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

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

Martín N, Martínez S, Pujol-Buxó E, Viñolas A, Llorente GA, Sanpera C, Vasconcelos R, Carranza S, Santos X. 2017. Stable isotopes and diet uncover trophic-niche divergence and ecological diversification processes of endemic reptiles on Socotra Island. Zoologischer Anzeiger, 267:69-81. DOI:10.1016/j.jcz.2017.01.005

Martín J, Mateus C, García-Roa R, Ortega J, Carranza S. 2017. Phylogenetic relationships of the Chalcides skink species from the Chafarinas Islands with those from mainland North Africa. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 71:187-192. DOI:10.1016/j.bse.2017.02.007

Garcia-Porta J, Simó-Riudalbas M, Robinson M, Carranza S. 2017. Diversification in arid mountains: biogeography and cryptic diversity of Pristurus rupestris rupestris in Arabia. Journal of Biogeography, 44(8):1694-1704. DOI:10.1111/jbi.12929

García C, Vasconcelos R. 2017. The beauty and the beast: Endemic mutualistic interactions promote community-based conservation on Socotra Island (Yemen). Journal for Nature Conservation, 35:20-23. DOI:10.1016/j.jnc.2016.11.005

Cortada À, Kaliontzopoulou A, Mendes J, Carretero MA. 2017. A case of limb regeneration in a wild adult Podarcis lilfordi lizard. Turkish Journal of Zoology, 41(6):1069-1071. DOI:10.3906/zoo-1607-53

Carvalho SB, Velo-Antón G, Tarroso P, Portela AP, Barata M, Carranza S, Moritz C, Possingham HP. 2017. Spatial conservation prioritization of biodiversity spanning the evolutionary continuum. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1(6):0151. DOI:10.1038/s41559-017-0151

Arribas OJ, Ananjeva NB, Carranza S, Doronin IV, Harris DJ, Orlov NL, Orlova VF. 2017. The pernicious effect of retroactive changes in the Code: Darevskia and nomenclatorial stability, a reply to BUSACK et al. Basic and Applied Herpetology, 31:125-129. DOI:10.11160/bah.75

Al-Araimi NA, Al-Atiyat RM, Gaafar OM, Vasconcelos R, Luzuriaga-Neira A, Eisa O, Amir N, Benaissa MH, Alfaris AA, Aljumaah RS, Elnakhla SM, Salem MMI, Ishag IA, El Khasmi M, Beja-Pereira A. 2017. Maternal genetic diversity and phylogeography of native Arabian goats. Livestock Science, 206:88-94. DOI:10.1016/j.livsci.2017.09.017

Vasconcelos R, Montero-Mendieta S, Simó-Riudalbas M, Sindaco R, Santos X, Fasola M, Llorente G, Razzetti E, Carranza S. 2016. Unexpectedly high levels of cryptic diversity uncovered by a complete DNA barcoding of reptiles of the socotra archipelago. PLoS ONE, 11(3):1-19. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0149985

Tamar K, Šmíd J, Göçmen B, Meiri S, Carranza S. 2016. An integrative systematic revision and biogeography of Rhynchocalamus snakes (Reptilia, Colubridae) with a description of a new species from Israel. PeerJ, 2016(12). DOI:10.7717/peerj.2769

Tamar K, Scholz S, Crochet PA, Geniez P, Meiri S, Schmitz A, Wilms T, Carranza S. 2016. Evolution around the Red Sea: Systematics and biogeography of the agamid genus Pseudotrapelus (Squamata: Agamidae) from North Africa and Arabia. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 97:55-68. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2015.12.021

Tamar K, Carranza S, Sindaco R, Moravec J, Trape JF, Meiri S. 2016. Out of Africa: Phylogeny and biogeography of the widespread genus Acanthodactylus (Reptilia: Lacertidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 103:6-18. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2016.07.003

Rato C, Harris DJ, Carranza S, Machado L, Perera A. 2016. The taxonomy of the Tarentola mauritanica species complex (Gekkota: Phyllodactylidae): Bayesian species delimitation supports six candidate species. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 94(July):271-278. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2015.09.008

Maia JP, Harris DJ, Carranza S, Goméz-Díaz E. 2016. Assessing the diversity, host-specificity and infection patterns of apicomplexan parasites in reptiles from Oman, Arabia. Parasitology, 143(13):1730-1747. DOI:10.1017/S0031182016001372

Maia JP, Carranza S, Harris DJ. 2016. Comments on the Systematic Revision of Adeleid Haemogregarines: Are More Data Needed?. Journal of Parasitology, 102(5):549. DOI:10.1645/15-930

Gonçalves DV, Pereira P, Godinho R, Lopes S, Velo-Antón G, Brito JC. 2016. Development of 23 microsatellite loci for Boulenger’s agama (Agama boulengeri) with partial cross-amplification in other Agama species. Amphibia Reptilia, 37(2):246-252. DOI:10.1163/15685381-00003048

Garcia-Porta J, Morales HE, Gómez-Díaz E, Sindaco R, Carranza S. 2016. Patterns of diversification in islands: A comparative study across three gecko genera in the Socotra Archipelago. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 98:288-299. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2016.02.007

Garcia-Porta J, Šmíd J, Sol D, Fasola M, Carranza S. 2016. Testing the island effect on phenotypic diversification: Insights from the Hemidactylus geckos of the Socotra Archipelago. Scientific Reports, 6(March):1-12. DOI:10.1038/srep23729

Froufe E, Gonçalves DV, Teixeira A, Sousa R, Varandas S, Ghamizi M, Zieritz A, Lopes-Lima M. 2016. Who lives where? Molecular and morphometric analyses clarify which Unio species (Unionida, Mollusca) inhabit the southwestern Palearctic. Organisms Diversity and Evolution, 16(3):597-611. DOI:10.1007/s13127-016-0262-x

Froufe E, Prié V, Faria J, Ghamizi M, Gonçalves DV, Gürlek ME, Karaouzas I, Kebapçi Ü, Şereflişan H, Sobral C, Sousa R, Teixeira A, Varandas S, Zogaris S, Lopes-Lima M. 2016. Phylogeny, phylogeography, and evolution in the Mediterranean region: News from a freshwater mussel (Potomida, Unionida). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 100:322-332. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2016.04.030

de Pous P, Machado L, Metallinou M, Červenka J, Kratochvíl L, Paschou N, Mazuch T, Šmíd J, Simó-Riudalbas M, Sanuy D, Carranza S. 2016. Taxonomy and biogeography of Bunopus spatalurus (Reptilia; Gekkonidae) from the Arabian Peninsula. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 54(1):67-81. DOI:10.1111/jzs.12107

de Pous P, Simó-Riudalbas M, Els J, Jayasinghe S, Amat F, Carranza S. 2016. Phylogeny and biogeography of Arabian populations of the Persian Horned Viper Pseudocerastes persicus (Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854). Zoology in the Middle East, 62(3):231-238. DOI:10.1080/09397140.2016.1202896

Carranza S, Bauer AM. 2016. Margarita Metallinou (1985-2015). Zootaxa, 4132(4):598-600. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.4132.4.13

Tamar K, Carranza S, in den Bosch H, Sindaco R, Moravec J, Meiri S. 2015. Hidden relationships and genetic diversity: Molecular phylogeny and phylogeography of the Levantine lizards of the genus Phoenicolacerta (Squamata: Lacertidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 91:86-97. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2015.05.002

Šmíd J, Martínez G, Gebhart J, Aznar J, Gállego J, Göçmen B, De Pous P, Tamar K, Carranza S. 2015. Phylogeny of the genus Rhynchocalamus (Reptilia; Colubridae) with a first record from the Sultanate of Oman. Zootaxa, 4033(3):380-392. DOI:10.11646/zootaxa.4033.3.4

Šmíd J, Moravec J, Kratochvíl L, Nasher AK, Mazuch T, Gvoždík V, Carranza S. 2015. Multilocus phylogeny and taxonomic revision of the Hemidactylus robustus species group (Reptilia, Gekkonidae) with descriptions of three new species from Yemen and Ethiopia. Systematics and Biodiversity, 13(4):346-368. DOI:10.1080/14772000.2014.996264

Ord TJ, Klomp DA, Garcia-Porta J, Hagman M. 2015. Repeated evolution of exaggerated dewlaps and other throat morphology in lizards. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 28(11):1948-1964. DOI:10.1111/jeb.12709

Metallinou M, Červenka J, Crochet PA, Kratochvíl L, Wilms T, Geniez P, Shobrak MY, Brito JC, Carranza S. 2015. Species on the rocks: Systematics and biogeography of the rock-dwelling Ptyodactylus geckos (Squamata: Phyllodactylidae) in North Africa and Arabia. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 85:208-220. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2015.02.010

Harris DJ, Borges-Nojosa DM, Maia JP. 2015. Prevalence and diversity of hepatozoon in native and exotic geckos from Brazil. Journal of Parasitology, 101(1):80-85. DOI:10.1645/14-522.1

Carranza S, Oromí N, Amat F, Sanuy D. 2015. Sexual dimorphism and age structure of the Montseny newt (Calotriton arnoldi). Amphibia Reptilia, 36(3):245-252. DOI:10.1163/15685381-00003000

Bellati A, Carranza S, Garcia-Porta J, Fasola M, Sindaco R. 2015. Cryptic diversity within the Anatololacerta species complex (Squamata: Lacertidae) in the Anatolian Peninsula: Evidence from a multi-locus approach. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 82:219-233. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2014.10.003

Barata M, Perera A, Harris DJ. 2015. Cryptic variation in the Moroccan high altitude lizard Atlantolacerta andreanskyi (Squamata: Lacertidae). African Journal of Herpetology, 64(1):1-17. DOI:10.1080/21564574.2014.967815

Vences, M.; Sánchez, E.; Hauswaldt, J.S.; Eikelmann, D.; Rodríguez, A.; Carranza, S.; Donaire, D.; Gehara, M.; Helfer, V.; Lötters, S.; Werner, P.; Schulz, S.; and Steinfartz, S. 2014. Nuclear and mitochondrial multilocus phylogeny and survey of alkaloid content in true salamanders of the genus Salamandra (Salamandridae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 73 (0):208-216

Vences M, Sanchez E, Hauswaldt JS, Eikelmann D, Rodríguez A, Carranza S, Donaire D, Gehara M, Helfer V, Lötters S, Werner P, Schulz S, Steinfartz S. 2014. Nuclear and mitochondrial multilocus phylogeny and survey of alkaloid content in true salamanders of the genus Salamandra (Salamandridae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 73(1):208-216. DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2013.12.009

Vasconcelos R, Lopes E, Martins BH. 2014. Agama agama: A charter tourist in the Cape Verde Islands? African Journal of Herpetology, 63(1):34-46. DOI:10.1080/21564574.2013.877988

Valbuena-Ureña E, Steinfartz S, Carranza S. 2014. Characterization of microsatellite loci markers for the critically endangered Montseny brook newt (Calotriton arnoldi). Conservation Genetics Resources, 6(2):263-265. DOI:10.1007/s12686-013-0082-7

Tomé B, Maia JP, Salvi D, Brito JC, Carretero MA, Perera A, Meimberg H, Harris DJ. 2014. Patterns of genetic diversity in Hepatozoon spp. infecting snakes from North Africa and the Mediterranean Basin. Systematic Parasitology, 87(3):249-258. DOI:10.1007/s11230-014-9477-4

Tamar K, Carranza S, Sindaco R, Moravec J, Meiri S. 2014. Systematics and phylogeography of Acanthodactylus schreiberi and its relationships with Acanthodactylus boskianus (Reptilia: Squamata: Lacertidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 172(3):720-739. DOI:10.1111/zoj.12170

Oromi N, Amat F, Sanuy D, Carranza S. 2014. Life history trait differences between a lake and a stream-dwelling population of the Pyrenean brook newt (Calotriton asper). Amphibia Reptilia, 35(1):53-62. DOI:10.1163/15685381-00002921

Metallinou M, Vasconcelos R, Šmíd J, Sindaco R, Carranza S. 2014. Filling in the gap: Two new records and an updated distribution map for the Gulf Sand gecko Pseudoceramodactylus khobarensis Haas, 1957. Biodiversity Data Journal, 2(1):1-10. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.2.e4011

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