Over-water dispersal of lizards due to hurricanes

  title={Over-water dispersal of lizards due to hurricanes},
  author={Ellen J. Censky and Karim Hodge and Judith E. Dudley},
The possibility and probability of over-water dispersal as a mechanism to explain the distribution of terrestrial animal species in the Caribbean has been hotly debated since the early part of this century,. Each theory that has been proposed — including land bridges and over-water dispersal — has involved over-water dispersal to some extent in the distribution of animals. Yet many people remain sceptical of over-water dispersal, believing that the use of rafts is improbable, unobservable and… 
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  • Environmental Science, Biology
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences
  • 2003
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