Rapid diversification and not clade age explains high diversity in neotropical Adelpha butterflies.

@article{Mullen2011RapidDA,
  title={Rapid diversification and not clade age explains high diversity in neotropical Adelpha butterflies.},
  author={Sean P. Mullen and Wesley K. Savage and Niklas Wahlberg and Keith R Willmott},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2011},
  volume={278 1713},
  pages={1777-85}
}
Latitudinal gradients in species richness are among the most well-known biogeographic patterns in nature, and yet there remains much debate and little consensus over the ecological and evolutionary causes of these gradients. Here, we evaluated whether two prominent alternative hypotheses (namely differences in diversification rate or clade age) could account for the latitudinal diversity gradient in one of the most speciose neotropical butterfly genera (Adelpha) and its close relatives. We… CONTINUE READING

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