Delimiting species without nuclear monophyly in Madagascar's mouse lemurs.

TitleDelimiting species without nuclear monophyly in Madagascar's mouse lemurs.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
JournalPloS one
Volume5
Issue3
Paginatione9883
Date Published2010
Abstract

Speciation begins when populations become genetically separated through a substantial reduction in gene flow, and it is at this point that a genetically cohesive set of populations attain the sole property of species: the independent evolution of a population-level lineage. The comprehensive delimitation of species within biodiversity hotspots, regardless of their level of divergence, is important for understanding the factors that drive the diversification of biota and for identifying them as targets for conservation. However, delimiting recently diverged species is challenging due to insufficient time for the differential evolution of characters--including morphological differences, reproductive isolation, and gene tree monophyly--that are typically used as evidence for separately evolving lineages.

URLhttp://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0009883
DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0009883
Short TitlePLoS One
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