S0030605311001438

Stefan LM, Gómez-Díaz E, Mironov S. 2013. Three new species of the feather mite subfamily Ingrassiinae (Acariformes: Xolalgidae) from shearwaters and petrels (Procellariiformes: Procellariidae). Zootaxa, 3682(1):105-120. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.3682.1.4

Smíd J, Moravec J, Kratochvíl L, Gvoždík V, Nasher AK, Busais SM, Wilms T, Shobrak MY, Carranza S. 2013. Two newly recognized species of Hemidactylus (Squamata, Gekkonidae) from the Arabian Peninsula and Sinai, Egypt. ZooKeys, 355(November):79-107. DOI:10.3897/zookeys.355.6190

Šmíd J, Carranza S, Kratochvíl L, Gvoždík V, Nasher AK, Moravec J. 2013. Out of Arabia: A Complex Biogeographic History of Multiple Vicariance and Dispersal Events in the Gecko Genus Hemidactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). PLoS ONE, 8(5). DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0064018

Rato C, Carranza S, Perera A, Harris DJ. 2013. Evolutionary patterns of the mitochondrial genome in the Moorish gecko, Tarentola mauritanica. Gene, 512(1):166-173. DOI:10.1016/j.gene.2012.09.032

Metallinou M, Crochet PA. 2013. Nomenclature of African species of the genus Stenodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Zootaxa, 3691(3):365-376. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.3691.3.5

Metallinou M, Carranza S. 2013. New species of stenodactylus (squamata: Gekkonidae) from the sharqiyah sands in northeastern oman. Zootaxa, 3745(4):449-468. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.3745.4.3

Litvinchuk SN, Crottini A, Federici S, De Pous P, Donaire D, Andreone F, Kalezić ML, Džukić G, Lada GA, Borkin LJ, Rosanov JM. 2013. Phylogeographic patterns of genetic diversity in the common spadefoot toad, Pelobates fuscus (Anura: Pelobatidae), reveals evolutionary history, postglacial range expansion and secondary contact. Organisms Diversity and Evolution, 13(3):433-451. DOI:10.1007/s13127-013-0127-5

Lapiedra O, Sol D, Carranza S, Beaulieu JM. 2013. Behavioural changes and the adaptive diversification of pigeons and doves. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280(1755). DOI:10.1098/rspb.2012.2893

Kindler C, Böhme W, Corti C, Gvoždík V, Jablonski D, Jandzik D, Metallinou M, Široký P, Fritz U. 2013. Mitochondrial phylogeography, contact zones and taxonomy of grass snakes (Natrix natrix, N. megalocephala). Zoologica Scripta, 42(5):458-472. DOI:10.1111/zsc.12018

Kaliontzopoulou A, Salvi D, Gomes V, Maia JPMC, Kaliontzopoulos P. 2013. Polydactyly in the Tyrrhenian wall lizard (Podarcis tiliguerta). Acta Herpetologica, 8(1):75-78. DOI:10.13128/Acta_Herpetol-11805

Garcia-Porta J, Ord TJ. 2013. Key innovations and island colonization as engines of evolutionary diversification: A comparative test with the Australasian diplodactyloid geckos. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 26(12):2662-2680. DOI:10.1111/jeb.12261

De Pous P, Metallinou M, Donaire-Barroso D, Carranza S, Sanuy D. 2013. Integrating mtDNA analyses and ecological niche modelling to infer the evolutionary history of Alytes maurus (Amphibia; Alytidae) from Morocco. Herpetological Journal. 2013;23(3):153-160

Bogaerts S, Donaire-Barroso D, Pasmans F, Carranza S, Böhme W. 2013. Do North African Fire Salamanders, Salamandra algira, occur in Tunisia?. Herpetology Notes, 6(1):301-306

Beukema W, De Pous P, Donaire-Barroso D, Boaerts S, Garcia-Porta J, Escoriza D, Arribas OJ, El Mouden el H, Carranza S. 2013. Review of the systematics, distribution, biogeography and natural history of Moroccan amphibians. Zootaxa, 3661:1-60 DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.3661.1.1

Vasconcelos R, Perera A, Geniez P, Harris DJ, Carranza S. 2012. An integrative taxonomic revision of the Tarentola geckos (Squamata, Phyllodactylidae) of the Cape Verde Islands. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 164(2):328-360. DOI:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2011.00768.x

Vasconcelos R, Santos X, Carretero MA. 2012. High temperatures constrain microhabitat selection and activity patterns of the insular Cape Verde wall gecko. Journal of Arid Environments, 81:18-25. DOI:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2012.01.013

Vasconcelos R, Brito JC, Carvalho SB, Carranza S, James Harris D. 2012. Identifying priority areas for island endemics using genetic versus specific diversity - The case of terrestrial reptiles of the Cape Verde Islands. Biological Conservation, 153:276-286. DOI:10.1016/j.biocon.2012.04.020

Stekolnikov AA, Carranza S, Gomez-Diaz E. 2012. A new genus and species of Apoloniinae (Acari: Trombiculidae) from Oman. Zootaxa, 3499(1):74. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.3499.1.5

Sindaco R, Metallinou M, Pupin F, Fasola M, Carranza S. 2012. Forgotten in the ocean: Systematics, biogeography and evolution of the Trachylepis skinks of the Socotra Archipelago. Zoologica Scripta, 41(4):346-362. DOI:10.1111/j.1463-6409.2012.00540.x

Santos X, Rato C, Carranza S, Carretero MA, Pleguezuelos JM. 2012. Complex phylogeography in the Southern Smooth Snake (Coronella girondica) supported by mtDNA sequences. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 50(3):210-219. DOI:10.1111/j.1439-0469.2012.00663.x

Santos X, Rato C, Carranza S, Carretero MA, de la Vega JPG, Pleguezuelos JM. 2012. Morphology matches mtDNA lineages in the southern smooth snake (Coronella girondica) from Iberia. Zoology, 115(6):398-404. DOI:10.1016/j.zool.2012.05.004

Rosas A, Estalrrich A, García-Tabernero A, Bastir M, García-Vargas S, Sánchez-Meseguer A, Huguet R, Lalueza-Fox C, Peña-Melián Á, Kranioti EF, Santamaría D, De la Rasilla M, Fortea J. 2012. Les Néandertaliens d’El Sidrón (Asturies, Espagne). Actualisation d’un nouvel échantillon. Anthropologie, 116(1):57-76. DOI:10.1016/j.anthro.2011.12.003

Rato C, Carranza S, Harris DJ. 2012. Evolutionary history of the genus Tarentola (Gekkota: Phyllodactylidae) from the Mediterranean Basin, estimated using multilocus sequence data. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12(1). DOI:10.1186/1471-2148-12-14

Ord TJ, Garcia-Porta J. 2012. Is sociality required for the evolution of communicative complexity? Evidence weighed against alternative hypotheses in diverse taxonomic groups. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 367(1597):1811-1828. DOI:10.1098/rstb.2011.0215

Noel V, Leger E, Gómez-Díaz E, Risterucci AM, McCoy KD. 2012. Isolation and characterization of new polymorphic microsatellite markers for the tick ixodes ricinus (Acari: Ixodidae). Acarologia, 52(2):123-128. DOI:10.1051/acarologia/20122041

Metallinou M, Arnold EN, Crochet PA, Geniez P, Brito JC, Lymberakis P, Baha El Din S, Sindaco R, Robinson M, Carranza S. 2012. Conquering the Sahara and Arabian deserts: Systematics and biogeography of Stenodactylus geckos (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12(1). DOI:10.1186/1471-2148-12-258

Maia JPMC, Gómez-Díaz E, Harris DJ. 2012. Apicomplexa primers amplify Proteromonas (Stramenopiles, Slopalinida, Proteromonadidae) in tissue and blood samples from lizards. Acta Parasitologica, 57(4):337-341. DOI:10.2478/s11686-012-0048-z

Llorente GA, Vidal-García M, Garriga N, Carranza S, Pleguezuelos JM, Santos X. 2012. Lessons from a complex biogeographical scenario: Morphological characters match mitochondrial lineages within Iberian Coronella austriaca (Reptilia: Colubridae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 106(1):210-223. DOI:10.1111/j.1095-8312.2012.01844.x

Gómez-DÍaz E, Sindaco R, Pupin F, Fasola M, Carranza S. 2012. Origin and in situ diversification in Hemidactylus geckos of the Socotra Archipelago. Molecular Ecology, 21(16):4074-4092. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05672.x

Gómez-Díaz E, Morris-Pocock JA, González-Solís J, McCoy KD. 2012. Trans-oceanic host dispersal explains high seabird tick diversity on Cape Verde islands. Biology Letters, 8(4):616-619. DOI:10.1098/rsbl.2012.0179

Garcia-Porta J, Litvinchuk SN, Crochet PA, Romano A, Geniez PH, Lo-Valvo M, Lymberakis P, Carranza S. 2012. Molecular phylogenetics and historical biogeography of the west-palearctic common toads (Bufo bufo species complex). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 63(1):113-130. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.12.019

Dietrich M, Kempf F, Gómez-Díaz E, Kitaysky AS, Hipfner JM, Boulinier T, Mccoy KD. 2012. Inter-oceanic variation in patterns of host-associated divergence in a seabird ectoparasite. Journal of Biogeography, 39(3):545-555. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2011.02620.x

de Pous P, Speybroeck J, Bogaerts S, Pasmans F, Beukema W. 2012. A contribution to the atlas of the terrestrial herpetofauna of Sardinia. Herpetology Notes, 5(September):391-405

de Pous P, Beukema W, Dingemans D, Donaire D, Geniez P, El Mouden EH. 2012. Distribution review, habitat suitability and conservation of the endangered and endemic Moroccan spadefoot toad (Pelobates varaldii). Basic and Applied Herpetology, 26(January):57-71. DOI:10.11160/bah.11015

Barata M, Carranza S, Harris DJ. 2012. Extreme genetic diversity in the lizard Atlantolacerta andreanskyi (Werner, 1929): A montane cryptic species complex. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12(1). DOI:10.1186/1471-2148-12-167

Roscales JL, Gómez-Díaz E, Neves V, González-Solís J. 2011. Trophic versus geographic structure in stable isotope signatures of pelagic seabirds breeding in the Northeast Atlantic. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 434(2007):1-13. DOI:10.3354/meps09211

Rato C, Carranza S, Harris DJ. 2011. When selection deceives phylogeographic interpretation: The case of the Mediterranean house gecko, Hemidactylus turcicus (Linnaeus, 1758). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 58(2):365-373. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2010.12.004

Pleguezuelos JM, Mora E, de Pous P, Escoriza D, Metallinou M, Donaire D, Comas M, Carranza S. 2011. Elusive but widespread? The potential distribution and genetic variation of Hyalosaurus koellikeri (Günther, 1873) in the Maghreb. Amphibia-Reptilia, 32(3):385-397. DOI:10.1163/017353711X587732

Miralles A, Vasconcelos R, Perera A, Harris DJ, Carranza S. 2011. An integrative taxonomic revision of the Cape Verdean skinks (Squamata, Scincidae). Zoologica Scripta, 40(1):16-44. DOI:10.1111/j.1463-6409.2010.00453.x

Martínez-Silvestre A, Amat F, Bargalló F, Carranza S. 2011. Incidence of pigmented skin tumors in a population of wild Montseny brook newt (Calotriton arnoldi). Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 47(2):410-414. DOI:10.7589/0090-3558-47.2.410

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