Phenotypic Convergence in Genetically Distinct Lineages of a Rhinolophus Species Complex (Mammalia, Chiroptera)

@inproceedings{Jacobs2013PhenotypicCI,
  title={Phenotypic Convergence in Genetically Distinct Lineages of a Rhinolophus Species Complex (Mammalia, Chiroptera)},
  author={David S Jacobs and Hassan Babiker and Anna Bastian and Teresa Kearney and Rowen van Eeden and Jacqueline M. Bishop},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2013}
}
Phenotypes of distantly related species may converge through adaptation to similar habitats and/or because they share biological constraints that limit the phenotypic variants produced. A common theme in bats is the sympatric occurrence of cryptic species that are convergent in morphology but divergent in echolocation frequency, suggesting that echolocation may facilitate niche partitioning, reducing competition. If so, allopatric populations freed from competition, could converge in both… CONTINUE READING