Evolutionary and biogeographic origins of high tropical diversity in old world frogs (Ranidae).

@article{Wiens2009EvolutionaryAB,
  title={Evolutionary and biogeographic origins of high tropical diversity in old world frogs (Ranidae).},
  author={John J. Wiens and Jeet Sukumaran and R Alexander Pyron and Rafe M Brown},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2009},
  volume={63 5},
  pages={1217-31}
}
Differences in species richness between regions are ultimately explained by patterns of speciation, extinction, and biogeographic dispersal. Yet, few studies have considered the role of all three processes in generating the high biodiversity of tropical regions. A recent study of a speciose group of predominately New World frogs (Hylidae) showed that their low diversity in temperate regions was associated with relatively recent colonization of these regions, rather than latitudinal differences… CONTINUE READING

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