Local Endemism Within the Western Ghats-Sri Lanka Biodiversity Hotspot

  title={Local Endemism Within the Western Ghats-Sri Lanka Biodiversity Hotspot},
  author={F. Bossuyt and M. Meegaskumbura and N. Beenaerts and D. Gower and R. Pethiyagoda and K. Roelants and An Mannaert and M. Wilkinson and M. Bahir and K. Manamendra-Arachchi and P. Ng and C. Schneider and O. Oommen and M. Milinkovitch},
  pages={479 - 481}
  • F. Bossuyt, M. Meegaskumbura, +11 authors M. Milinkovitch
  • Published 2004
  • Geography, Medicine
  • Science
  • The apparent biotic affinities between the mainland and the island in the Western Ghats–Sri Lanka biodiversity hotspot have been interpreted as the result of frequent migrations during recent periods of low sea level. We show, using molecular phylogenies of two invertebrate and four vertebrate groups, that biotic interchange between these areas has been much more limited than hitherto assumed. Despite several extended periods of land connection during the past 500,000 years, Sri Lanka has… CONTINUE READING
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