Laboratory of molecular phylogeny and evolution in vertebrates
Section of Biology: Department of Genetics & Evolution and Unit of Microbiology
Dr. Juan Montoya
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Dr. Manuel Ruedi, firstname.lastname@example.org, +41224186320
Topics: Speciation, Phylogeography
The bat Myotis nattereri in Europe has been shown to be a complex of several independent species. One of these cryptic lineages was described as a new species (M. crypticus) with a presumed distribution centred on Western Europe. More recent studies suggest that this new taxon and M. nattereri might hybridize in different parts of this range, including Switzerland, but no firm data confirm this interpretation. Using a series of nuclear DNA markers on specimens sampled in areas of potential sympatry of these two taxa, we aim to clarify this taxonomic situation by quantifying the level of gene flow between those two bats.