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2013

Biology

University of Mississippi

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Phylogeography Of The Malagasy Ant Species Odontomachus Coquereli, Jason Jackson Jan 2013

Phylogeography Of The Malagasy Ant Species Odontomachus Coquereli, Jason Jackson

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Madagascar is an extremely diverse and geographically complex area boasting levels of endemism that blatantly raise questions about their origins. There is evidence that these endemics arose via insitu diversification during Madagascar's ~88 million year isolation, even though it was essentially in the middle of Gondwana with ample opportunity to acquire inhabitants. Madagascar's high levels of diversity and endemism make it an ideal location to study speciation, especially considering the evidence that such high levels speciation occurred in Madagascar itself. Several hypotheses have been formulated to relate the complex geography to genetic divergence, and thereby speciation. I explore ...