Publications

2017

Gonçalves DV, Martínez-Freiría F, Crochet P-A, Geniez P, Carranza S, Brito JC (2017) The role of climatic cycles and trans-Saharan migration corridors in species diversification: biogeography of Psammophis schokari group in North Africa. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. In Press.

Lloyd K, Altwegg R, Doutrelant C, Covas R (2017) Factors affecting the foraging distance and duration of a colonial bird, the sociable weaver, in a semi-arid environment.  Journal of African of Ecology. In press.

Lobato E, Doutrelant C, Melo M, Reis S, Covas R (2017) Insularity effects on birds immune parameters: a comparison between island and mainland populations in West Africa. Ecology and Evolution. In press.

Loiseau C, Melo M, Lobato E,  Beadell JS, Fleischer RC, Reis S, Doutrelant C, Covas R (2017) Insularity effects on the assemblage of the blood parasite community of the birds from the Gulf of Guinea. Journal of Biogeography. In press.

Mares R, Doutrelant C, Paquet M, Spottiswoode S, Covas R (2017) Breeding decisions and output are correlated with both temperature and rainfall in an arid-region passerine, the sociable weaver. Royal Society Open Science. In press.

Lobato E, Geraldes M, Melo M, Doutrelant C*, Covas R* (2017) Diversity and composition of cultivable gut bacteria in an endemic island bird and its mainland sister species. Symbiosis, 71, 155–164. DOI: 10.1007/s13199-016-0419-6 (* joint last authors)

Marques JP, Farelo L, Vilela J, Vanderpool D, Alves PC, Good JM, Boursot P, Melo-Ferreira J (2017) Range expansion underlies historical introgressive hybridization in the Iberian hare. Scientific Reports 7, 40788. DOI: 10.1038/srep40788

Martínez-Freiría F, Crochet P-A, Fahd S, Geniez P, Brito JC, Velo-Antón G (2017). Integrative phylogeographic and ecological analyses reveal multiple Pleistocene refugia for Mediterranean Daboia vipers in North-West Africa. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 22, 366-384. DOI: 10.1093/biolinnean/blx038

Tamar K, Geniez P, Brito JC, Crochet P-A (2017) Systematic revision of Acanthodactylus busacki (Squamata: Lacertidae) with a description of a new species from Morocco. Zootaxa, 4276, 357-386. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4276.3.3

2016

Paquet M, Doutrelant C, Loubon M, Theron F, Rat M, Covas R (2016) Communal roosting, thermoregulatory benefits and breeding group size predictability in cooperatively breeding sociable weavers. Journal of Avian Biology. DOI: 10.1111/jav.00916. In Press

Brito JC, Tarroso P, Vale C.G., Martínez-Freiría F, Boratyński Z, Campos JC, Ferreira S, Godinho R, Gonçalves DV, Leite JV, Lima VO, Pereira P, Santos X, Ferreira da Silva MJ, Silva TL, Velo-Antón G, Veríssimo J, Crochet P-A, Pleguezuelos JM, Carvalho SB (2016). Conservation Biogeography of the Sahara-Sahel: additional protected areas are needed to secure unique biodiversity. Diversity and Distributions 22: 371-384. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12416

Doutrelant C, Paquet M, Renoult JP, Grégoire A, Crochet P-A, Covas R (2016). Worldwide patterns of bird colouration on islands. Ecology Letters 19: 537-545. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12588

2015

Acker P, Grégoire A, Rat M, Spottiswoode CN, van Dijk RE, Paquet M, Kaden J, Pradel R, Hatchwell BJ, Covas R, Doutrelant C 2015. Disruptive viability selection on a black plumage trait associated with dominance. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 2027–2041.

Kapli P, Lymberakis P, Crochet P‐A, Geniez P, Brito JC, Almutairi M, Ahmadzadeh F, Schmitz A, Wilms T, Pouyani NR, Poulakakis N (2015). Historical biogeography of the lacertid lizard Mesalina in North Africa and the Middle East. Journal of Biogeography, 42: 267‐279.

Lopes SC, Velo‐Antón G, Pereira P, Lopes S, Godinho R, Crochet P‐A, Brito JC (2015).cDevelopment and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci for spiny‐footed lizards, Acanthodactylus scutellatus group (Reptilia, Lacertidae) from arid regions. BMC Research Notes, 8: 794.

Metallinou M, Červenka J, Crochet P.‐A., Kratochvíl L, Wilms T, Geniez P, Shobrak MY, Brito JC, Carranza S (2015). Species on the rocks: Systematics and biogeography of the rock‐dwelling Ptyodactylus geckos (Squamata: Phyllodactylidae) in North Africa and Arabia. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 85: 208‐220.

Paquet M, Doutrelant C, Hatchwell BJ, Spottiswoode CN, Covas R 2015.Antagonistic effect of helpers on breeding male and female survival a cooperatively breeding bird. Journal of Animal Ecology 84: 1354–1362.

Paquet M, Covas R, Doutrelant C 2015. A cross‐fostering experiment reveals that prenatal environment affects begging behaviour in a cooperative breeder. Animal Behaviour 102:251‐258.

Rat M, van Dijk RE, Covas R, and Doutrelant D 2015. Dominance hierarchies and associated signalling in a cooperative passerine. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 69: 437‐448.

van Dijk RE, Covas R, Doutrelant C, Claire N. Spottiswoode & Hatchwell BJ 2015. Fine‐scale genetic structure reflects sex‐specific dispersal strategies in a population of sociable weavers (Philetairus socius) Molecular Ecology 24: 4296–4311.

2014

Altwegg R, Doutrelant C, Anderson MD, Spottiswoode CN and Covas R 2014 Climate, social factors and research disturbance influence population dynamics in a declining sociable weaver metapopulation. Oecologia 174: 413–425

Brito JC, Godinho R, Martínez‐Freiría F, Pleguezuelos JM, Rebelo H, Santos X, Vale CG, Velo‐Antón G, Boratyński Z, Carvalho SB, Ferreira S, Gonçalves DV, Silva TL, Tarroso P, Campos JC, Leite JV, Nogueira J, Álvares F, Sillero N, Sow AS, Fahd S, Crochet P‐A, Carranza S (2014) Unravelling biodiversity, evolution and threats to conservation in the Sahara‐Sahel. Biological Reviews, 89: 215‐231.

Melo‐Ferreira J, Vilela J, Fonseca MM, da Fonseca R, Boursot P, Alves PC (2014) The elusive nature of adaptive mitochondrial DNA evolution of an arctic lineage prone to frequent introgression. Genome Biology and Evolution 6, 886‐896. DOI: 10.1093/gbe/evu05

Melo‐Ferreira J, Farelo L, Freitas H, Suchentrunk F, Boursot P, Alves PC (2014) Home loving boreal hare mitochondria survived several invasions in Iberia: the relative roles of recurrent hybridisation and allele surfing. Heredity 112, 265‐273. DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2013.102

Sow AS, Martínez‐Freiría F, Crochet P‐A, Geniez P, Ineich I, Dieng H, Fahd S, Brito JC (2014). Atlas of the distribution of reptiles in the Parc National du Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania. Basic and Applied Herpetology, 28: 99‐111.