Climatic change as an engine for speciation in flightless Orthoptera species inhabiting African mountains.

  title={Climatic change as an engine for speciation in flightless Orthoptera species inhabiting African mountains.},
  author={Kjetil Lysne Voje and Claudia Hemp and \Oystein Flagstad and G P Saetre and Nils Chr. Stenseth},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  volume={18 1},
Many East African mountains are characterized by an exceptionally high biodiversity. Here we assess the hypothesis that climatic fluctuations during the Plio-Pleistocene led to ecological fragmentation with subsequent genetic isolation and speciation in forest habitats in East Africa. Hypotheses on speciation in savannah lineages are also investigated. To do this, mitochondrial DNA sequences from a group of bush crickets consisting of both forest and savannah inhabiting taxa were analysed in… CONTINUE READING
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