Testing the island effect in adaptive radiation: rates and patterns of morphological diversification in Caribbean and mainland Anolis lizards.

@article{Pinto2008TestingTI,
  title={Testing the island effect in adaptive radiation: rates and patterns of morphological diversification in Caribbean and mainland Anolis lizards.},
  author={Gabriel Pinto and Donald L. Mahler and Luke J. Harmon and Jonathan B Losos},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2008},
  volume={275 1652},
  pages={2749-57}
}
Many of the classic examples of adaptive radiation, including Caribbean Anolis lizards, are found on islands. However, Anolis also exhibits substantial species richness and ecomorphological disparity on mainland Central and South America. We compared patterns and rates of morphological evolution to investigate whether, in fact, island Anolis are exceptionally diverse relative to their mainland counterparts. Quite the contrary, we found that rates and extent of diversification were comparable… CONTINUE READING

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