Host shift to an invasive plant triggers rapid animal hybrid speciation

  title={Host shift to an invasive plant triggers rapid animal hybrid speciation},
  author={Dietmar Schwarz and Benjamin M. Matta and Nicole L. Shakir-Botteri and Bruce A. McPheron},
Speciation in animals is almost always envisioned as the split of an existing lineage into an ancestral and a derived species. An alternative speciation route is homoploid hybrid speciation in which two ancestral taxa give rise to a third, derived, species by hybridization without a change in chromosome number. Although theoretically possible it has been regarded as rare and hence of little importance in animals. On the basis of molecular and chromosomal evidence, hybridization is the best… CONTINUE READING
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