Directorate Taxonomy and Phylogeny - Erik Verheyen

Erik Verheyen

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Key Publications
E. Decru, Moelants, T. , De Gelas, K. , Vreven, E. , Verheyen, E. , and Snoeks, J. , Taxonomic challenges in freshwater fishes: a mismatch between morphology and DNA barcoding in fish of the north-eastern part of the Congo basin, Molecular Ecology Resources, vol. 16, pp. 342-352, 2016.
S. Koblmuller, Nevado, B. , Makasa, L. , Van Steenberge, M. , Vanhove, M. P. M. , Verheyen, E. , Sturmbauer, C. , and Sefc, K. M. , Phylogeny and phylogeography of Altolamprologus: ancient introgression and recent divergence in a rock-dwelling Lake Tanganyika cichlid genus, Hydrobiologia, p. 16 pp., 2016.
C. Kaswera Kyamakya, Akaibe, D. , Kambale, J. - L. K. , Verheyen, E. , and Ngbolua, K. -te- N. , Pression de chasse sur Petrodromus tetradactylus tordayi (Thomas, 1910: Mammalia) dans six villages des environnants de la Réserve Forestière de Yoko (Province de la Tshopo, RD Congo), International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research, vol. 26, pp. 182-189, 2016.

2016

E. Decru, Moelants, T. , De Gelas, K. , Vreven, E. , Verheyen, E. , and Snoeks, J. , Taxonomic challenges in freshwater fishes: a mismatch between morphology and DNA barcoding in fish of the north-eastern part of the Congo basin, Molecular Ecology Resources, vol. 16, pp. 342-352, 2016.
S. Koblmuller, Nevado, B. , Makasa, L. , Van Steenberge, M. , Vanhove, M. P. M. , Verheyen, E. , Sturmbauer, C. , and Sefc, K. M. , Phylogeny and phylogeography of Altolamprologus: ancient introgression and recent divergence in a rock-dwelling Lake Tanganyika cichlid genus, Hydrobiologia, p. 16 pp., 2016.
C. Kaswera Kyamakya, Akaibe, D. , Kambale, J. - L. K. , Verheyen, E. , and Ngbolua, K. -te- N. , Pression de chasse sur Petrodromus tetradactylus tordayi (Thomas, 1910: Mammalia) dans six villages des environnants de la Réserve Forestière de Yoko (Province de la Tshopo, RD Congo), International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research, vol. 26, pp. 182-189, 2016.
R. Abila, Akoll, P. , Albertson, C. , Antunes, D. , Banda, T. , Bills, R. , Bulirani, A. , A Manda, C. , Cohen, A. S. , Cunha-Saraiva, F. , Derycke, S. , Donohue, I. , Du, M. , Dudu, A. M. , Egger, B. , Fritzsche, K. , Frommen, J. G. , Gante, H. F. , Genner, M. J. , Harer, A. , Hata, H. , Irvine, K. , P Mwapu, I. , L de Bisthoven, J. , Jungwirth, A. , Kaleme, P. , Katongo, C. , Kéver, L. , Koblmuller, S. , Konings, A. , Lamboj, A. , Lemmel-Schaedelin, F. , G Schiaffino, M. , Martens, K. , P Mulungula, M. , Meyer, A. , More, H. L. , Musilova, Z. , F Bukinga, M. , Muzumani, R. , Ntakimazi, G. , Okello, W. , Phiri, H. , Pialek, L. , Plisnier, P. D. , Raeymaekers, J. A. M. , Rajkov, J. , Rican, O. , Roberts, R. , Salzburger, W. , Schön, I. , Sefc, K. M. , Singh, P. , Skelton, P. , Snoeks, J. , Schneider, K. , Sturmbauer, C. , Svardal, H. , Svensson, O. , J Dowdall, T. , Turner, G. F. , Tyers, A. , J.C, vanRijssel, Van Steenberge, M. , Vanhove, M. P. M. , Verheyen, E. , Weber, A. - T. , Weyl, O. , Ziegelbecker, A. , and Zimmermann, H. , Oil extraction imperils Africa's Great Lakes, Science, vol. 354, pp. 561-562, 2016.
E. Decru, Moelants, T. , De Gelas, K. , Vreven, E. , Verheyen, E. , and Snoeks, J. , Taxonomic challenges in freshwater fishes: a mismatch between morphology and DNA barcoding in fish of the north-eastern part of the Congo basin, Molecular Ecology Resources, vol. 16, pp. 342-352, 2016.
J. Bryja, Šumbera, R. , Peterhans, J. C. Kerbis, Aghová, T. , Bryjova, A. , Mikula, O. , Nicolas, V. , Denys, C. , and Verheyen, E. , Evolutionary history of the thicket rats (genus Grammomys) mirrors the evolution of African forests since late Miocene, Journal of Biogeography, pp. 1-13, 2016.

2014

F. Van de Perre, Dessein, S. , Verheyen, E. , and Leirs, H. , The COBIMFO project: An assessment of the relation between carbon storage and biodiversity in the Yangambi Biosphere Reserve (DR Congo), in 1st International Conference on Biodiversity in the Congo Basin, Kisangani, DR Congo, 6-10 June 2014, 2014, pp. 142-143.
A. Laudisoit, Sadiki, D. Falay, Drazo, N. Amundala, Mirumigu, A. Dudu, De Bellocq, J. Goüy, Van Houtte, N. , Breno, M. , Verheyen, E. , Wilschut, L. , Parola, P. , Raoult, D. , and Socolovschi, C. , High Prevalence of Rickettsia typhi and Bartonella Species in Rats and Fleas, Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Abstract Book - 1st International Conference on Biodiversity in the Congo Basin, Kisangani, DR Congo, 6-10 June 2014, 2014, p. 206.
G. Sonet, Nagy, Z. Tamás, Beudels-Jamar, R. , Lafontaine, R. - M. , Robert, H. , and Verheyen, E. , Identifying Congolese birds from feathers using DNA barcodes, in Abstract book - 1st International Conference on Biodiversity in the Congo Basin, Kisangani, DR Congo, 6-10 June 2014, 2014, p. 158.
C. Nebesse Mololo, Nyere, A. , Melekani, P. , Mbalitini, S. Gambalemok, Tungaluna, G. Crispin Ge, Verheyen, E. , and Mirumigu, A. Dudu, State of play of the registered exploitation of game at the Control post AFILONDO (Project Pro-roads ) on the RN4 (PK 129, Route Buta, Kisangani, DR Congo), in Abstract Book - 21st Benelux Congress of Zoology, Liège, Belgium, 12-13 December 2014, 2014, p. 212.
F. Van de Perre, Dessein, S. , Verheyen, E. , and Leirs, H. , The COBIMFO project: An assessment of the relation between carbon storage and biodiversity in the Yangambi Biosphere Reserve (DR Congo), in 1st International Conference on Biodiversity in the Congo Basin, Kisangani, DR Congo, 6-10 June 2014, 2014, pp. 142-143.
Z. Tamás Nagy, Verheyen, E. , Vreven, E. , Sonet, G. , Breman, F. C. , Jordaens, K. , Van Houdt, J. , Hanssens, M. , Mizani, C. Danadu, and Snoeks, J. , Towards the DNA barcoding of the Congolese riverine fish fauna, in Abstract book - 1st International Conference on Biodiversity in the Congo Basin, Kisangani, DR Congo, 6-10 June 2014, 2014, p. 177.
S. Gambalemok Mbalitini, Itoka, J. - C. Mukinzi, Kabeya, P. Mutombo, Drazo, N. Amundala, Banda, P. Katuala Ga, Hutterer, R. , Prevot, V. , Verheyen, E. , and Mirumigu, A. Dudu, Preliminary data on the biodiversity of Rodents (Rodentia) and shrews (Soricomorpha) in the Hunting Area Rubi - Tele (Province Orientale, Democratic Republic of Congo), in Abstract Book - 21st Benelux Congress of Zoology, Liège, Belgium, 12-13 December 2014, 2014, p. 212.
N. Amundala Drazo, Leirs, H. , Verheyen, E. , Laudisoit, A. , Mbalitini, S. Gambalemok, and Mirumigu, A. Dudu, Biodiversity, reproduction and population structure of Sciuridae (Rodentia, Mammalia) from the Forest Reserves of Yoko, Masako and the locality of Uma (Eastern Province, DR Congo), in Abstract Book - 21st Benelux Congress of Zoology, Liège, Belgium, 12-13 December 2014, 2014, p. 108.
A. Laudisoit, Chantrey, J. , Drazo, N. Amundala, Crombe, F. , Birtles, R. , Verheyen, E. , and De Bellocq, J. Goüy, Microdiversity inside macrobiodiversity: Zoonotic risk along the Congo River, in Abstract Book - 1st International Conference on Biodiversity in the Congo Basin, Kisangani, DR Congo, 6-10 June 2014, 2014, p. 108.
Z. Tamás Nagy, Z Kusamba, C. , Greenbaum, E. , Gvozdik, V. , Matthyssen, S. , J Bodongola, A. , Verheyen, E. , Mebert, K. , and Kielgast, J. , Assessing the diversity of Congolese snakes with DNA barcoding, in Abstract book - 1st International Conference on Biodiversity in the Congo Basin, Kisangani, DR Congo, 6-10 June 2014, 2014, pp. 145-146.
M. To Hulu, Pitchou, J. - P. , Drazo, N. Amundala, Mongo, L. Waya, Sylvestre, G. Mbalitini, Mweru, J. - P. Mate, Ewango, C. , Verheyen, E. , Mirumigu, A. Dudu, and Bogaert, J. , Diversity and demographic structure of Rodents populations (Rodentia: Mammalia) according an anthropisation gradient in Forestry Reserve of Masako (R. D. Congo), in Abstract Book - 21st Benelux Congress of Zoology, Liège, Belgium, 12-13 December 2014, 2014, p. 79.
S. Derycke, Kéver, L. , Parmentier, E. , Poncin, P. , Snoeks, J. , Van Houdt, J. , Van Steenberge, M. , and Verheyen, E. , GENBAS: Unravelling the genomic basis of speciation in African cichlids from Lake Tanganyika, in Zoology 2014, 21st Benelux Congress of Zoology, 2014.
L. Janssens de Bisthoven, F Habiyaremye, M. , Susini, M. - L. , de Koeijer, H. , Grootaert, P. , and Verheyen, E. , Capacity development with a focus on biodiversity in DR Congo. First International Conference of Biodiversity in the Congo Basin, Kisangani, R.D. Congo, 2014.
A. Laudisoit, Sadiki, D. Falay, Drazo, N. Amundala, De Bellocq, J. Goüy, Van Houtte, N. , Breno, M. , Verheyen, E. , Wilschut, L. , Parola, P. , Raoult, D. , and Socolovschi, C. , High Prevalence of Rickettsia typhi and Bartonella Species in Rats and Fleas, Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2014.
J. Brya, Mikula, O. , Šumbera, R. , Meheretu, Y. , Aghová, T. , Lavrenchenko, L. A. , Mazoch, V. , Oguge, N. , Welegerima, J. , Drazo, N. Amundala, Colyn, M. , Leirs, H. , and Verheyen, E. , Pan-African phylogeny of Mus (subgenus Nannomys) reveals one of the most successful mammal radiations in Africa, BMC Evolutionary Biology, vol. 2014, 2014.
N. Mary Anthony, Atteke, C. , Bruford, M. W. , Dallmeier, F. , Freedman, A. , Hardy, O. , Ibrahim, B. , Jeffery, K. J. , Johnson, M. , Lahm, S. A. , Lepengue, N. , Lowenstein, J. , Sullivan, J. , Verheyen, E. , and Gonder, M. K. , Evolution and Conservation of Central African Biodiversity: Priorities for Future Research and Education in the Congo Basin and Gulf of Guinea, Biotropica, pp. 1-12, 2014.
G. Sonet, Colyn, M. , Verheyen, E. , Nagy, Z. Tamás, Wendelen, W. , Van Rompaey, H. , and Hulselmans, J. , Afrotropical forest-dwelling mongooses (Mammalia: Herpestidae: Crossarchus ) investigated by craniometry and mitochondrial DNA, Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, vol. 52, pp. 323 - 330, 2014.
J. Bryja, O, M. , H, P. , N, O. , R, Š. , and Verheyen, E. , The role of dispersal and vicariance in Pleistocene history of an East African mountain rodent, Praomys delectorum, Journal of Biogeography, vol. 41, pp. 196-208, 2014.
L. A. Rocha, Aleixio, A. , Allen, G. , Almeida, F. , Baldwin, C. C. , Barclay, M. V. L. , Bates, J. M. , Bauer, A. M. , Benzoni, F. , Berns, C. N. , Berumen, M. L. , Blackburn, D. C. , Blum, S. , Bola\ños, F. , Bowie, R. C. K. , Britz, R. , Brown, R. , Cadena, C. D. , Carpenter, K. , Ceríaco, L. M. , Chakrabarty, P. , Chaves, G. , Choat, J. H. , Clements, K. D. , Colette, B. B. , Collins, A. , Coyne, J. , Cracraft, J. , Daniel, T. , de Carvalho, M. R. , de Queiroz, K. , Di Dario, R. , Drewes, R. , Dumbacher, J. P. , A Jr, E. , Erdmann, E. V. , Eschmeyer, W. , Feldman, C. R. , Fisher, B. L. , Fjeldsa, J. , Fritsch, P. W. , Fuchs, J. , Getahun, A. , Gill, A. , Gomon, M. , Gosliner, T. , Graves, G. R. , Griswold, C. E. , Guralnick, R. , Hartel, K. , Helgen, K. M. , Ho, H. , Iskander, D. T. , Iwamoto, T. , Jaafar, Z. , James, H. F. , Johnson, D. , Kavanaugh, D. , Knowlton, N. , Lacey, E. , Larson, H. K. , Last, P. , Leis, J. M. , Lessios, H. , Liebherr, J. , Lowman, M. , Mahler, D. L. , Mamonekene, V. , Matsuura, K. , Mayer, G. C. , H Jr, M. , McCosker, J. , McDiarmid, R. W. , McGuire, J. , Miller, M. J. , Mooi, R. , Mooi, R. D. , Moritz, C. , Myers, P. , Nachman, W. M. , Nussbaum, R. A. , Foighil, D. Ó. , Parenti, L. R. , Parham, J. F. , Paul, E. , Paulay, G. , Pérez-Eman, J. , Pérez-Matus, A. , Poe, S. , Pogonoski, J. , Rabosky, D. L. , Randall, J. E. , Reimer, J. D. , Robertson, D. R. , Rödel, M. - O. , Rodrigues, M. T. , Roopnarine, P. , Rüber, L. , Ryan, M. J. , Sheldon, F. , Shinohara, G. , Short, A. , Simison, W. B. , Smith-Vaniz, F. , Springer, G. , Stiassny, M. , Tello, J. G. , Thompson, C. W. , Trnski, T. , Tucker, P. , Valqui, T. , Vecchione, M. , Verheyen, E. , Wainwright, P. C. , Wheeler, T. A. , White, W. T. , Will, K. , Williams, J. T. , Williams, G. , Wilson, E. O. , Winker, K. , Witterbottom, R. , and Witt, C. C. , Specimen collection: An essential tool, Science, vol. 344, pp. 814-815, 2014.

2013

B. Nevado, Mautner, S. , Sturmbauer, C. , and Verheyen, E. , Water level fluctuations and metapopulation dynamics as drivers of genetic diversity in populations of three Tanganyikan cichlid fish species, Molecular Ecology, vol. 22, pp. 3933-3948, 2013.
P. Colangelo, Verheyen, E. , Leirs, H. , Tatard, C. , Denys, C. , Dobigny, G. , Duplantier, J. -marc, Brouat, C. , Granjon, L. , and Lecompte, E. , A mitochondrial phylogeographic scenario for the most widespread African rodent species , Mastomys natalensis, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 108, pp. 901–916, 2013.
L. W. M. Iyongo, C, D. Cannière, Ulyel, J. , Dudu, B. A. , Bukasa, K. , Verheyen, E. , and Bogaert, J. , Effets de lisière et sex ratio de rongeurs forestiers dans un écosystème fragmenté en République Democratique du Congo (Réserve de Masako, Kisangani), Tropicultura, vol. 31, pp. 3-10, 2013.
P. Colangelo, Verheyen, E. , Leirs, H. , Tatard, C. , Denys, C. , Dobigny, G. , Duplantier, J. -marc, Brouat, C. , Granjon, L. , and Lecompte, E. , A mitochondrial phylogeographic scenario for the most widespread African rodent species , Mastomys natalensis, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 108, pp. 901-916, 2013.
V. Verhaert, Covaci, A. , Bouillon, S. , Abrantes, K. , Musibono, D. , Bervoets, L. , Verheyen, E. , and Blust, R. , Baseline levels and trophic transfer of persistent organic pollutants in sediments and biota from the Congo River Basin (DR Congo), Environment International, vol. 59, pp. 290-302, 2013.
G. -crispinGembu Tungaluna, Cakenberghe, V. V. A. N. , Akawa, P. Musaba, Akaibe, B. Dudu, Verheyen, E. , Vree, F. D. E. , Fahr, J. , Sciences, F. , De Kisangani, U. , and Kisangani, B. P. , Rediscovery of Glauconycteris superba Hayman , 1939 ( Chiroptera : Vespertilionidae ) after 40 years at Mbiye Island , Democratic Republic of the Congo, European Journal of Taxonomy, vol. 42, pp. 1–18, 2013.
K. Kaswera, Dudu, A. , Verheyen, E. , and Gilissen, E. , Densite et distribution de Tetrodromus tetradactylus tordayi (Macroscelididae, Mammalia) dans la reserve forestiere de Yoko (R.D.Congo), Annales de la Faculté des Sciences, vol. 15, pp. 205-218, 2013.
W. T. Stanley, Robbins, L. W. , Malekani, J. M. , Mbalitini, S. Gambalemok, Migurimu, D. Akaibe, Mukinzi, J. Claude, Hulselmans, J. , Prevot, V. , Verheyen, E. , Hutterer, R. , Doty, J. B. , Monroe, B. P. , Nakazawa, Y. J. , Braden, Z. , Carroll, D. , Peterhans, J. C. Kerbis, Bates, J. M. , and Esselstyn, J. A. , A new hero emerges: another exceptional mammalian spine and its potential adaptive significance, Biology Letters, vol. 9, 2013.
W. T. Stanley, Robbins, L. W. , Malekani, J. M. , Mbalitini, S. Gambalemok, Migurimu, D. Akaibe, Mukinzi, J. Claude, Hulselmans, J. , Prevot, V. , Verheyen, E. , Hutterer, R. , Doty, J. B. , Monroe, B. P. , Nakazawa, Y. J. , Braden, Z. , Carroll, D. , Peterhans, J. C. Kerbis, Bates, J. M. , and Esselstyn, J. A. , A new hero emerges: another exceptional mammalian spine and its potential adaptive significance, Biology Letters, vol. 9, 2013.
G. -crispinGembu Tungaluna, Cakenberghe, V. V. A. N. , Akawa, P. Musaba, Akaibe, B. Dudu, Verheyen, E. , Vree, F. D. E. , Fahr, J. , Sciences, F. , De Kisangani, U. , and Kisangani, B. P. , Rediscovery of Glauconycteris superba Hayman , 1939 ( Chiroptera : Vespertilionidae ) after 40 years at Mbiye Island , Democratic Republic of the Congo, European Journal of Taxonomy, vol. 42, pp. 1-18, 2013.
G. Tungaluna T.C, Victor, V. Cakenbergh, P, M. Akawa, M, D. Akaibe, Verheyen, E. , De Vree, F. , and Fahr, J. , Rediscovery of Glauconycteris superba Hayman, 1939 (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) after 40 years at Mbiye Island, Democratic Republic of the Congo, European Journal of Taxonomy, vol. 42, pp. 1-18, 2013.

2012

M. Vences, Nagy, Z. Tamás, Sonet, G. , and Verheyen, E. , DNA Barcoding Amphibians and Reptiles, in DNA Barcodes: Methods and Protocols, vol. 858, J. W. Kress and Erickson, D. L. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press, 2012, pp. 79–107.
I. Schön, Eggermont, H. , Verheyen, E. , and Martens, K. , Palaeogenetics for ostracods, in Ostracoda as proxies for Quaternary climate change, D. J. Horne, Holmes, J. , Viehberg, F. , and Rodriguez-Lazaro, J. Elsevier, 2012, pp. 297-304.
M. Vences, Nagy, Z. Tamás, Sonet, G. , and Verheyen, E. , DNA Barcoding Amphibians and Reptiles, in DNA Barcodes: Methods and Protocols, vol. 858, J. W. Kress and Erickson, D. L. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press, 2012, pp. 79-107.
I. Schön, Eggermont, H. , Verheyen, E. , and Martens, K. , Ostracoda as Proxies for Quaternary Climate Change, in Developments in Quaternary Science Vol 17, vol. 17, Elsevier B.V., 2012, pp. 297–304.

2011

G. Sonet, Breman, F. C. , Louette, M. , Montanes, G. , Nagy, Z. Tamás, Jeroen, V. Houdt, and Verheyen, E. , Applicability of DNA barcoding to museum specimens of birds from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bonner Zoologische Monographien, pp. 117-131, 2011.

2010

S. Ntie, Johnston, a.R. , Mickala, P. , Bowkett, a.E. , B van Vuuren, J. , Colyn, M. , Telfer, P. , Maisels, F. , Hymas, O. , Rouyer, R. L. , Wallace, Ra, LeBlanc, K. , van Vliet, N. , Sonet, G. , Verheyen, E. , Pires, D. , Wickings, E. J. , Lahm, Sa, and Anthony, N. M. , A molecular diagnostic for identifying central African forest artiodactyls from faecal pellets, Animal Conservation, vol. 13, pp. 80-93, 2010.
M. Colyn, Hulselmans, J. A. N. , Sonet, G. , Oudé, P. , Winter, J. A. N. D. E. , Natta, A. , Nagy, Z. Tamás, and Verheyen, E. , Discovery of a new duiker species (Bovidae: Cephalophinae) from the Dahomey Gap, West Africa, Zootaxa, vol. 30, pp. 1–30, 2010.
M. Colyn, Hulselmans, J. A. N. , Sonet, G. , Oudé, P. , Winter, J. A. N. D. E. , Natta, A. , Nagy, Z. Tamás, and Verheyen, E. , Discovery of a new duiker species (Bovidae: Cephalophinae) from the Dahomey Gap, West Africa, Zootaxa, vol. 30, pp. 1-30, 2010.
S. Ntie, Johnston, a.R. , Mickala, P. , Bowkett, a.E. , B van Vuuren, J. , Colyn, M. , Telfer, P. , Maisels, F. , Hymas, O. , Rouyer, R. L. , Wallace, Ra, LeBlanc, K. , van Vliet, N. , Sonet, G. , Verheyen, E. , Pires, D. , Wickings, E. J. , Lahm, Sa, and Anthony, N. M. , A molecular diagnostic for identifying central African forest artiodactyls from faecal pellets, Animal Conservation, vol. 13, pp. 80–93, 2010.
15/05/2011 to 31/03/2016

COBAFISH

The COBAFISH project proposes a study of biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics of the Congo River basin and its tributariesbased on a multidisciplinary approach gathering past and new  relevant data series from biology, ecology and biogeochemistry.
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