Lukas Zangl

Lukas Zangl
Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz | KFU Graz · Institute of Biology

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Introduction
Currently working at the University of Graz, Institute of Biology and at the Studienzentrum Naturkunde, Universalmuseum Joanneum. My research is focused on Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Ecology and Biodiversity research.

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Austria is inhabited by more than 80 species of native and non-native freshwater fishes. Despite considerable knowledge about Austrian fish species, the latest Red List of threatened species dates back 15 years and a systematic genetic inventory of Austria's fish species does not exist. To fulfill this deficit, we employed DNA barcoding to generate...
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Cuckoo wasps (Chrysididae, Hymenoptera) are known for their parasitoid or cleptoparasitic life histories. Indeed, the biology of only a few species has been studied in detail and often only little more is known than the host species. By mimicking their hosts’ cuticular hydrocarbon (CHC) profiles, species that parasitize single (or a few closely rel...
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The City Nature Challenge (CNC) from iNaturalist is a competitive event between cities and carried out since 2016 - initially only in the USA - with the aim of collecting as much data as possible about the occurrence of species using georeferenced, digital photos or recordings. The gained data should create a better basis for biodiversity studies a...
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The City Nature Challenge (CNC) from iNaturalist is a competitive event between cities and carried out since 2016 - initially only in the USA - with the aim of collecting as much data as possible about the occurrence of species using georeferenced, digital photos or recordings. The gained data should create a better basis for biodiversity studies a...
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First records of northern weatherfish (Misgurnus bipartitus Sauvage & Dabry de Thiersant, 1874) and its spreading in Austria In the river Inn at the German-Austrian border, two adult individuals of an allochthonous weatherfish species were caught during an electrofishing campaign in 2018. Based on morphological and genetic characteristics, these f...
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Background Snow scorpionflies (genus Boreus ) belong to a family of Mecoptera, Boreidae, that has been vastly neglected by entomological researchers due to their shift in seasonality to the winter months. Their activity during this time is regarded as a strategy for predator avoidance and regular sightings on snow fields suggest that this also faci...
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Background. Dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata) are important components in biomonitoring due to their amphibiotic lifecycle and specific habitat requirements. They are charismatic and popular insects, but can be challenging to identify despite large size and often distinct coloration, especially the immature stages. DNA-based assessment tools re...
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Lates perches of the genus Lates (Latidae) are large piscivorous fishes, with a strikingly disjunct distribution range in coastal areas and estuaries of the Indo-Pacific region and in some large African freshwater systems. Previous phylogenetic hypotheses based on osteological and ontogenetic data suggested paraphyly of the African representatives,...
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The last ice age considerably influenced distribution patterns of extant species of plants and animals, with some of them now inhabiting disjunct areas in the subarctic/arctic and alpine regions. This arctic-alpine distribution is characteristic for many cold-adapted species with a limited dispersal ability and can be found in many invertebrate tax...
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Dragonflies inhabit a wide range of habitats, with different species having different species-specific habitat requirements and corresponding niches. Therefore, they are very well suited as indicator species for habitat quality and conservation. Especially in the fields of taxonomy and phylogenetics new insights in odonatology have been gained thro...
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Aim Population connectivity of benthic marine organisms depends strongly on planktonic larval dispersal and is controlled by geographic distance and oceanographic structure. We examine isolation by distance versus resistance to barriers (ocean current boundaries) against a background of post‐glacial habitat expansion in a small benthic fish of the...
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Molecular genetic methods are increasingly used to supplement or substitute classical morphology-based species identification. Here, we employ a COI mini-barcode coupled high-resolution melting analysis to quickly, cost-efficiently and reliably determine larvae of two closely related Cychramus (Coleoptera, Nitidulidae) species. Euclidean distance c...
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Report on the sixth “insect camp” of the Austrian Entomological Society: invertebrate diversity all around Güssing (Southern Burgenland, Austria) The sixth insect camp of the Austrian Entomological Society took place in the vicinity of Güssing in Southern Burgenland (Austria) from May 16th to May 19th, 2019. In total, 24 participants from Tyrol, Vi...
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Weatherfishes of the genus Misgurnus are natively distributed across large parts of Eurasia. Since the end of the 20 th century, two alien weatherfish species, the oriental weatherfish, Misgurnus anguillicaudatus, and the large-scaled loach, Paramisgurnus dabryanus, have been reported from Europe. Here, we provide a first record of alien Misgurnus...
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In the last few years, DNA barcoding became an established method for species identification in biodiversity inventories and monitoring studies. Such studies depend on the access to a comprehensive reference data base, covering all relevant taxa. Here we present a comprehensive DNA barcode inventory of all amphibian and reptile species native to Au...
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Gudgeons of the genus Gobio are small Eurasian fishes whose systematics, taxonomy, and phylogenetic relationships have been the matter of a long‐standing debate. Two species, Gobio gobio and G. obtusirostris have been reported for Austria, with a potential hybrid zone in the upper Danube. Phylogenetic and phylogeographic analysis of mitochondrial c...
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In the absence of dispersal barriers, species with great dispersal ability are expected to show little, if at all, phylogeographic structure. The East African Great Lakes and their diverse fish faunas provide opportunities to test this hypothesis in pelagic fishes, which are presumed to be highly mobile and unrestricted in their movement by physica...
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Sixteen species of cockroaches have been reported for Austria so far. This study is the first record of the parthenogenetic Surinam cockroach, Pycnoscelus surinamensis (L.) for Austria (and thus Central Europe). The species is natively distributed in Indo‐Malaysia but has been unintentionally introduced in many, mainly tropical, countries throughou...
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Romanogobio skywalkeri, new species, is described from the upper Mur River in the Austrian Danube drainage. It is related to R. banarescui from the Mediterranean basin. Romanogobio skywalkeri is distinguished from R. banarescui by lacking epithelial crests on the predorsal back, having 12–14 total pectoral-fin rays (vs. 10–11) and usually 8½ branch...
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During samplings in 2014 several specimens of a gudgeon-like fish were caught in the Mur River which differed from sympatric Gobio obtusirostris through their large fins, elongated body shape and habitat use. Morphological studies showed that these specimens did not belong to any of the three Romanogobio species native in Austria. Preliminary DNA b...

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In this project we aim at establishing DNA barcoding pipelines at several Austrian universities, generating large amounts of DNA barcode reference data and developing new methods that make the entire DNA barcoding procedure more efficient.