Contributions to Zoology, 76 (4) – 2007

The phylogeny of crested newts (Triturus cristatus superspecies): nuclear and mitochondrial genetic characters suggest a hard polytomy, in line with the paleogeography of the centre of origin

J.W. Arntzen1, G. Espregueira Themudo1,2, B. Wielstra1,3

1.  National Museum of Natural History, P. O. Box 9517, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands, arntzen@nnm.nl

2.  CIBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Campus Agrário de Vairão, 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal, themudo@mail.icav.up.pt

3.  Institute of Biology Leiden, Leiden University, P.O. Box 9516, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands, wielstra@naturalis.nl

Keywords: allozymes, historical biogeography, mitochondrial DNA-sequences, Triturus macedonicus, Triturus marmoratus, vicariance.