Organisms Diversity & Evolution

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 715–717 | Cite as

Multiple, solid evidence support that Austropotamobius italicus is not native to Spain

  • Miguel ClaveroEmail author
  • Alejandro Centeno-Cuadros
Emerging Discussion

Response to:

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)

Main issues summarised in two sentences:
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    “Taking into account the serious constraints for finding and giving a reliable interpretation of historical documents, genetic evidence should prevail if both lead to different conclusions” (pg 11 last paragraph).

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    [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).

Main arguments summarised in two sentences:
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    The mono-disciplinary approach followed (and advocated) by Matallanas et al. is much weaker than the transdisciplinary approach used by Clavero et al. (2016),...


Italian Population Historical Document Mismatch Distribution Haplotype Group Transdisciplinary Approach 
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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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Estación Biológica de Doñana-CSICSevillaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemical EngineeringUniversity Pablo de OlavideSevillaSpain

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