This study was carried out with the help of funds granted by BIOPAT – Patenschaften für biologische Vielfalt e.V. and the Amphibian Conservation Fund by Stiftung Artenschutz and VDZ to MV, BP, SG and EG; by the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (MBZ) to MV and BP; and by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) to SR, SG and EG. Skin peptide studies in the Rollins-Smith lab were supported by National Science Foundation (USA) grant IOS-1121758. We are grateful to Yael Ballon, Eliane Küpfer, Asaf Moran, Noa Truskanov (in alphabetic order), who have provided assistance during fieldwork, as well as Gilad Amir for reporting the first specimen found in Yesod HaMa’ala, and Shai, Muli and Yehuda Dabush for reporting the L. nigriventer roadkill. Furthermore, we thank the staff of the Hula Nature Reserve for providing access to areas not open to the public and patiently helping wherever help was needed; special thanks go to Yifat Artzi for logistic assistance and provision of office space. We also thank Giora Gigis, curator at the Beit Ussishkin Nature Museum located in Kibbutz Dan for assisting in night surveys and providing access to old documents on L. nigriventer. Above this, we are grateful to Meike Kondermann as well as Joana Sabino-Pinto for help with labwork and Boaz Shacham who allowed the examination of specimens in the HUJ collection under his care. Thanks are also due to Sabin Bhuju, Robert Geffers and Michael Jarek, who performed Illumina sequencing and sequence pre-processing. Last but not least, we thank the reviewers and editorial staff for their detailed comments and suggestions that improved our manuscript. Permits and authorisations were granted by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Tadpoles and metamorphs were reared under Permit number 2015/40926.
Received: 18 March 2016
Revised and accepted: 8 July 2016
Published online: 13 February 2017
Editor: J.W. Arntzen