The widespread misconception about the Japanese major biogeographic boundary, the Watase line (Tokara gap), revealed by bibliographic and beta diversity analyses

@article{Komaki2017TheWM,
  title={The widespread misconception about the Japanese major biogeographic boundary, the Watase line (Tokara gap), revealed by bibliographic and beta diversity analyses},
  author={Shohei Komaki and Takeshi Igawa},
  journal={bioRxiv},
  year={2017}
}
The biota of the Japanese Archipelago is divided into the Palearctic and Oriental realms by the Watase line (Tokara gap), a major biogeographic boundary of Japan. This boundary is generally placed between Akusekijima and Kodakarajima Islands of the Tokara Archipelago, and has been the subject of many biogeographic debates. However, despite being widely accepted, the position of the boundary is doubtful because of a lack of clear evidence. Here, to verify the definition and existence of the… 
Widespread misperception about a major East Asian biogeographic boundary exposed through bibliographic survey and biogeographic meta‐analysis
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