Subterranean archipelago in the Australian arid zone: mitochondrial DNA phylogeography of amphipods from central Western Australia.

@article{Cooper2007SubterraneanAI,
  title={Subterranean archipelago in the Australian arid zone: mitochondrial DNA phylogeography of amphipods from central Western Australia.},
  author={Steven J. B. Cooper and John H Bradbury and Kathleen M. Saint and R. J. De Leys and Andrew D. Austin and William F. Humphreys},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  year={2007},
  volume={16 7},
  pages={1533-44}
}
In 1998, a unique subterranean ecosystem was discovered in numerous isolated calcrete (carbonate) aquifers in the arid Yilgarn region of Western Australia. Previous morphological and genetic analyses of a subterranean water beetle fauna suggest that calcrete aquifers are equivalent to closed island habitats that have been isolated for millions of years. We tested this hypothesis further by phylogeographic analyses of subterranean amphipods (Crangonyctoidea: Paramelitidae and Hyalidae) using… CONTINUE READING
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