A null model for species richness gradients: bounded range overlap of butterflies and other rainforest endemics in Madagascar

@inproceedings{Lees1999ANM,
  title={A null model for species richness gradients: bounded range overlap of butterflies and other rainforest endemics in Madagascar},
  author={David C. Lees and C Kremen and Lanto Andriamampianina},
  year={1999}
}
Species richness has classically been thought to increase from the poles towards the Equator, and from high elevations down to sea-level. However, the largest radiation of butterflies in Madagascar, the subtribe Mycalesina (c. 67 spp.) does not exhibit such a monotonic pattern, either for empirical records or for interpolated species ranges. Instead, summation of mycalesine ranges generates a domed curve of species richness values approximately symmetric around mid latitudes within the island… CONTINUE READING

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