This high ranked paper recently published in PloS ONE demonstrates to what extent Iranian biodiversity was underestimated and how integrative approaches are crucial to unravel it.
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Darevskia schaekeli, Named in honor of Dr. Uwe Schäkel, who has supported the research activities of the ZFMK in Bonn for many years in his function of president of the Alexander Koenig Society
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The study was conducted in Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig - Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity (ZFMK), Bonn, in close collaboration with Shahid Beheshti University of Iran and Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Universidade do Porto, Portugal.
Scientists found several candidate species, new to Science, in the northern part of Iran, the area which is covered by Hyrcanian forest and Alborz Mountain range. Given that the area is not so difficult to access, it is really exciting to be discovering such high number of new species.
Our findings also highlight that modern taxonomy requires combining different sources of scientific evidence, namely, genetic markers, ecological models and morphometrics. This has been proven a powerful tool in discovering new aspects of biodiversity.
We suspect that there is still a huge amount of diversity in the area waiting to be discovered. Unfortunately this unique and fragile diversity is now endangered by several threat sources, for instance, overexploiting the forest, losing of the mountainous habitats and, of course, the effects of climate change.
The evidence for a new biodiversity hotspot in the area, surprisingly neglected till present, demands a special conservation attention at both national and international levels, while also recommends further integrative studies to elucidate the hidden biodiversity in other groups from the region.
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