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Post-Messinian evolutionary relationships across the Sicilian channel: Mitochondrial and nuclear markers link a new green toad from Sicily to African relatives

Matthias Stöck13*, Alessandra Sicilia2, Natalia M Belfiore1, David Buckley1, Sabrina Lo Brutto2, Mario Lo Valvo2 and Marco Arculeo2

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1 University of California, Berkeley, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building #3160, Berkeley, CA 94720-3160, USA

2 University of Palermo, Dipartimento di Biologia Animale, Via Archirafi, 18, 90123 Palermo, Italy

3 Dept. Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Biophore, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

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BMC Evolutionary Biology 2008, 8:56  doi:10.1186/1471-2148-8-56

Published: 23 February 2008

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Additional file 1:

Localities, specimen and voucher data and locality data. Contains locality numbers as in Fig. 1, including geographic coordinates, GenBank accession numbers for the mitochondrial control region, the 16S rRNA, the RAG1-gene and the tropomyosine intron.

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Nomenclature. This text (a) proposes vernacular names for Bufo siculus n.sp., (b) clarifies its etymology, (c) discusses synonymy and appropriateness of this new name according to International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, and (d) discusses the applicability of the name Bufo balearicus Boettger, 1880. The file includes references [96] to [104].

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Green toads of other circum-Sicilian islands. These are short biogeographic comments on green toads on Circum-Sicilian islands referencing the relevant literature. The file includes references [105] to [110].

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Type description. A verbal morphological description of the holotype of Bufo siculus n.sp. and a table containing morphometric data for the holotype and two adult paratypes. The file includes reference [111].

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Permits. Contains data for five collection permits for this study.

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