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Philippe Gaubert

IRD research scientist Team Phylogeny and molecular evolution
Phone +33 (0)4 67 14 32 61
Localization Bât. 22 - RdC
Mots clés Phylogenetics Biogeography Phylogeography Conservation genetics Carnivores Pholidotes.

My research lines consist of three main axes mostly focused on Carnivores and Pholidotes:
1) phylogeny and biogeography between Africa and Asia (phenotypic evolution and biogeographic scenarios),
2) phylogeography and genetic structure applied to conservation issues (ESUs, hybridization, introductions), and
3) DNA typing of animal markets.


Amroun M, Bensidhoum M, Delattre P, Gaubert P. (sous presse) Feeding habits of the common genet (Genetta genetta) in the area of Djurdjura, north of Algeria. Mammalia.

Do Linh San E, Ferguson AW, Belant JL, Schipper J, Hoffmann M, Gaubert P, Angelici FM, Somers MJ. 2013. Conservation status, distribution and species richness of small carnivores in Africa. Small Carnivore Conservation 48, 4-18.

Gaubert P, Dufour, S. 2013. First report of a chinchilla phenotype in Viverridae (Carnivora). Small Carnivore Conservation 48, 92-95.

Pacheco L, Ruiz de Azua N, Fernández-Garcia JM, Aransay N, Guallar F, Gaubert P. 2013. First record of Johnston’s Genet Genetta johnstoni in Senegal. Small Carnivore Conservation 48, 89-91.

Esquer Garrigos Y, Hugueny B, Koerner K, Ibañez C, Bonillo C, Pruvost P, Causse R, Cruaud C, Gaubert P. 2013. Non-invasive ancient DNA protocol for fluid-preserved specimens and phylogenetic systematics of the genus Orestias (Teleostei: Cyprinodontidae). Zootaxa 3640: 373-394.

Gaubert P, Bloch C, Benyacoub S, Abdelhamid A, Pagani P, Djagoun CAMS, Couloux A, Dufour S. 2012. Reviving the African Wolf Canis lupus lupaster in North and West Africa: a Mitochondrial Lineage Ranging More Than 6,000 km Wide. PLoS ONE 7: e42740.

Esquer Garrigos Y, Lambourdière J, Ibañez C, Gaubert P. 2011. Characterization of ten polymorphic microsatellite loci in the Andean pupfish Orestias agassizii, with cross-amplification in the sympatric O. luteus. Conservation Genetics Resources 3: 17-19.

Gaubert P, Machordom A, Morales A, López-Bao JV, Veron G, Amin M, Barros T, Basuony M, Djagoun CAMS, Do Linh San E, Fonseca C, Geffen E, Ozkurt SO, Cruaud C., Couloux A, Palomares F. 2011. Comparative phylogeography of two African carnivorans presumably introduced into Europe: disentangling natural versus human-mediated dispersal across the Strait of Gibraltar. Journal of Biogeography 38: 341-358.

Olayemi A, Oyeiyiola A, Antunes A, Bonillo C, Cruaud C, Gaubert P. 2011. Contribution of DNA-typing to bushmeat surveys: assessment of a roadside market in south-western Nigeria. Wildlife Research 38: 696-716.

Gaubert P, Mézan-Muxart V. 2010. Where have the ‘black genets’ gone? A likely restriction of melanistic cases of the common genet (Genetta genetta) to its introduced range. Mammalian Biology 75: 353-357.

Patou M-L, Wilting A, Gaubert P, Esselstyn JA, Cruaud C, Jennings AP, Fickel J, Veron G. 2010. Evolutionary history of the Paradoxurus palm civets – a new model for Asian biogeography. Journal of Biogeography 37: 2077-2097.

Fechner LC, Vincent-Hubert F, Gaubert P, Bouchez T, Gourlay-Francé C, Tusseau-Vuillemin M-H. 2010. Combined eukaryotic and bacterial community fingerprinting of natural freshwater biofilms using automated ribosomal intergenic spacer analysis. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 74: 542-553.

Gaubert P, Del Cerro I, Godoy JA, Palomares F. 2009. Early phases of a successful invasion: mitochondrial phylogeography of the common genet (Genetta genetta) within the Mediterranean Basin. Biological Invasions 11: 523-546.

Gaubert P, Denys G, Oberdorff T. 2009. Genus-level supertree of Cyprinidae (Actinopterygii: Cypriniformes), partitioned qualitative clade support and test of macro-evolutionary scenarios. Biological Reviews 84: 653-689.

Gaubert P, Zenatello M. 2009. Ancient DNA perspective on the failed introduction of mongooses in Italy during the XXth century. Journal of Zoology 279: 262-269.

Genome 10K Community of Scientists. 2009. Genome 10K: A proposal to obtain whole-genome sequence for 10 000 vertebrate species. Journal of Heredity 100: 659-674.

Djagoun SCAM, Gaubert P. 2009. Small carnivorans from southern Benin: a preliminary assessment of diversity and hunting pressure. Small Carnivore Conservation 40: 1-10.

Gaubert P, Balakrishnan M, Bekele, A. 2009. Corrigendum – “A road kill of the Ethiopian Genet Genetta abyssinica along the Addis Ababa–Dira Dewa Highway, Ethiopia” by Mundanthra BALAKRISHNAN and AFEWORK Bekele (2008, Small Carnivore Conservation 39: 37–38). Small Carnivore Conservation 40: 40.

Gaubert P, Jiguet F, Bayle P, Angelici FM. 2008. Has the common genet (Genetta genetta) spread into south-eastern France and Italy? Italian Journal of Zoology 75: 43-57.

Gaubert P, Chalubert A, Dubus G. 2008. An interactive identification key for genets and oyans (Carnivora, Viverridae, Genettinae, Genetta spp. and Poiana spp.) using Xper². Zootaxa 1717: 39-50.

Gaubert P, Del Cerro I, Palomares F, Godoy JA. 2008. Development and characterization of 11 microsatellite loci in a historically introduced carnivoran, the common genet (Genetta genetta). Molecular Ecology Resources 8: 1375-1377.

Luo S, Cai Q-X, David VA, Zhang L, Martelli P, Lim N, Ferrand N, Chin S-C, Gaubert P, O’Brien SJ, Antunes A, Johnson WE. 2007. Isolation and characterization of microsatellite markers in the Pangolins (Manis spp.). Molecular Ecology Notes 7: 269-272.

Gaubert P, Begg CM. 2007. Re-assessed molecular phylogeny and evolutionary scenario within genets (Carnivora, Viverridae, Genettinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 44: 920-927.

Papes M, Gaubert P. 2007. Modeling ecological niches from low number of occurrences: assessment of conservation status of viverrids (Mammalia, Carnivora) across two continents. Diversity and Distributions 13: 890-902.

Bichain J-M, Gaubert P, Samadi S, Boisselier-Dubayle M-C. 2007. A gleam in the dark: Phylogenetic species delimitation in the confusing spring-snail genus Bythinella Moquin-Tandon, 1856 (Gastropoda: Rissooidea: Amnicolidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 45: 927-941.

Veron G, Gaubert P, Franklin N, Jennings A, and Grassman L Jr. 2006. A reassessment of the distribution and taxonomy of the Endangered otter civet Cynogale bennettii (Carnivora, Viverridae). Oryx 40: 1-8.

Gaubert P, Papes M, Peterson AT. 2006. Natural history collections and the conservation of poorly known taxa: ecological niche modeling in central African rainforest genets (Genetta spp.). Biological Conservation 130: 106-117.

Gaubert P, Cordeiro-Estrela P. 2006. Phylogenetic systematics and tempo of evolution of the Viverrinae (Mammalia, Carnivora, Viverridae) within feliformians: implications for faunal exchanges between Asia and Africa. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 41: 266-278.

Gaubert P, Taylor PJ, Fernandes CA, Bruford MW, Veron G. 2005. Patterns of cryptic hybridization revealed using an integrative approach: a case study on genets (Carnivora, Viverridae, Genetta spp.) from the southern African subregion. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 86: 11-33.

Gaubert P, Wozencraft WC, Cordeiro-Estrela P, Veron G. 2005. Mosaic of convergences, noise and misleading morphological phylogenies: what’s in a viverrid-like carnivoran? Systematic Biology 54: 865-894.

Gaubert P, Antunes A. 2005. Assessing the taxonomic status of the Palawan pangolin Manis culionensis (Pholidota) using discrete morphological characters. Journal of Mammalogy 86: 1068-1074. [Couverture du journal]

Gaubert P, Wozencraft WC. 2005. Comment on the proposed conservation of Viverra maculata Gray, 1830 (currently Genetta maculata; Mammalia, Carnivora). Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 62: 242-244.

Gaubert P, Tranier M, Delmas A-S., Colyn M, Veron G. 2004. First molecular evidence for reassessing phylogenetic affinities between genets (Genetta) and the enigmatic genet-like taxa Osbornictis, Poiana and Prionodon (Carnivora, Viverridae). Zoologica Scripta 33: 117-129.

Gaubert P, Fernandes CA, Bruford MW, Veron G. 2004. Genets in Africa: an evolutionary synthesis based on cytochrome b sequences and morphological characters. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 81: 589-610.

Veron G, Colyn C, Dunham AE, Taylor PJ, Gaubert P. 2004. Molecular phylogeny of the mongooses (Carnivora, Herpestidae) and origin of the sociality in this family. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 30: 582-598.

Gaubert P, Aniskin VM, Dunham AE, Crémière C, Volobouev VT. 2004. Karyotype of the rare Johnston’s genet Genetta johnstoni (Viverridae) and a reassessment of chromosomal characterization among congeneric species. Acta Theriologica 49: 457-464.

Gaubert P. 2003. Description of a new species of genet (Carnivora, Viverridae, genus Genetta) and taxonomic revision of forest forms related to the Large-spotted Genet complex. Mammalia 67: 85-108.

Gaubert P, Tranier M, Veron G, Kock D, DunhamAE,Taylor PJ, Stuart C, Stuart T, Wozencraft WC. 2003. Nomenclatural comments on the Rusty-spotted Genet (Carnivora, Viverridae) and designation of a neotype. Zootaxa 160: 1-14.

Gaubert P, Tranier M, Veron G, Kock D, DunhamAE,Taylor PJ, Stuart C, Stuart T, Wozencraft WC. 2003. Case 3204. Viverra maculata Gray, 1830 (currently Genetta maculata; Mammalia, Carnivora): proposed conservation of the specific name. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 60: 45-47.

Gaubert P, Veron G. 2003. Exhaustive sample set among Viverridae reveals the sister-group of felids: the Linsangs as a case of extreme morphological convergence within Feliformia. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Biological Sciences 270: 2523-2530.

Gaubert P, Veron G, Tranier M. 2002. Genets and “genet-like” taxa (Carnivora, Viverrinae) : Phylogenetic analysis, systematics and biogeographic implications. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 134: 317-334.

Gaubert P, Veron G, Colyn M, Dunham A, Shultz S, Tranier M. 2002. A reassessment of the distributional range of the rare Genetta johnstoni (Viverridae, Carnivora), with some newly discovered specimens. Mammal Review 32: 132-144.