Collembola, the biological species concept and the underestimation of global species richness.

@article{Cicconardi2013CollembolaTB,
  title={Collembola, the biological species concept and the underestimation of global species richness.},
  author={Francesco Cicconardi and Pietro Paolo Fanciulli and Brent C. Emerson},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  year={2013},
  volume={22 21},
  pages={5382-96}
}
Despite its ancient origin, global distribution and abundance in nearly all habitats, the class Collembola is comprised of only 8000 described species and is estimated to number no more than 50,000. Many morphologically defined species have broad geographical ranges that span continents, and recent molecular work has revealed high genetic diversity within species. However, the evolutionary significance of this genetic diversity is unknown. In this study, we sample five morphological species of… CONTINUE READING