WHO AM I

My main interests are focused on several aspects of evolutionary biology and ecology, using reptiles as model species. 

Currently, my line of research consists on the investigation of the divergence patterns, taxonomy and evolutionary history of the Mediterranean geckos of the genus Tarentola.

I am also conducting a study on the patterns of sex determination in the Tarentola mauritanica species complex. In this group, environmental temperature determines sex allocation and I am  interested in understanding  which temperatures determine each sex and also discovering the genes triggered during this process.

 

 

RESEARCH

The Phenotypic Evolution research group at CIBIO/InBIO, aims at describing patterns, unveiling functions, and inferring processes related to the evolution of phenotypic diversity in various animal groups

The mission of the Functional Biodiversity (FBIO) group within CIBIO-InBIO is to experimentally infer the functional roles of the elements composing Biodiversity (from genes to landscapes). 

I am the PI of this project, where we focus on changes of vital processes and life history traits in a model species whose sex is determined by temperature during incubation (TSD).

The aim of this project is to assess ectotherm responses to Global Change (GC) integrating physiological, life-history and genomic evidence.

Interested in developing your research project with our team?

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PUBLICATIONS

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2019

Santos, Joana L.; Žagar, Anamarija; Drašler, Katarina; Rato, Catarina; Ayres, César; Harris, D. James; Carretero, Miguel A.; Salvi, Daniele. 2019. Phylogeographic evidence for multiple long-distance introductions of the common wall lizard associated with human trade and transport. Amphibia-Reptilia. 40(1): 121-127 DOI:10.1163/15685381-20181040. PDF 

 

2018

Massetti,F., Kaliontzopoulou, A., Gomes, V., Rato, C. 2018. Variation in morphology and functional performance across distinct evolutionary lineages of the Moorish gecko (Tarentola mauritanica ) from the Iberian Peninsula. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. 2018: 1-14. PDF

 

 

2017


Massetti,F., Perera, A., Gomes, V., Rato, C., Kaliontzopoulou, A. 2017.  Morphological and functional implications of sexual size dimorphism in the Moorish gecko, Tarentola mauritanica. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 122 (1): 197-209. PDF

Rosado, D., Rato, C., Salvi, D., Harris, D.J. 2017. Evolutionary history of the Morocco lizard-fingered geckos of the Saurodactylus brosseti complex. Evolutionary Biology. 44 (3): 386-400 . PDF

 

 

2016

 

Rato, C., Harris, D.J., Carranza, S., Machado, L., Perera, A. 2016. The taxonomy of the Tarentola mauritanica species complex (Gekkota: Phyllodactylidae): Bayesian species delimitation supports six candidate species. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 94: 271-278. PDF

 

Tomé, B., Rato, C., Harris, D.J., Perera, A. 2016. High diversity of Hepatozoon spp. in geckos of the genus Tarentola. Journal of Parasitology. 102 (4): 476-480. PDF

 

 

2015

 

Santos, X., Ayllón, E., Bertolero, A., Bosch, J., Cabido, C., Carranza, S., Carretero, M.A., Díaz-Paniagua, C., Egea-Serrano, A., Garin-Barrio, I., Giménez, A., Gosá, A., Graciá, E., Guicking, D., Llorente, G.A., Martínez-Solano, I., Mateo, J.A., Montori, A., Palomar, G., Perera, A., Pinya, S., Pretus, J.L., Pujol-Buxó, E., Rato, C., Recuero, E., Sanz-Azkue, I., Silva-Rocha, I., Vasconcelos, R., Velo-Antón, G., Vörös, J., Pleguezuelos, J.M. 2015. Conclusiones y propuestas de manejo de las poblaciones y especies de anfibios y reptiles alóctonos en España. Boletín de la Asociación Herpetológica Española. 26 (2): 113-115. PDF

 

Santos, X., Ayllón, E., Bertolero, A., Bosch, J., Cabido, C., Carranza, S., Carretero, M.A., Díaz-Paniagua, C., Egea-Serrano, A., Garin-Barrio, I., Giménez, A., Gosá, A., Graciá, E., Guicking, D., Llorente, G.A., Martínez-Solano, I., Mateo, J.A., Montori, A., Palomar, G., Perera, A., Pinya, S., Pretus, J.L., Pujol-Buxó, E., Rato, C., Recuero, E., Sanz-Azkue, I., Silva-Rocha, I., Vasconcelos, R., Velo-Antón, G., Vörös, J., Pleguezuelos, J.M. 2015. Propuesta de revisión de los listados y catálogos nacionales y autonómicos de especies amenazadas y protegidas, y del catálogo nacional de especies invasoras. Boletín de la Asociación Herpetológica Española. 26 (2): 108-112. PDF

 

Santos, X., Ayllón, E., Bertolero, A., Bosch, J., Cabido, C., Carranza, S., Carretero, M.A., Díaz-Paniagua, C., Egea-Serrano, A., Garin-Barrio, I., Giménez, A., Gosá, A., Graciá, E., Guicking, D., Llorente, G.A., Martínez-Solano, I., Mateo, J.A., Montori, A., Palomar, G., Perera, A., Pinya, S., Pretus, J.L., Pujol-Buxó, E., Rato, C., Recuero, E., Sanz-Azkue, I., Silva-Rocha, I., Vasconcelos, R., Velo-Antón, G., Vörös, J., Pleguezuelos, J.M. 2015. Síntesis de las introducciones de anfibios y reptiles en España. Boletín de la Asociación Herpetológica Española. 26 (2): 98-108. PDF

 

Rato, C. 2015. La salamanquesa común (Tarentola mauritanica) en la península Ibérica e islas baleares. Boletín de la Asociación Herpetológica Española. 26 (2): 55-58. PDF

 

Rato, C., Yıldız, M.Z., İğci, N., Olgun, K., Ilgaz, Ç, Avcı, A., Ahmadzadeh, F., Carretero, M.A. 2015. Phylogenetic relationships of the populations of Iranolacerta brandtii (de Filippi, 1863) (Squamata: Lacertidae) recently found in Eastern Anatolia, Turkey. Zoology in the Middle East. 61 (4): 324-331. PDF

 

Rato, C., Carretero, M.A. 2015. Ecophysiology tracks phylogeny and meets ecological models in an Iberian gecko. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 88 (5): 564-575. PDF

 

Rato, C., Harris, D.J., Perera, A., Carvalho, S.B., Carretero, M.A., Rödder, D. 2015. A combination of divergence and conservatism in the niche evolution of Tarentola mauritanica (Gekkota: Phyllodactylidae). ​PLoS One. 10 (5): e0127980. PDF

 

Rato, C, Resendes, R., Tristão da Cunha, R., Harris, D.J. 2015.  First record of Tarentola substituta Joger, 1984, and genetic identification of Tarentola mauritanica (Linnaeus, 1758) in the Azores. Herpetozoa. 27 (3/4): 182-187. PDF

 

Rato, C, Silva-Rocha, I., García-Miras, E., García-Cardenete, L., Fariña, B., Carretero, M.A. 2015. A molecular assessment of European populations of Indotyphlops braminus (Daudin, 1803). Herpetozoa. 27 (3/4): 179-182. PDF

 

 

2013
 

Carretero, M.A., Rato, C. 2013. Una observación de actividad nocturna en Psammodromus algirus. Boletín de la Asociación Herpetológica Española. 24(2): 6-8. PDF

 

García-Muñoz, E., Rato, C., Jorge. F., Carretero, M.A. 2013. Lateralization in escape behaviour at different hierarchical levels in a gecko: Tarentola angustimentalis from eastern Canary Islands. PLoS One. 8(11): e78329. PDF



Harris, D.J., Rato, C. 2013. Why are red list species not on the EDGE? A reply to Winter et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 28(6): 321-322. PDF


Molecular Ecology Resources Primer Development, C., Arranz, S. E., Avarre, J.-C., Balasundaram, C., Bouza, C., Calcaterra, N. B., Cezilly, F., Chen, S.-l., Cipriani, G., Cruz, V. P., D'Esposito, D., Daniel, C., Dejean, A., Dharaneedharan, S., Díaz, J., Du, M., Durand, J.-D., Dziadek, J., Foresti, F., Peng-cheng, F., Gao, Q.-b., García, G., Gauffre-Autelin, P., Giovino, A., Goswami, M., Guarino, C., Guerra-Varela, J., Gutiérrez, V., Harris, D. J., Heo, M.-S., Khan, G., Kim, M., Lakra, W. S., Lauth, J., Leclercq, P., Lee, J., Lee, S.-H., Lee, S., Lee, T., Li, Y.-h., Liu, H., Liu, S., Malé, P.-J. G., Mandhan, R. P., Martinez, P., Mayer, V. E., Mendel, J., Mendes, N. J., F. Mendonça, F., Minias, A., Minias, P., Oh, K.-S., Oliveira, C., Orivel, J., Orsini, L., Pardo, B. G., Perera, A., Procaccini, G., Rato, C., Ríos, N., Scibetta, S., Sharma, B. S., Sierens, T., Singh, A., Terer, T., Triest, L., Urbánková, S., Vera, M., Villanova, G. V., Voglmayr, H., Vyskočilová, M., Wang, H., Wang, J.-l., Wattier, R. A., Xing, R., Yadav, K., Yin, G., Yuan, Y., Yun, J.-C., Zhang, F.-q., Zhang, J.-h. & Zhuang, Z. 2013. Permanent Genetic Resources added to Molecular Ecology Resources Database 1 December 2012–31 January 2013. Molecular Ecology Resources 13: 546-549. PDF


Rato, C., Carranza, S, Perera, A., Harris, D.J. 2013. Evolutionary patterns of the mitochondrial genome in the Moorish gecko, Tarentola mauritanica. Gene, 512 (1) 166-173. PDF





2012


Santos, X.; Rato, C.; Carranza, S.; Carretero, M. A. & Pleguezuelos, J. M. 2012. Complex phylogeography in the Southern Smooth Snake Coronella girondica supported by mtDNA sequences. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. 50 (3): 210-219. PDF


Santos, X.; Rato, C.; Carranza, S.; Carretero, M. A. & Pleguezuelos, J. M. 2012. Morphology matches mtDNA lineages in the smooth snake Coronella girondica from (Southeastern) Iberia. Zoology, 115: 398-404. PDF


Rato, C., Carranza, S., Harris, D.J. 2012. Evolutionary history of the genus Tarentola (Gekkota: Phyllodactylidae) from the Mediterranean Basin, using multilocus sequence data. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12:14, doi:10.1186/1471-2148-12-14. PDF





2011


García-Muñoz, E., Jorge, F., Rato, C., Carretero, M. A. 2011. Pseudoepidalea brongersmai (Brongersma’s Toad) predation. Herpetological Review, 42(3): 413-414. PDF


Rato, C., Carranza, Harris, D.J., 2011. When selection deceives phylogeographic interpretation: The case of the Mediterranean house gecko, Hemidactylus turcicus (Linnaeus, 1758). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 58, 365-373. PDF





2010


García-Muñoz E., Jorge F., Rato C., Carretero MA. 2010. Four types of malformations in a population of Bufo boulengeri (Amphibia, Anura, Bufonidae) from the Jbilet Mountains (Marrakech, Morocco). Herpetology Notes, 3: 267-270 . PDF


Rato, C., Carranza, S., Perera, A., Carretero, M.A., Harris, D.J., 2010. Conflicting patterns of nucleotide diversity between mtDNA and nDNA in the Moorish gecko, Tarentola mauritanica. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 56, 962-971. PDF





2009


Rato, C., Zuffi, M.A.L., Corti, C., Fornasiero, S., Gentilli, A., Razzetti, E., Scali, S., Carretero, M.A., Harris, D.J., 2009. Phylogeography of the European Whip Snake, Hierophis viridiflavus (Colubridae), using mtDNA and nuclear DNA sequences. Amphibia-Reptilia 30, 283-289. PDF





2008


Harris, D.J., Carretero, M.A., Brito, J.C., Kaliontzopoulou, A., Pinho, C., Perera, A., Vasconcelos, R., Barata, M., Barbosa, D., Carvalho, S., Fonseca, M.M., Pérez-Lanuza, G., Rato, C., 2008. Data on the distribution of the terrestrial herpetofauna of Morocco: records from 2001-2006. Herpetological Bulletin 103, 19-28. PDF


Rato, C., Harris, D.J., 2008. Genetic variation within Saurodactylus and its phylogenetic relationships within the Gekkonoidea estimated from mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences. Amphibia-Reptilia 29, 25-34. PDF





2007


Rato, C., Brito, J.C., Carretero, M.A., Larbes, S., Shacham, B., Harris, D.J., 2007. Phylogeography and genetic diversity of Psammophis schokari (Serpentes) in North Africa based on mitochondrial DNA sequences. African Zoology 42, 112-117. PDF



 

 

 

​Web documents of Science Outreach

 

Rato, C. 2012. Salamanquesa rosada – Hemidactylus turcicus. In: Enciclopedia Virtual de los Vertebrados Españoles. Salvador, A., Marco, A. (Eds.). Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid. http://www.vertebradosibericos.org/

CONTACTS

CIBIO/InBIO - Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

Campus de cairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, nº7

4485-661, Vairão, Vila do Conde, Portugal

catarina.rato@cibio.up.pt \\ Tel: +351 252660411

 

CONTACTS

CIBIO/InBIO - Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

Campus de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, nº7

4485-661, Vairão, Vila do Conde, Portugal

catarina.rato[at]cibio.up.pt \\ Tel: +351 252660411

 

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