Flat gecko (Afroedura) diversity, endemism and speciation in the highlands and escarpments of Angola and Namibia
Keywords:Afroedura, Angola, diversity, endemism, flat gecko, Namibia, speciation
Nine species of African flat geckos (Afroedura) are known to be associated with the highlands and escarpments of Angola and Namibia (HEAN). Among these, the Afroedura bogerti group is the most speciose (with seven species) and endemic to the HEAN. Phylogenetically, it constitutes a young species group that speciated during the early Pleistocene (∼1.91 mya). Although currently none of these species is regarded as threatened, their distribution falls largely outside protected areas which could compromise their future.
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