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      Taxonomic revision of the endemic Cameroonian freshwater crab genus Louisea Cumberlidge, 1994 ( Crustacea , Decapoda , Brachyura , Potamonautidae ), with descriptions of two new species from Nkongsamba and Yabassi

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          The taxonomy of the freshwater crab genus Louisea Cumberlidge, 1994, is reviewed based on type material and newly obtained specimens from three different localities in southwestern Cameroon. The genus is endemic to Cameroon and previously included two species: L. edeaensis (Bott, 1969) (type species) from Lake Ossa wetland complex (altitudes below 400 m asl) and L. balssi (Bott, 1959) from Kumba and Mt. Manengouba (altitudes above 1300 m asl). Here two new species of Louisea are described based on morphological and/or genetic data: L. nkongsamba sp. nov. from the Nlonako Ecological Reserve (1000–1400 m asl) in the sub-montane zone and L. yabassi sp. nov. from Yabassi in the lowlands. A redescription and amended diagnostic features of L. edeaensis and L. balssi are provided, and the genus diagnosis is updated to accommodate all four species. An identification key is also provided for the species of Louisea . A tree of phylogenetic relationships based on three mtDNA loci (COI, 12S rRNA, and 16S rRNA) supports the taxonomic revision, and indicates speciation of Louisea species along an altitudinal gradient, but further phylogenetic analyses are needed to understand whether this can lend support to the hypothesis that there is a montane centre of speciation along the Cameroon Volcanic Line. The phylogenetic tree also shows that Buea Cumberlidge, Mvogo Ndongo, Clark & Daniels, 2019 and Potamonemus Cumberlidge & Clark, 1992 are sister genera that may be derived from the Louisea lineage.

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            Phylogenetic relationships of the southern African freshwater crab fauna (Decapoda: Potamonautidae: Potamonautes) derived from multiple data sets reveal biogeographic patterning.

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            The phylogenetic relationships among the southern African freshwater crab species were examined using partial sequence data from three mitochondrial genes (12S rRNA, 16S rRNA, and mtDNA COI) 26 morphological characters and 14 allozyme loci. The aims of the present study were firstly to determine whether freshwater crab species that live in the same geographic region share a close phylogenetic relationship. Secondly, to investigate whether hybridizing species are genetically closely related and thirdly, to test for the validity of subgenera based on the genetic data sets. Phylogenetic analysis based on sequence data revealed largely congruent tree topologies and some associations had consistently high bootstrap support, and these data did not support Bott's subgeneric divisions. The morphological data were less informative for phylogenetic reconstruction while the allozyme data generally supported patterns recovered by the sequence data. A combined analysis of all the data recovered two monophyletic clades, one comprised of small-bodied mountain stream species and the other clade consisting of large-bodied riverine species. The combined analyses reflected clear biogeographic patterning for these river crabs. In addition, there was a clear correlation between genetic distance values and the ability of sympatric species to hybridize.
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              Origin of the Cameroon Line of Volcano‐Capped Swells

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                Pensoft Publishers
                17 October 2019
                : 881
                : 135-164
                [1 ] Department of Management of Aquatic Ecosystems, Institute of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Douala at Yabassi, PO. BOX. 7236 Douala-Bassa, Cameroon Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions und Biodiversitätsforschung Berlin Germany
                [2 ] Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions und Biodiversitätsforschung, Invalidenstrasse 43, 10115 Berlin, Germany University of Douala at Yabassi Douala-Bassa Cameroon
                [3 ] Department of Biology, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI, 49855-5376, USA Northern Michigan University Marquette United States of America
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                Corresponding author: Pierre A. Mvogo Ndongo ( mpierrearmand@ 123456yahoo.fr )

                Academic editor: Sammy De Grave

                PMC6813179 PMC6813179 6813179 36744

                This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC0 Public Domain Dedication.

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