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Birth of a biome: insights into the assembly and maintenance of the Australian arid zone biota
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This review highlights the opportunities that development of arid conditions provides for rapid and diverse evolutionary radiations, and re-enforces the emerging view that Pleistocene environmental change can have diverse impacts on genetic structure and diversity in different biomes.
Islands under the desert: molecular systematics and evolutionary origins of stygobitic water beetles (Coleoptera : Dytiscidae) from central Western Australia
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The analyses indicate that there have been multiple independent origins of stygobitic dytiscids and that origins correlate with the onset of aridity during the Miocene and also provide evidence that each calcrete aquifer may represent a 'subterranean island'.
Molecular phylogeny and historical biogeography of the large carpenter bees, genus Xylocopa (Hymenoptera: Apidae)
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Historical biogeographical analyses of the genus Xylocopa Latreille are presented, showing that the major splits in the carpenter bee phylogeny occurred well after the final breakup of Gondwanaland, but before important Miocene fusion events.
Subterranean archipelago in the Australian arid zone: mitochondrial DNA phylogeography of amphipods from central Western Australia
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Phylogenetic analyses and population genetic analyses provided strong evidence for the existence of at least 16 crangonyctoid and six hyalid divergent mitochondrial lineages, each restricted in their distribution to a single calcrete aquifer, in support of the ‘subterranean island (archipelago) hypothesis’ and extending its scope to include entirely water respiring invertebrates.
Multiple biogeographical barriers identified across the monsoon tropics of northern Australia: phylogeographic analysis of the brachyotis group of rock‐wallabies
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The results indicate multiple barriers between the Top End (Northern Territory) and Kimberley (Western Australia), which have caused divergence throughout the Plio‐Pleistocene, and delineate the time‐scale of diversification within the region.
Is the Australian subterranean fauna uniquely diverse
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The diversity of subterranean fauna in several key regions for the mostly arid western half of Australia is critically examined to document level of speciesrichness and diversity, and to predict that the geologically younger, although morepoorlystudied, eastern half of the Australian continent is likely to be unlikely to be diverse, except for stygofaunainporous media.
Deep phylogeographic structuring of populations of the trapdoor spider Moggridgea tingle (Migidae) from southwestern Australia: evidence for long‐term refugia within refugia
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The hypothesis that climate change, particularly the aridification of Australia after the late Miocene, and the topography of the landscape, which allowed persistence of moist habitats, have been major drivers of speciation in southwestern Australia is supported.
Assessment of prey overlap between a native (Polistes humilis) and an introduced (Vespula germanica) social wasp using morphology and phylogenetic analyses of 16S rDNA
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The aim of this study was to identify the protein foods that these wasps feed on and indicates that while P. humilis is restricted to feeding on lepidopteran larvae, V. germanica collects a variety of prey of invertebrate and vertebrate origin.
Phylogeography of the ancient Parabathynellidae (Crustacea : Bathynellacea) from the Yilgarn region of Western Australia
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Analysis of sequence data showed the existence of divergent mtDNA lineages and species restricted in their distribution to a single calcrete, in support of the broader hypothesis that these calcretes are equivalent to closed island habitats comprising endemic taxa.
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