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Conquering the Sahara and Arabian deserts: systematics and biogeography of Stenodactylus geckos (Reptilia: Gekkonidae)

Margarita Metallinou1, Edwin Nicholas Arnold2, Pierre-André Crochet3, Philippe Geniez4, José Carlos Brito5, Petros Lymberakis6, Sherif Baha El Din7, Roberto Sindaco8, Michael Robinson9 and Salvador Carranza1*

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1 Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF), Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta 37-49, 08003, Barcelona, Spain

2 The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD, London, UK

3 CNRS-UMR 5175 Centre d'Ecologie Fontionnelle et Evolutive, 1919 Route de Mende, 34293, Montpellier cedex 5, France

4 EPHE-UMR, Centre d'Ecologie Fontionnelle et Evolutive, 1919 Route de Mende, 34293, Montpellier cedex 5, France

5 CIBIO/InBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos da Universidade do Porto, Instituto de Ciências Agrárias de Vairão, R. Padre Armando Quintas 4485-661, Vairão, Portugal

6 Natural History Museum of Crete, University of Crete, Knosou Av, P.O. Box 2208, 71409, Heraklion, Greece

7 Nature Conservation Sector, Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, 3 Abdalla El Katib, Apt. 3, Cairo, Dokki, Egypt

8 Museo Civico de Storia Naturale, via San Francesco di Sales 188, I-10022, Carmagnola, Italy

9 Sultan Qaboos University, Department of Biology, College of Science, Al-Khod, P.O. Box 36, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

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BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012, 12:258  doi:10.1186/1471-2148-12-258

Published: 31 December 2012

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Additional file 1: Table S1:

Information on the specimens used in the phylogenetic analyses.

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Additional file 2: Figure S1:

BI tree of the genus Stenodactylus inferred using 12S and 16S mtDNA gene fragments. Description of data: Posterior probability values above 0.95 in the Bayesian Inference analysis are indicated next to the nodes with an asterisk, while numbers correspond to bootstrap support of the Maximum Likelihood analysis (only values above 70 are shown). The tree was rooted using Hemidactylus frenatus. Numbers in square brackets next to specimen code refer to Figure 1. Information on the samples included is shown in Additional file 1: Table S1.

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Additional file 3: Table S2:

Uncorrected p-distances (pairwise deletion).

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Additional file 4: Figure S2:

Chronogram obtained with BEAST inferred using all markers and 3 calibration points. Description of data: Chronogram obtained with relaxed uncorrelated lognormal clock and Yule model of speciation. Filled numbered circles correspond to calibration points described in Materials and Methods. The x axis is in million years and the bars indicate 95% HPD intervals. Information on the samples included is shown in Additional file 1: Figure S1.

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