Special Issue "Genetic Connectivity, Species Diversity and Conservation Biology of Chondrichthyes"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 January 2024 | Viewed by 9205
Interests: biodiversity; ecology and evolution; species diversity; evolution; taxonomy; marine biodiversity; systematics; population genetics; conservation biology; conservation
Chondrichthyans, and especially elasmobranchs, are one of the most threatened marine taxa. Actions must be taken rapidly to ensure the long-term survival of these organisms, protecting both their morphologic and genetic diversity. To do so, stakeholders need the most precise information about organisms’ distribution and population connectivity to establish efficient management and conservation strategies, which stems from a taxonomy accurately representing the diversity of the group of interest.
Species delimitation is a vital enterprise within evolutionary biology and conservation: it bridges the historically independent disciplines of systematics, phylogeography and population genetics. While seminal studies combining molecular and morphological data highlighted the cryptic diversity of globally distributed morpho-species more than a decade ago, chondrichthyan taxonomy and identification are still mostly based on morphology. When such cryptic diversity is at risk of extinction, the disjunction between molecular systematics research and conservation policy becomes a significant problem: an integrative approach combining species hypothesis testing and population genetics is necessary to efficiently protect this genetic richness. Therefore, considering the ecological importance of chondrichthyans, we present this Special Issue focused on various aspects of their genetic diversity, aimed towards integrating taxonomy advances in conservation planning.
The scope includes, but is not limited to, the following ﬁelds: integrative taxonomy, species diversity and distribution, biogeographic patterns, evolutionary history, population genetics and conservation. If you are interested in this opportunity or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Dr. Bautisse D. Postaire
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- conservation genetics
- integrative taxonomy
- population genetics