Data from: Is active management the key to the conservation of saproxylic biodiversity? Pollarding promotes the formation of tree hollowsPavel Sebek, Jan Altman, Michal Platek & Lukas Cizek
Trees with hollows are key features sustaining biodiversity in wooded landscapes. They host rich assemblages of often highly specialised organisms. Hollow trees, however, have become rare and localised in Europe. Many of the associated biota is thus declining or endangered. The challenge of its conservation, therefore, is to safeguard the presence of hollow trees in sufficient numbers. Populations of numerous species associated with tree hollows and dead wood are often found in habitats that were...
The aim of this work was to evaluate the suitability of selected DNA regions in the barcoding of plants, based on the species belonging to the genus Lamium (Lamiaceae). For this purpose, nine chloroplast barcodes, that is, accD, matK, rbcL, rpoA, rpoB, rpoC1, rpoC2, trnH-psbA, trnL-trnF, as well as ITS nuclear region, and intron of mitochondrial nad5 gene were tested. Among the single-locus barcodes, most effective in the identification of Lamium species was the trnH-psbA...
Data from: Parentage analysis of Ansell's mole-rat family groups indicates a high reproductive skew despite relatively relaxed ecological constraints on dispersalHana Patzenhauerová, Jan Šklíba, Josef Bryja & Radim Šumbera
To better understand evolutionary pathways leading to eusociality, interspecific comparisons are needed, which would use a common axis, such as that of reproductive skew, to array species. African mole-rats (Bathyergidae, Rodentia) provide an outstanding model of social evolution because of a wide range of social organizations within a single family; however, their reproductive skew is difficult to estimate, due to their cryptic lifestyle. A maximum skew could theoretically be reached in groups where reproduction is...
Data from: Pathways of cryptic invasion in a fish parasite traced using coalescent analysis and epidemiological surveyWafa Bouzid, Jan Štefka, Lilia Bahri-Sfar, Peter Beerli, Géraldine Loot, Sovan Lek, Noura Haddaoui, Václav Hypša, Tomáš Scholz, Tahani Dkhil-Abbes, Rafik Meddour & Oum Kalthoum Ben Hassine
Introduced species have the potential to outperform natives via the introduction of new parasites to which the native ecosystem is vulnerable. Cryptic diversity within an invasive species can obscure invasion patterns and confound proper management measures. The aim of this study is to use coalescent theory based methodology to trace recent routes of invasion in populations of Ligula intestinalis, a globally distributed fish parasite possessing both native and recently introduced populations in North Africa. Molecular...
Data from: Multilocus phylogeography of the European ground squirrel: cryptic interglacial refugia of continental climate in EuropeŠtěpánka Říčanová, Yordan Koshev, Oldřich Říčan, Nada Ćosić, Duško Ćirović, František Sedláček & Josef Bryja
The theory of classical and cryptic Pleistocene refugia is based mainly on historical changes in temperature, and the refugia are usually defined within a latitudinal gradient. However, the gradient of oceanic–continental climate (i.e. longitudinal) was also significantly variable during glacial cycles with important biotic consequences. Range-wide phylogeography of the European ground squirrel (EGS) was used to interpret the evolutionary and palaeogeographical history of the species in Europe and to shed light on its glacial–interglacial dynamic....
University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice5
Institute of Vertebrate Biology2
University of Belgrade1
Paul Sabatier University1
National University Institute Jean-Francois Champollion1
Institute of Entomology1
Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research1
Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer1
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic1