Scientific contributions







Peer reviewed journals:

48. Miralles A , Raymond M, Lecointre G (in press).
Empathy and compassion toward other species decrease with evolutionary divergence time. Scientific Reports, xxx.

47. Ducasse J, Ung V, Lecointre G, Miralles A (in press).
LIMES, a tool for comparing species partition. Bioinformatics, xxx.

46. Miralles A , Geniez P., Beddek M., Mendez Aranda D., Brito JC, Leblois R., Crochet P-A (in press).
Morphology and multilocus phylogeny of the Spiny-footed Lizard (Acanthodactylus erythrurus) complex reveal two new mountain species from the Moroccan Atlas. Zootaxa, xxx.

45. Miralles A , Marin J, Markus D, Herrel A, Hedges SB, Vidal N (2018).
Molecular evidence for the paraphyly of Scolecophidia and its evolutionary implications. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 31(12): 1782-1793.

44. Quah ESH, Grismer LL, Jetten T, Wood PL, Miralles A, SAM Sah, Guek KHP, Brady ML (2018).
The rediscovery of Schaefer’s Spine-jawed Snake (Xenophidion schaeferi Günther & Manthey, 1995) (Serpentes, Xenophidiidae) from Peninsular Malaysia with notes on its variation and the first record of the genus from Sumatra, Indonesia. Zootaxa, 4441(2): 366-378.

43. Cornelis G, Funk M, Vernochet C, Leal F, Tarazona OA, Meurice G, Heidmann O, Dupressoir A, Miralles A, Ramirez-Pinilla MP, Heidmann T (2017).
An endogenous retroviral envelope syncytin and its cognate receptor identified in the viviparous placental Mabuya lizard. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114: E10991-E11000.

42. Miralles A, Gomes R, Angin B, Ibéné B (2017).
Étude systématique des scinques Mabuya de l'archipel guadeloupéen (Squamata, Scincidae). Bulletin de la SHF,163: 67-84.

41. Miralles A, Macleod A, Rodriguez A, Ibanez A, Glaw F, Jimenez G, Quezada G, Vences M, Steinfartz S (2017).
Shedding light on the Imps of Darkness: An integrative taxonomic revision of the Galápagos marine iguanas (genus Amblyrhynchus). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society,181: 678-710.

40. Erens J, Miralles A, Glaw F, Chatrou L, Vences M (2016).
Extended molecular phylogenetics and revised systematics of Malagasy scincine lizards. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 107: 466-472.

39. Miralles A, Kölhler J, Glaw F, Vences M (2016).
Species delimitation methods put into taxonomic practice: Two new Madascincus species formerly allocated to historical species names (Squamata: Scincidae). Zoosystematics and Evolution, 92(2): 257-275.

38. Ceriaco LMP, Gutierrez EE, Dubois A, + 493 signatories (2016).
Photography-based taxonomy is inadequate, unnecessary, and potentially harmful for biological sciences. Zootaxa, 4196(3): 435-445.

37. Miralles A, Jono T, Mori A, Gandola R, Erens J, Kölhler J, Glaw F, Vences M (2016).
A new perspective on the reduction of cephalic scales in fossorial legless skinks (Squamata, Scincidae). Zoologica Scripta, 45(4): 380-393.

36. Nagy ZT, Marion AB, Glaw F, Miralles A, Nopper J, Vences M, Hedges SB (2015).
Molecular systematics and cryptic diversity of Madagascan scolecophidian snakes (Squamata: Serpentes). Zootaxa, 4040 : 31-47.

35. Pinto-Sancheza NR, Calderón-Espinosa ML, Miralles A, Crawford AJ, Ramirez-Pinilla MP (2015).
Molecular phylogenetics and biogeography of the Neotropical skink genus Mabuya (Squamata: Scincidae) Fitzinger (1826) with emphasis on Colombian populations. Molecular Phylogenetic and Evolution, 93 : 188-211.

34. Ratsoavina FM, Ranjanaharisoa FA, Glaw F, Raselimanana AP, Miralles A, Vences M (2015).
A new leaf-tailed gecko of the Uroplatus ebenaui group (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Madagascar's central eastern rainforests. Zootaxa, 4006 : 143-160.

33. Miralles A, Hipsley CA, Erens J, Gehara M, Rakotoarison A, Glaw F, Müller J, Vences M (2015).
Distinct Patterns of Desynchronized Limb Regression in Malagasy Scincine Lizards (Squamata, Scincidae). PlosONE, 10 (6): e0126074.

32. Miralles A, Glaw F, Ratsoavina FM, Vences M (2015).
A likely microendemic new species of terrestrial iguana, genus Chalarodon, from Madagascar. Zootaxa, 3946 (2) : 201-220.

31. Crottini A, Harris DJ, Miralles A, Glaw F, Jenkins RKB, Randrianantoandro JC, Bauer AM, Vences M (2015).
Morphology and molecules reveal two new species of the poorly studied gecko genus Paragehyra (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Madagascar. Organisms Diversity & Evolution, 15 (1) : 175-198.

30. Siegel DS, Trauth SE, Rheubert JL, Rabe B, Ruopp B, Miralles A, Murray CM, Aldridge RD (2014).
Novel Cloacal Glands in Snakes: The Phylogenetic Distribution of Ventral Urodaeal Glands in Thamnophiini. Herpetologica, 70 (3): 279-289.

29. Vences M, Lima A, Miralles A, Glaw F (2014).
DNA barcoding assessment of genetic variation in two widespread skinks from Madagascar, Trachylepis elegans and T. gravenhorstii (Squamata: Scincidae). Zootaxa, 3755 (5): 477–484.

28. Ineich I, Miralles A (2014).
Amblyrhynchus cristatus (marine iguana) polydactyly. Herpetological Review. 45 (2): 322-323.

27. Miralles A, Vences M (2013).
New Metrics for Comparison of Taxonomies Reveal Striking Discrepancies among Species Delimitation Methods in Madascincus Lizards. PlosONE, 8 (7): e68242.

26. Lima A, Harris DJ, Rocha S, Miralles A, Glaw F, Vences M. (2013).
Phylogenetic relationships of Trachylepis skink species from Madagascar and the Seychelles (Scincidae: Lygosominae). Molecular Phylogenetic and Evolution, 67(3): 615-620.

25. Siegel DS, Miralles A, Rheubert JL, Aldridge RD. (2013).
Heloderma suspectum (Gila Monster). Female reproductive anatomy. Herpetological Review, 44:142-143

24. Vences M, Guayasamin JM, Miralles A, De la Riva, I. (2013).
To name or not to name: Criteria to promote economy of change in supraspecific Linnaean classification schemes. Zootaxa, 3636(2): 201-244.

23. Miralles A, Anjeriniana, M., Hipsley, C.A., Mueller, J., Glaw, F. & Vences, M. (2012).
Variations on a bodyplan: description of a new Malagasy “mermaid skink” with flipper-like forelimbs only (Scincidae: Sirenoscincus). Zoosystema, 34(4): 701-710.

22. Crottini, A., Miralles A., Glaw, F., Harris, D.J., Lima, A.& Vences, M. (2012).
Description of a new pygmy chameleon (Chamaeleonidae: Brookesia) from central Madagascar. Zootaxa, 3090: 63-74.

21. Siegel, D, Miralles A., Trauth, S.E., Aldridge, R. (2012).
The phylogenetic distribution and morphological variation of the "pouch" in female snakes. Acta Zoologica, 93(4): 400-408.

20. Miralles A, A.P. Raselimanana, D. Rakotomalala, M. Vences & D.R. Vieites (2011).
A new large and colorful skink of the genus Amphiglossus from Madagascar revealed by morphology and multilocus molecular study. Zootaxa, 2918:47-67.

19. Miralles A, Kölhler J, Glaw F, Vences M (2011).
A molecular phylogeny of the Madascincus polleni species complex, with description of a new species of scincid lizard from the coastal dune area of northern Madagascar. Zootaxa, 2876:1-16.

18. Miralles A, Kölhler J, Vieites DR, Glaw F, Vences M (2011).
Developing hypotheses on rostral shield evolution in head-first digging squamates from a molecular phylogeny and new species of the genus Paracontias (Scincidae).Organisms Diversity and Evolution, 11: 135-150.

17. Siegel, D, Miralles A, Aldridge, R. (2011).
Controversial snake relationships supported by reproductive anatomy. Journal of Anatomy, 218(3): 342-348.

16. Miralles A, Vasconcelos R, Perera A, Harris DJ, Carranza S (2011).
An integrative taxonomic revision of the Cape Verdean skinks (Squamata, Scincidae). Zoologica Scripta, 40(1): 16-44.

15. Miralles A, David P (2010).
First record of Ahaetulla mycterizans (Linnaeus, 1758) from Sumatra, Indonesia (Squamata, Colubridae), with an expanded definition of this poorly known species. Zoosystema, 32(3): 449-456.


14. Padial JM, Miralles A, De la Riva I, Vences M (2010).
The integrative future of taxonomy. Frontiers in Zoology, 7:16 doi:10.1186/1742-9994-7-16.


13. Miralles A, Carranza S (2010).
Systematics and biogeography of the neotropical genus Mabuya, with special emphasis on the Amazonian skink Mabuya nigropunctata (Reptilia, Scincidae). Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 54(3): 857-869.


12. Miralles A, Rivas Fuenmayor G, Bonillo C, Schargel WE, Barros T, Garcia-Pérez JE & Barrio-Amoros CL (2009).
Molecular systematics of Carribean skinks of the genus Mabuya (Reptilia, Scincidae), with descriptions of two new species from Venezuela. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 156: 598-616.


11. Miralles A, Chaparro JC & Harvey MB (2009).
Three rare and enigmatic South American Skinks. Zootaxa, 2012: 47-68.


10. Harvey MB, Aguayo R & Miralles A (2008).
Description and Distribution of Mabuya cochabambae Dunn with Comments on Bolivian Congeners (Lacertilia: Scincidae). Zootaxa, 1828: 43-56.


9. Ziegler T, David P, Miralles A, Doan Van Kien & Nguyen Quang Truong (2008).
A new species of the snake genus Fimbrios from Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, Truong Son, central Vietnam (Squamata: Xenodermatidae). Zootaxa, 1729: 37-48.


8. Miralles A, Barrio-Amoros CL, Rivas G & Chaparro-Auza JC (2006).
Speciation in the "Várzéa" flooded forest: a new Mabuya (Squamata: Scincidae) from Western Amazonia. Zootaxa, 1188: 1-22.


7. Miralles A & Ineich I (2006).
Presence of gular and parietal pits by Atretium schistosum (Serpentes, Colubridae). A characteristic not only associated to psammophine snakes. Comptes Rendus Biologies 329: 180-184.


6. Miralles A (2006).
A New Species of Mabuya (Reptilia, Squamata, Scincidae) from the Caribbean Island of San Andrés, with a new interpretation of nuchal scales: character of taxonomic importance. The Herpetological Journal, 16(1): 1-7


5. Miralles A, Rivas G. & Barrio-Amoros CL. (2005).
Taxonomy of the genus Mabuya (Reptilia, Squamata, Scincidae) in Venezuela. Zoosystema, 27(4): 825-837.


4. Miralles A, Rivas G & Schargel WS (2005).
A new species of Mabuya (Squamata, Scincidae) from the Venezuelan Andes. Zootaxa 895: 1-11.


3. Miralles A (2005).
Description of a neotype for Lacertus mabouya Lacepčde, 1788 (Squamata: Scincidae), with comment on the validity of this binomen. Herpetologica 61: 46-53.


2. Rivas Fuenmayor G, Ugueto G, Rivero R & Miralles A (2005).
The Herpetofauna of Isla de Margarita, Venezuela: New Records and Comments. Carribean Journal of Science 41 (2): 346-351.


1. Miralles A (2004).
Lepidophyma flavimaculatum (yellow-spotted night lizard). Placentophagia. Herpetological Review 35(2): 170.


Book chapters:

2. Siegel DS, Miralles A, Rheubert JL, Sever DM. (2014).
Female reproductive anatomy: Cloaca, Oviduct and sperm storage, In: Reproductive biology and phylogeny of Lizards and Tuatara, (Eds. J.L. Rheubert, D.S. Siegel DS and S.E. Strauth). Volume 10. Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny. CRC Press, Boca Raton.


1. Siegel D, Miralles A, Chabarria R, Aldridge R (2011).
Pp. 347-409. Female Reproductive Anatomy: Oviducts and Cloaca, In: Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Snakes, (Eds. R. D. Aldridge and D. M. Sever). Volume 9. Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny. Science Publishers, Inc., Enfield, NH.


Informatic tools applied to Taxonomy:

2. Ducasse J, Ung V, Lecointre G, Miralles A (2019).
Limes website. http://www.limes.cnrs.fr/

1. Maiocco Ô, Miralles A & Vignes-Lebbe R (2007).
Varan-ID : online determination for monitor lizards (genus Varanus). http://lis.snv.jussieu.fr/varanID/acceuil_varan.html.



Last update : Dec 2019.