Nicolas Vidal

Nicolas Vidal
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle · Department of Systematics and Evolution

PhD, DVM

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Introduction
Nicolas Vidal currently works at the Department of Systematics and Evolution, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle. Nicolas does research in Evolutionary Biology, Systematics (Taxonomy) and Zoology. Their most recent publication is 'Taxinomic list of the herpetofauna in the overseas territories of France: I. Collectivity of Saint Martin [in French, with English summary] / Liste taxinomique de l'herpétofaune dans l'outre-mer français : I. collectivité de Saint-Martin.'
Additional affiliations
June 2003 - December 2004
Pennsylvania State University
January 1996 - present
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle

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La liste taxinomique de référence est établie pour les Amphibiens de Guyane française, collectivité territoriale d' outre-mer en Amérique du Sud. Elle tient compte des publications les plus récentes sur l'herpétofaune de la région. À côté du nom scientifique zoologique international, un nom scientifique français est attribué à chaque taxon. Mots-cl...
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The mixed quality evidence about non-front-fanged snake bites has included unsupported speculation and presumption; the possible role of atopy and/or primary hypersensitivity have often been prematurely discounted. Described is a medically insignificant bite by a captive African emerald snake, Hapsidophrys smaragdinus Schlegel, 1837 (Colubridae, Co...
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Summary-Taxonomic list of the herpetofauna in the Overseas France: VI Department of La Réunion. We present an updated taxonomic checklist of the Amphibians and "Reptiles" of the French department of Reunion Island located in the Mascarene archipelago, southwestern Indian Ocean. We synthesized information from the most recent publications. In additi...
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La liste taxinomique est actualisée pour les Amphibiens et les « Reptiles » de la Guadeloupe, département et région d' outre-mer dans les Petites Antilles. Elle tient compte des publications les plus récentes. À côté du nom scientifique zoologique international, nous attribuons un nom scientifique français à chaque taxon. Summary: Taxonomic list of...
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The first reported snakebite by an African snake-eater, Polemon spp. (Atractaspididae, Aparallactinae); Local envenoming by Reinhardt’s snake-eater, Polemon acanthias (Reinhardt, 1860). Toxicon XX, xxx. A 51-yr-old male herpetologist was bitten on the left index finger by a captive male Polemon acanthias while manually removing fragments of incompl...
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La liste taxinomique est établie pour les Serpents des Petites Antilles. Elle tient compte des publications les plus récentes. A côté du nom scientifique zoologique, un nom scientifique français est joint à chaque taxon. La présence passée des Boa et des Clelia dans les Petites Antilles est clarifiée et discutée. Il n'y a pas eu de Bothrops dans le...
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La liste taxinomique de référence est établie pour les Amphibiens et les Sauropsides non aviens (= « Reptiles ») de Mayotte, département français et région d'outre-mer dans l'océan Indien. Elle tient compte des publications les plus récentes sur l'herpétofaune de la région. À côté du nom scientifique zoologique, un nom scientifique français est joi...
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Snakebite envenoming is a relevant public health problem in French Guiana, and Bothrops atrox is responsible for the vast majority of envenomings in this overseas French territory. The preclinical efficacy of freeze-dried antivenoms manufactured in Costa Rica (Polival-ICP®) and Mexico (Antivipmyn Tri®) was assessed against the lethal, hemorrhagic,...
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We undertook a 15-day survey of the amphibian fauna of the Mitaraka massif in southwestern French Guiana during the rainy season. We detected 56 species (12 species detected for the first time), including six only thanks to their calls. Thirteen additional species were previously detected from nearby sites. The total number of species occurring in...
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Despite the fact that venom is an intrinsically ecological trait, the ecological perspective has been widely neglected in toxinological research. This neglect has hindered our understanding of the evolution of venom by causing us to ignore the interactions which shape this evolution, interactions that take place between venomous snakes and their pr...
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Une nouvelle liste taxinomique de référence est établie pour les Amphibiens et les Sauropsides non aviens (= « Reptiles ») de la France métropolitaine. Elle tient compte des publications les plus récentes. À côté du nom scientifique zoologique, un nom scientifique français est joint à chaque taxon. Summary- New taxonomic checklist of the herpetof...
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La liste taxinomique de référence est établie pour les Amphibiens et les Sauropsides non aviens (= « Reptiles ») de la Martinique, collectivité territoriale d'outre-mer dans les Petites Antilles. Elle tient compte des publications les plus récentes. À côté du nom scientifique zoologique, un nom scientifique français est joint à chaque taxon. La pré...
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The six species of mabuyid lizards (skinks) of the Guadeloupe Archipelago are Capitellum mariagalantae, Mabuya cochonae, M. desiradae, M. grandisterrae, M. guadeloupae, and M. parviterrae. All are critically endangered and four may be extinct, primarily from predation by introduced mammals. These six species were described in recent years from mole...
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Miralles et al. 2018. Supplementary 7-10
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The phylogenetic relationships between the three main clades of worm snakes remain controversial. This question is, however, crucial to elucidate the origin of the successful snake radiation, as these burrowing and miniaturized wormlike organisms represent the earliest branching clades within the snake tree. The present molecular phylogenetic study...
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La liste taxinomique de référence est établie pour les Amphibiens et les Sauropsides non aviens de la collectivité d'outre-mer français de Saint-Barthélemy, dans les Petites Antilles. Elle tient compte des publications les plus récentes. À côté du nom scientifique zoologique, un nom scientifique français est joint à chaque taxon. Une mise au point...
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Summary – Taxonomic list of the herpetofauna in the overseas territories of France: II. Collectivity of Saint Barthélemy. The taxonomic checklist is established for the Amphibians and non-avian Sauropsids of the French Collectivity of Saint Barthélemy, in the Lesser Antilles. It takes into account of the most recent publications. In addition to zoo...
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La liste taxinomique de référence est établie pour les Amphibiens et les Sauropsides non aviens de la collectivité d'outre-mer français de Saint-Martin, dans les Petites Antilles. Elle tient compte des publications les plus récentes. Le choix des noms des taxons et la validation de la liste ont été opérés par le comité scientifique de validation mi...
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The blindsnake genus Anilios (formerly Ramphotyphlops) is the largest and most diverse genus of snakes in Australia with 45 currently recognized species. Recent molecular genetic studies of the genus have identified high levels of cryptic diversity within many taxa, suggesting true species diversity is greatly underestimated. Anilios leptosoma is a...
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The differentiated serous-secreting dental glands of caenophidian snakes are diverse in form despite their developmental homology. This variation makes the elucidation of their evolutionary history a complex task. In addition, some authors identify as many as ten discrete types/subtypes of ophidian oral gland. Over the past decade and a half, molec...
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The Persian Gulf is known as the westernmost distribution limit for sea snakes, except for Hydrophis platurus (Linnaeus, 1766) that reaches southeastern Africa. Previous identification guides for sea snakes of the Persian Gulf and its adjacent waters in the Gulf of Oman were based on old data and confined mostly to written descriptions. Therefore,...
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A new species of lizard of the genus Mabuya is described from a small island in the Guadeloupe Archipelago: Terre de Bas, Îles de la Petite Terre. Mabuya parviterrae sp. nov. is allied with the other four species of Mabuya from Guadeloupe. However, it differs in scalation, coloration, and (where available) DNA sequence. Of the nine named species in...
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A male snake collected in Louangphabang Province and a second specimen observed in Houaphan Province, North Laos, share morphological characters with the Asian genus Fimbrios Smith, 1921, including erected edges on the first supra-and infralabial scales, but differ in the following morphological characters: fewer dorsal scale rows (25-27 vs. 30-33)...
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The evolutionary history and taxonomy of worm-like snakes (scolecophidians) continues to be refined as new molec-ular data are gathered and analyzed. Here we present additional evidence on the phylogeny of these snakes, from morphological data and 489 new DNA sequences, and propose a new taxonomic framework for the family Typhlopi-dae. Of 257 named...
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Neurotrophins are a diverse class of structurally related proteins, essential for neuronal development, survival, plasticity and regeneration. They are characterized by major family members, such as the nerve growth factors (NGF), brain-derived neurotrophic factors (BDNF) and neurotrophin-3 (NT-3), which have been demonstrated here to lack coding s...
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We investigated the biogeographical history of Australian blindsnakes (Ramphotyphlops) with reference to Australia's palaeoclimatic history over the past 20 Myr, particularly the development of an extensive arid zone over this period. Terrestrial vertebrate lineages dating back to the Miocene or earlier are predicted to display some or all of the f...
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While it has been established that all toxicoferan squamates share a common venomous ancestor, it has remained unclear whether the maxillary and mandibular venom glands are evolving on separate gene expression trajectories or if they remain under shared genetic control. We show that identical transcripts are simultaneously expressed not only in the...
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The worm-like snakes (Scolecophidia; approximately 400 nominal extant species) have a conservative morphology and are among the most poorly-known terrestrial vertebrates. Although molecular evidence has helped determine their higher-level relationships, such data have rarely been used to discriminate among species. We generated a molecular data set...
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Monitor lizards are emblematic reptiles that are widely distributed in the Old World. Although relatively well studied in vertebrate research, their biogeographic history is still controversial. We constructed a molecular dataset for 54 anguimorph species, including representatives of all families with detailed sampling of the Varanidae (38 species...
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Unresolved phylogenetic relationships within the subfamily Natricinae continue to exist, including the position of the genus Xenochrophis. In the present study, two mitochondrial genes (cytochrome b, 12S rRNA) and one nuclear gene (c-mos) were used to infer the phylogenetic relationships among the members of Natricinae, with a special emphasis on t...
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We present the first molecular phylogeny of Cidaroida, one of the most problematic groups within the echinoids. Two genes—the nuclear ribosomal gene 28 S rRNA and the mitochondrial protein-encoding gene COI— were obtained from 21 specimens representing 17 genera and 20 species, among which 13 species belong to Cidaroida. Phylogenetic analyses of th...
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Snake venoms are recognized here as a grossly under-explored resource in pharmacological prospecting. Discoveries in snake systematics demonstrate that former taxonomic bias in research has led to the neglect of thousands of species of potential medical use. Recent discoveries reveal an unexpectedly vast degree of variation in venom composition amo...
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The Glypheidea is a group of lobster-like decapods that appeared in the Triassic and that was thought to be extinct until 1975, when a specimen of the species Neoglyphea inopinata was caught off the Philippines. More recently, in 2005, a specimen of another glypheid species, Laurentaeglyphea neocaledonica, was discovered near New Caledonia. Here, w...
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Bile salts are the major end-metabolites of cholesterol and are important in lipid digestion and shaping of the gut microflora. There have been limited studies of bile-salt variation in birds. The purpose of our study was to determine bile-salt variation among birds and relate this variation to current avian phylogenies and hypotheses on the evolut...