Common garden and natural selection experiments support ecotypic differentiation in the Dominican anole (Anolis oculatus).

@article{Thorpe2005CommonGA,
  title={Common garden and natural selection experiments support ecotypic differentiation in the Dominican anole (Anolis oculatus).},
  author={Roger S. Thorpe and James T. Reardon and Anita Malhotra},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2005},
  volume={165 4},
  pages={495-504}
}
The theory behind ecotypic differentiation and ecological speciation assumes a predominant role for natural selection working on characteristics with genetic variance, but experimental support for these assumptions is limited. Lesser Antillean anoles show marked ecotypic variation within islands and the potential for ecological speciation. Common garden rearing experiments on the Dominican anole (Anolis oculatus) suggest that the characters showing geographic variation have genetic variance and… CONTINUE READING
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