Multiple, solid evidence support that Austropotamobius italicus is not native to Spain
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Matallanas, B., Ochando, M. D., Alonso, F., & Callejas, C. (2016). Update of genetic information for the white-clawed crayfish in Spain, with new insights into its population genetics and origin. Organisms Diversity & Evolution (in press; doi: 10.1007/s13127-016-0268-4)
“Taking into account the serious constraints for finding and giving a reliable interpretation of historical documents, genetic evidence should prevail if both lead to different conclusions” (pg 11 last paragraph).
[Austropotamobius italicus] “seems to be long established in the Iberian Peninsula, at least since the Late Pleistocene, a lapse of time not compatible with a recent introduction by man” (pg 12, first paragraph; similar sentence in abstract).
The mono-disciplinary approach followed (and advocated) by Matallanas et al. is much weaker than the transdisciplinary approach used by Clavero et al. (2016),...
KeywordsItalian Population Historical Document Mismatch Distribution Haplotype Group Transdisciplinary Approach
This contribution is part of the project HISTECOL (CGL2014-55266-P), funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, which provided further support through a Ramón y Cajal contract to MC
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